An Assessment of Renewable Energy Readiness in Africa: Case Study of Nigeria and Cameroon

Abdullahi Abubakar Mas’uda,n, Asan Vernyuy Wirbab, Firdaus Muhammad-Sukkic,d,
Ibrahim Abubakar Mas’ude, Abu Bakar Munirf,g, Norhidayah Md Yunush

Abstract – Africa is blessed with abundant energy sources that can promote economic growth and provide sufficient capacity to meet up with the future electricity demand. This paper evaluates the progress made in renewable energy (RE) development in Nigeria and Cameroon together with the roadmaps for future implementation. Since the early 2000, Nigeria has identified RE as an additional source to improve electrical power generation, while Cameroon is yet to have a defined policy for RE development. Presently, in both countries, RE is being developed for empowering the local economies, but the RE incorporation to the national grid is yet to be implemented at a greater scale. Since Nigeria and Cameroon have similar climatic conditions, they can benefit from each other through greater cooperation in the RE sector. For the two countries, there is high solar irradiation and excellent wind speed that can be effectively utilized for electricity generation. For all these to benefit both nations, there is a greater need for good leadership and good governance.

Keyword: Renewable energy, Nigeria, Cameroon

aDepartment of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Jubail Industrial College, PO Box 10099, Saudi Arabia
bDepartment of Management and Information Technology, Jubail Industrial College, PO Box 10099, Saudi Arabia
cSchool of Engineering, Faculty of Design and Technology, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen AB10 7QB, Scotland, United Kingdom
dFaculty of Engineering, Multimedia University, Persiaran Multimedia, 63100 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia
eDepartment of Engineering Infrastructure, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, Abuja, Nigeria
fFaculty of Law, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
gUniversity of Malaya Malaysian Centre of Regulatory Studies (UMCoRS), University of Malaya, 5990 Jalan Pantai Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
hDepartment of Real Estate, Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia

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