By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
A leading indigenous solar energy solution provider in Nigeria, Blue Carmel Energy Ltd, said it has completed installation of 18,000 street lights in different parts of the country.
Speaking at the just concluded 15th edition of the annual event held for four days at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, Nigeria, the Head, Operations, Blue Carmel Ltd, Bathlomew Anzaku, said all the street lights were locally made, adding that the company has a solar plant in Kaduna where it assembles solar accessories.
“We have deployed over 18, 000 locally made solar street lights across the country so far.
“Aside providing solar solutions, we also train people and render consultancy services in solar across the country.
We have done a lot of solar projects in Nigeria, including domestic and corporate stand alone,” he said,” he said.
Explaining the rational behind training youths alongside the services, the Blue Carmel Chief Operator said, “We have trained over 400 youths. We normally train them in the areas where we operate to guarantee project sustainability because we use to have warranty of 4 to 5 years on our products and services. And we pay those youths within the period.”
He however said there are some challenges facing the solar solution business in the country.
“One of the major challenges confronting the business in Nigeria is that many people ignorantly believe that solar is capital intensive and are scared from keying into it, whereas it is not so.
He said in a bid to make the solar system affordable to Nigerians, different payment plans have been arranged.
“For instance, we did some street lights under a payment plan of 36 months,” he said.
Another challenge, he said, is the difficulty in accessing foreign exchange (FOREX). He therefore appeal to government to ensure that access is made easy for business to thrive.
Commending the organisers of AIHS, Anzaku said, “This year’s show has been very impressive so far; people turned out in spite of the COVID-19, and we are making impact in terms of creating awareness about what we do.”