The UNEP Denmark Technical University Partnership (UNEP DTU) on behalf of CCAC, facilitated the South-South Learning Exchange workshop focused on clean energy (lighting and cooking) end...
Access to clean energy is an important step to achieving sustainable development in Nigeria, where 57% of an estimated 130, 900 child deaths due to acute lower respiratory infections is attributable to household air pollution.
Emitting large amounts of air pollutants such as black carbon, fuels traditionally used for cooking and lighting are the main sources of household air pollution in Nigeria. In addition to their heavy health and environmental costs, these fuels are also often expensive and unreliable. Kerosene for example, a subsidized fuel commonly used for lighting, is often in short supply and ends up being sold on the black market at prices most families cannot afford.
Making clean energy more widely available to end users, especially to households located in remote places, remains a challenge, as financing options must be attractive to microfinance institutions and affordable for consumers.
Experience in other countries has shown that solar lighting sold on credit can result in immediate savings for households when compared to the cost of dirty fuels such as kerosene.