Desert Technologies (DT) recently participated in the Live Online conference “RENPOWER NIGERIA INVESTORS 2021” which lasted from March 31st to April 1st, 2021. The founder of the company, Mr. Nour Mousa, discussed projects in solar PV and grid-connected electricity access across Nigeria and other markets among more than 200 high-level decision-makers, market participants and stakeholders from around the world.
The conference provided the participants with an opportunity to learn about the future of the renewable energy market and the Nigerian government’s plans to generate electricity with solar energy using Nigeria’s great potential to supply the shortage of electric power and encourage investment in solar energy projects in many rural villages to improve education, water supply, health, agriculture, trade and security.
Despite being the leading economy in the African continent in terms of GDP ($ 443 billion), the installed electrical capacity in Nigeria does not exceed 12,522 MW in 2020, as only 36% of the population in rural areas has access to electricity. The federal government hopes to improve the situation through the Nigeria Electrification Project funded by the World Bank and the African Development Bank, and the success and plans to provide 20% of its generated electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.
Participants in the conference reviewed the Nigerian government’s efforts in the field of renewable energy and future projects in the field of solar photovoltaics, wind energy, geothermal energy, hydropower and biomass. As well as new technologies, integrated energy solutions, storage systems and other industrial and commercial applications and efforts to advance the distribution of Energy, off-grid solutions, and small grid deployment.
Eng. Nour Moussa, the founder and CEO of Desert Technologies, presented during the conference the experience of DT before a group of experts with inspiring insights and ideas and stated that the participation of DT in the conference came from its keenness and interest in the African and Nigerian markets with DT having significant experience in providing solar PV products and solutions to commercial and industrial clients, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Nigeria is endowed with abundant and diversified energy resources, both conventional and renewable and has recently invested more than US $ 20 billion in solar energy projects. This can eventually provide the country with a sufficient capacity to meet the ambitions of a full nationwide electrification level, both urban and rural.
During the conference, Nour Mousa stated:
“DT is an independent fully integrated PV solar energy platform with a proven track record as a PV developer, investor, EPC and O&M contractor and PV solar panel & energy storage solutions manufacturer. Headquartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, operating across Africa, the Middle East and Emerging Asia, DT is a diversified company operating across the value chain of the solar sector. DT’s integrated approach guarantees the long-term sustainability of growth to the PV sector, and its unique position stems from its operation in different verticals through this approach.”
Particularly in this forum Nour Mousa discussed the business case of SAHARA, DT’s off-grid solution to grant sustainable access to electricity in remote and rural areas. SAHARA is DT’s containerized solar generator, a very agile and versatile product designed to operate under different conditions. Through this system, small businesses will have the ability to light their shops and power their computers, while other businesses may require power to operate machinery and appliances such as refrigerators and electric sewing machines to grow beyond the local market.
The breakthrough of mini-grid systems in developing nations is the optimal and most transformative solution for the future of rural electrification. Nour Mousa stated that SAHARA has been designed specifically to reply to the critical need of enhancing electricity access in Africa, through micro-grid and off-grid solutions. SAHARA is a plug and play, stand-alone system which can support local communities and their development by relieving their dependency on power generated from the grid. It is essential to delivering power that is consistent and cost-effective to households and public facilities to shift from poverty and distorted economic development conditions.
He also mentioned that with the SAHARA series we are looking at a levelized cost of electricity at about 11 cUSD /kWh provided by the hybrid system, which is already half of what Diesel is today. He also mentioned that DT is planning to provide finance at a large scale and electrify villages in the sub-Saharan region.
About Desert Technologies (DT)
Desert Technologies (DT), headquartered in Saudi Arabia, is a global platform for sustainable development including investment development & management and an engineering, procurement and construction platform for large-scale renewable energy projects. DT is committed to building a future of sustainable and environmentally responsible energy generation. DT’s portfolio exceeds 210 million USD in projects, with an additional 1.4 billion USD in the pipeline.
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