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Ejigbo out with a bang, records first solar house in Lagos

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 Ejigbo Local Development Area hit the solar power industry with a bang recently recording the first ever fully solar-powered house in Lagos state.

The initiative is the brainchild of Concept Technologies owned by Mr. Tokunbo Tonade.

The project was launched into existence by the executive chairman of the Ejigbo LCDA, Alhaji Bello Oloyede Obe who hailed it as a sign of good things to come.

According to the Managing Director, Concept Technologies, Tokunbo Tonade, the idea of the house which is a Five bedroom bungalow which has been off the grid in the last one year was to explore renewable energy to solve the epileptic power supply in Nigeria. He also provided information on how to system came into existence.

“The home is a 5-bedroom bungalow powered by a 12.6KW solar Off-grid system that runs 94 per cent on the power of the sun and six per cent on diesel during cloudy weather. Off-grid means it has been completely disconnected from thermal electricity, and it’s been running without a blink since the last one year.

“The solar system generates 12.6KW of electricity per hour using 63 units of 200W solar modules, three units of 60AMPS MPPT controllers, three units of 3.2KW inverters and 24 units of 200AMPD deep cycle batteries.

” I have been trying to advocate for renewable energy because it has a lot of gains and for Nigerians to see its impact. With generator, you use some amount of money to install the generator, buy diesel and fuel it yearly and when we add everything up, they are higher than what you will use to install solar energy,”

He further said in the long-run, every year a bank spends N50 million to power each of its branches, in 10 years, it would have spent N500million to power a branch alone.

“I want to give you something that has 25 years warranty at N120million, and it will break even in two years, unlike your generator where you are spending N500million in 10 years and you are still spending all the way.

The Executive Chairmen of E  Isolo LCDA,  Alhaji Shamsudeen Olaleye, and his host, Alhaji Bello Oloyede respectively disclosed that the initiative would surely be embraced by the councils in their quest to reduce money spent on powering generating sets.

In their words, they commended the management of Concept Technologies for their efforts at putting the council on the world map with the unveiling of the off-grid solar powered house, while urging government to support the noble idea.

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