Energy derivement is at the crux of solar usage, The other sources of energy in the country are not renewable and it was slowly but continuously depleting in its abundance as well as polluting the environment.
The need for alternatives is no longer disputed, as the consequences of relying solely on petroleum and its products are glaring. Nigerians have in recent times started working towards optimizing solar as an energy source.
Solar energy when harnessed can be used alongside technology to power buildings, offices, provide solar heating, photovoltaics among others.
Solar, however, is not just an energy source, it is a renewable energy that is clean, affordable, and most importantly does not pollute the environment. Now, various organizations have started innovation leveraging solar and tech.
There are several solar startups in Nigeria providing varying solutions to the varying needs of Nigeria with regards to energy for individuals, households, and organizations.
The top solar startups in Nigeria are:
This solar startup was founded by Jasper Graf von Hardenberg and Christian Weasels in 2017 to provide the power needed to run businesses.
Electrical instability is one of the problems faced by business owners and organizations daily and the cost of using and maintaining a generator is high.
Daystar power builds solar panels per the customer’s request, so it’s efficient and affordable and also environmentally friendly. The solar startup has over time run over two hundred installations and is currently present in four countries.
Daystar runs hybrid solar power systems for businesses and is committed to doing so, helping these businesses stay focused on their business properly while they take care of the power supply.
This solar startup strategy is uniquely different as they outsource and partner with other solar companies that provide the hardware while they provide the solar panels and maintain it.
Then the payment system is done through a Blockchain platform, this way renewals are easily paid for. OneWattSolar also monitors the installation process and ensures that the company constantly has light.
This solar startup was founded in 2019 and is located in Abuja. Afrinet Power provides clean energy innovations with the rural settlements as their primary target.
Afrinet Power is one of the winners of the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center embryo incubation period. This solar startup believes that enhancing energy access in such rural locations will be impactful for development and opportunities.
Afrinet Powers’ solution is called decentralized solar home systems, this creates a mini-grids circle. This way the community has clean energy and more opportunities to hasten development.
Founded in 2020, the solar startup is researching permanent solutions to electricity problems in Nigeria. Bin Energy has an integrated modular auxiliary power and also has built a solar community around repairing, reselling, and recycling solar systems.
Now there is a cluster of professionals who can handle your solar issues whatever the case might be. Bin Energy has over one thousand solar companies, consisting of solar equipment manufacturers, developers, suppliers, distributors, installers among others.
Founded in 2015 by a TEF entrepreneur, Osakwe. Quadcycle Easy manufactures hybrid sustainable cars that use both electricity and solar batteries. Hence, it’s classified as a solar startup.
These hybrid vehicles can be used for security patrol, students’ shuttle, and many other services. These vehicles can help drastically reduce the use of gasoline-powered vehicles, especially the tricycle.
This solar startup aggregates solar installation quotes from different sources and then makes the best offer that is affordable to its users. This process ensures the customer gets a better deal as well as solves their power issue.
MySolarBid also affords the clients the option of flexible payment plans. Here the client makes payments in installments according to the plan selected.
There is still a lot to be done to improve solar energy usage and encourage startups in this sector in Nigeria, seeing as the world is rapidly adopting sustainable energy sources that protect the environment.
We need to up our game so we don’t become dependent on other countries for clean energy development as gasoline and its derivatives are slowly becoming obsolete.