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Renewable Energy: SON Approves Four New Standards

As part of effort towards implementing the Federal Government’s agenda for economic diversification, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has  launched four new standards for renewable and efficient energy productivity.

According to the agency, apart from increasing access to power supply across the country, the new standards would open up improved investments in the renewable and efficient energy sector.

A statement from the office of the Director General of SON, noted that the solar power industry relies heavily on standardisation, even as renewable energy has become increasingly important across the country.

Consequently, according to the statement, the Agency has unveiled new energy standards for energy meters, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, inverters, batteries and charger controllers.

The standards body noted that this is to substantially increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix under the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“In a country such as Nigeria, where expensive and ecologically harmful diesel generators are widely used, the unveiling of the new standards would improve access to electricity in Nigeria.” The statement read.

“We would deploy a multi-stakeholder approach with consultations and inputs from relevant public-private entities to develop a more regulated and standardised market that encourages further investments into Renewable Energy (RE) and Efficient Energy (EE) sector.” SON added.

To achieve this, the statement said SON is currently being assisted by the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), a technical assistance programme co-funded by the European Union and the German Government and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Power.

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