An assessment of renewable energy readiness in Africa: Case study of Nigeria and Cameroon.
Mas’ud, Abdullahi Abubakar
Wirba, Asan Vernyuy
Mas’ud, Ibrahim Abubakar
Munir, Abu Bakar
Yunus, Norhidayah Md
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MAS’UD, A. A., WIRBA, A. V., MUHAMMAD-SUKI, F., MAS’UD, I. A., MUNIR, A. B. and YUNUS, N. M., 2015. An assessment of renewable energy readiness in Africa: Case study of Nigeria and Cameroon. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 51, pp. 775-784.
Africa is blessed with abundant energy sources that can promote economic growth and provide sufficient capacity to meet up with the future electricity demand. This paper evaluates the progress made in renewable energy (RE) development in Nigeria and Cameroon together with the roadmaps for future implementation. Since the early 2000, Nigeria has identified RE as an additional source to improve electrical power generation, while Cameroon is yet to have a defined policy for RE development. Presently, in both countries, RE is being developed for empowering the local economies, but the RE incorporation to the national grid is yet to be implemented at a greater scale. Since Nigeria and Cameroon have similar climatic conditions, they can benefit from each other through greater cooperation in the RE sector. For the two countries, there is high solar irradiation and excellent wind speed that can be effectively utilized for electricity generation. For all these to benefit both nations, there is a greater need for good leadership and good governance.