Producing solar cells locally will help reduce price of solar panels by 60 per cent and contribute to Nigeria’s transition into a green economy, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said.
Onu said this while speaking at a virtual meeting with the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Mr Francesco La Camera, according to a statement on Thursday titled ‘Onu calls for indigenous solar cell production’.
The statement quoted the minister as saying the production of indigenous solar cells would have a positive attendant effect on many industries in the country.
He called for the assistance of IRENA on institutional capacity building for research in enhancing green hydrogen energy.
“We want to make our solar cells in Nigeria; more foreign investors should be encouraged to come into Nigeria, which has a huge market of 200 million people,” Onu said.
The IRENA DG assured the minister that the agency would collaborate with Nigeria in developing renewable energy and boosting foreign direct Investment.