The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, while visiting NASENI Solar Energy Ltd., revealed that the Federal Government was working to intensify efforts to increase power generation through solar energy, VON reports.

Onu said the ministry would facilitate access to the 85 per cent offer from China for the approval of the 15 per cent counterpart funding to guarantee local production of Solar Cells in Nigeria. “This will facilitate advanced research, drastically reduce the cost of solar power installation and increase clean energy local content in the power sector,” he said. Onu promised that the ministry would make a strong case for the patronage of NASENI Solar Energy Ltd.

Earlier, Prof. Sani Haruna, the Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), said the objective of setting up the company was to inject local content in the power sector. The objective also includes developing and demonstrating local capacity; creating business; generating revenue and building capacity in renewable energy generally.

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