Electricity Provision In Nigerian University Libraries: The Solar Energy Solution
Index Terms: Electricity provision, University libraries, solar energy, Nigeria
Abstract: The library is widely accepted as the heartbeat of the educational enterprise. Improving the quality of library services in higher education systems via solar energy back-up becomes necessary as a result of the inadequacy of power generation and distribution in Nigeria. The Nigeria’s power generation capacity is 6,090MW (Estimated demand is 10,000MW); yet actual supply fluctuates well below that figure and averages less than 50 percent of its capacity annually. According to Energy Information Administration (EIA), Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of net electricity generation per capita in the world. The Country’s generation is often hampered by gas supply challenges caused by pipeline vandalism along its Escravos-Lagos pipeline network, among other issues. Policy framework exists to increase generation to over 20,000MW by 2020. Obviously, there is much work to be done. Should the universities wait? How long? Solar energy is the solution to the problem.
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