NASENI to train 20 Nigerians on solar panel design, installation

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The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) is to train 20 people in the design and installation of solar panel to serve as an alternative source of energy in the country.

The training is expected to be conducted from July 30 to Aug. 10.

NASENI’s Training Coordinator, Mr Emmanuel Ajayi, made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said the two-week training programme, scheduled to hold in Abuja, would be organised in collaboration with Cornell University Institute for African Development (IAD).

Ajayi explained that the programme, designed to provide mentorship to 20 potential solar energy systems installers, would also encourage them to become solar energy enterpreneurs and service providers.

“Solar energy system is becoming an important source of energy to the populace.

“As the demand for solar electricity increases, so also is the demand for skilled solar installers,’’ he said.

He expressed concern that activities of quack solar installers in the past marred the integrity of solar energy system in the country.

“To avoid these types of challenges in the future of solar electricity, there is need to develop a critical mass of highly skilled solar systems installers,’’ he said.

He added that the trainees would be exposed to practical field experience on how to design and install solar panel to power water supply systems in two rural communities.

“The trainees will also be provided at least six months mentorship in their quest to becoming solar energy entrepreneurs and service providers,’’ he added. (NAN)

Biola Lawal

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