Stakeholders explore crowdfunding as an alternative financing solution for small-scale RE projects

March 30, 2017

Local project developers have met today with bettervest, a crowdfunding platform, to explore the potential of crowdfunding to finance small renewable energy projects developed by local MSMEs in Nigeria. The conference, funded by the European Union, German Government and US Government, enabled a mutually beneficial exchange, which allowed bettervest to identify viable projects that it could finance through its crowdfunding platform.  


Local developers also gained an understanding of how to use crowdfunding for their small scale renewable energy projects. It is expected that this exchange leads to concrete collaborations that will accelerate the development of the renewable energy sector and increase electrification rates in Nigeria.


Nigerian Training Institutions promote RE & EE qualifications
February 28, 2017

Heads and representatives of the Nigerian Clean Energy Training Partnership Network participated in a summit in Abuja on February 24, 2017. The summit explored ways to commercialise the 7 courses and to create public demand for these qualifications while partners presented their first experiences with training delivery.


It was established that the robust curricula developed by national and international practitioners; and the training of trainers provided, empowered partners to cater to the professional needs of the growing industry. Preparations are underway for the  selection of an independent 3rd party certification body. The Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) and Nigeria Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (REEEP) committed to take responbsibility for the certification of successful professionals in the interim. The certification is of particular importance for commercial project lending and national recognition of qualifications.


Results: The Competency Standards for training are ready!

March 16, 2016
ComStan1In March 2015 the Energy Platform held a workshop to identify industry expectations on skills of professionals, keen to join the renewables industry and provide energy efficiency services.
These inputs provided the basis for the development of full-fledged standards for Nigeria, reflecting today’s market needs. With the support of NESP and REEEP these Competency Standards have now been finalised and published, see Library section of this website. Today these standards are already being used for the development of a new breed of clean energy training courses, which are being made accessible across the country within 2016. 
The participation of the industry enabled us to bridge the historic divide between education and industry and the Energy Platform is glad to have been the facilitator of this meeting of minds that fostered the development of the sector in a practical way. 
It is however important to note that the standards will not remain valid forever. Both standards and training courses have to be regularly reviewed to reflect market developments which would otherwise render them obsolete as new, additional  requirements emerge. We therefore envisage an update together with you, the industry in 3-5 years from now.


European Union, Germany and USA foster private investment for rural electrification

November 27, 2015

Nigerian investors, with interest in seizing the business opportunities in Nigeria’s growing renewable energy mini-grid market, have met today with private mini-grid developers in order to explore investment partnerships. The meeting took place at the one-day “Investors Preview Conference”, showcasing investment opportunities in renewable energy mini-grids that foster access to reliable electricity for rural dwellers.The conference was organized by the Energy Platform of Nigeria, and funded by the European Union, the German Government and the US Government.


The conference, attended by representatives from development banks, commercial banks, and investors, was a forum for the mini-grid developers, who were selected in the course of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme’s (NESP) guided idea competition, to present their rural solar mini-grid pilot projects to potential investors.


The mini-grid projects will provide access to reliable electricity for at least 10,000 people in Cross River, Niger, Ogun, Plateau and Sokoto states. The mini-grid operators will receive access to private investment, indirect grants from NESP, and technical assistance to ensure the sustainability and profitability of their projects.


European Union, Germany, and USA support vocational training in Nigeria’s clean energy sector      

August 31, 2015   

As part of the efforts by the European Union, the German government and the US government to support skills development for Nigeria’s growing clean energy sector; The Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), the Nigeria Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (REEEP) and 10 selected Nigerian training institutions, signed tri-party Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) at the Training Partnership Summit in Abuja on July 30, 2015. 


NESP and REEEP are collaborating to support Nigeria through training courses for the attainment of add-on qualifications by professionals in the local clean energy industry, procurement of relevant training equipment, and training the faculty of the selected institutions. Subsequently, training institutions will deliver these courses in order to prepare their students for the national certification to be awarded by the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA).


Stakeholders address the lack of access to finance for rural renewable min-grids in Nigeria 

May 15, 2015

A workshop gathering the public sector, investors, financiers and project developers was organized by the NESP and REEEP to discuss possible risk mitigation mechanisms towards attracting finance for the large scale

Renewable mini-grids represent a cost-effective solution, particularly for rural areas. However, the peculiar risks faced by these projects hinder the involvement of private investors. roll out of rural renewable mini-grids.  

Low electrification levels and frequent blackouts in grid connected areas, pose a big challenge for the Government. It is generally agreed that without strong private involvement and the use of other electrification solutions than grid extension, Nigeria will not achieve universal access to electricity.


Past Events


Crowdfunding March 30, 2017

In this workshop, Bettervest- a crowdfunding platform and Nigerian project developers explored the potentials of crowdfunding to finance small-scale renewable energy projects in Nigeria.

>> Event Materials:


NESP Presentation

Bettervest Presentation


Investors' Nov 27, 2015

Investors' Preview Conference 2015

Mini-grid developers, supported by NESP and REEEP, presented their mini-grid projects to potential investors who are interested in harnessing the business opportunities in Nigeria’s rapidly growing mini-grid market.

>> Event Materials:


Introduction to NESP

Mini-Grid developers presentations:

1. Nayo presentation

1a. Nayo brochure

2. Rubitec presentation

2a. Rubitec brochure

3. Linksoft presentation

3a. Linksoft brochure

4. Go Solar presentation

4a. Go Solar brochure

5. PHED presentation

For those interested in receiving the conference minutes, contact luis-carlos.miro@giz.de 

Finance, May 15, 2015
Skills, Mar 12, 2015

Training for the Market: Validation of Competencies

This consultation identified skills required by the renewable energy industry and energy efficiency practitioners. Competency standards will now be developed based on these results to shape curriculum development and a certification system. 

» Event materials

Competency Standards – Zero draft
Competency Standards – Workshop results
1 Why validate competencies
2 Follow-up on results

Launch, Nov 20, 2014

Launch of the Energy Platform

The Energy Platform was launched to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue to catalyse market development on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

» Event materials

1 Intro NESP

2 Intro REEEP

3 Introducing EnPoN

4 Flagging off EnPoN