With the Hike in Electricity Tariff, The Future Is Solar Powered

REES Africa
4 min readAug 14, 2023
Energy from the sun will be the dominant renewable energy source according to experts' predictions.

Are you tired of the ever-increasing electricity tariff despite the inconsistent power supply in many areas? You must be.

The hike in electricity tariff is never going to stop. Maybe one day, the power supply will be consistent in every part of Nigeria. But while we hope and pray, we still have the option of seeking alternative sources of power such as solar.

Solar power offers a multitude of benefits. Among its many strengths is its potential to shape a greener and more sustainable future. Unlike fossil fuels, solar energy is virtually inexhaustible. When we also compare solar with the national grid, we see that solar-generated electricity has more advantages for its users. So, If properly harnessed, we can significantly reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources, reduce our carbon footprint, combat pollution, mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and protect our ecosystems while also enjoying a steady power supply.

We can harness solar power in diverse settings; its adaptability and scalability make it suited for both urban and rural settings, enabling access to electricity in remote areas. Solar panels can be incorporated into rooftops, parking lots, and even vehicles, maximizing both space and energy efficiency. In addition, solar power grants individuals and communities greater control over their energy production and consumption. By installing solar panels on rooftops or in open spaces, households and businesses can generate their electricity and become less reliant on the conventional power grid. This increased energy independence offers greater stability and security, especially during times of emergencies or power outages.

How About When the sun goes down?

Well, that's not an issue because solar technology has that covered too. Energy storage systems, such as advanced batteries, are rapidly evolving to store excess solar energy during the day for use during the night or on cloudy days. With these technologies, we can enjoy a constant and reliable power supply, even when the sun isn't shining at its brightest.

When we look at it from the angle of cost, solar-generated electricity helps us save in the long term. Nowadays, going solar is becoming increasingly affordable, making it a cost-effective option for individuals and businesses. Also, while the initial installation costs may be higher than traditional energy sources, solar panels have a long lifespan and require minimal maintenance. Over time, the energy savings can outweigh the initial investment, resulting in reduced electricity bills. So, by going solar, you're not only combating global warming but also saving on your electricity bill.

The Future is Solar Powered

In recent times, the solar energy sector has witnessed tremendous growth, becoming one of the most promising areas for investment and technological advancements. As the world continues to embrace renewable energy sources, solar power has emerged as a major, sustainable, and cost-effective solution. Governments worldwide have recognized the importance of transitioning to clean energy sources, leading to the introduction of numerous grants and incentives for solar energy projects. These programs aim to stimulate investment in the sector, drive technological innovation, and support the expansion of solar infrastructure.

Also, as the demand for solar power continues to rise, the industry creates jobs across various sectors, including manufacturing, installation, maintenance, research, and development. This job creation contributes to local economies, stimulates innovation, and promotes sustainable development. In addition, venture capital firms and private equity investors have demonstrated a growing interest in the solar energy sector. These investors actively seek promising solar startups and companies with innovative technologies, scalable business models, and strong growth potential. They offer financial backing, expertise, and industry connections to help solar energy enterprises thrive. By pitching their ideas to these investors, entrepreneurs can secure substantial funding to launch or expand their solar ventures.

The adoption of solar-generated electricity extends beyond stationary applications. Solar power can be utilized to fuel transportation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. Also, portable solar technologies provide flexible and renewable energy options for various situations. Solar panels installed on electric cars, buses, and even bicycles can capture sunlight and convert it into electricity to power the vehicle's propulsion or auxiliary systems. Portable solar panels and solar-powered generators can be used at camps, outdoor events, or in areas with limited access to electricity. These portable solutions often come with built-in batteries for energy storage and multiple charging options for electronic devices. They offer a convenient and eco-friendly alternative to traditional fossil fuel-powered generators or the national grid.

We All Can Use Solar Power

Advancements in solar technology have made it possible to incorporate solar panels into smaller devices without compromising their functionality. From smartphones and tablets to smartwatches, solar-powered smart devices have emerged as a better alternative to their traditional battery-operated or grid-powered counterparts. Solar-powered smart devices also contribute to a more sustainable future by minimizing the ecological footprint associated with energy consumption.

As we strive for a sustainable future, embracing solar energy offers a path toward reducing our carbon footprint and building a cleaner, greener, and more resilient world. Please check out our previous post on 'use solar, the sun is not complaining' and take the right steps towards a sustainable solar-powered future!

Photo: renewableengerysolar.net

Writer: Paul Temidayo



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