United Kingdom’s Deputy High Commissioner, Mr Ben Llewellyn-Jones giving his goodwill message at the event.

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in collaboration with the Africa Clean Energy (ACE) Programme launched the first of its kind Africa renewable energy laboratory, and a Market Surveillance initiative at the SON multi-laboratory complex in Ogba, Lagos State.

The Director-General/ Chief Executive, Mallam Farouk Salim in his keynote address during the Stand-Alone Products Testing Laboratory handover and Market Surveillance launch, lauded the success of the initiative whose journey began with the development of requisite standards for solar stand-alone systems (SAS) as approved by the Standards Council of Nigeria despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic after the project began.

The Director-General who was represented at the event by the Director, Management System Certification, Engr. Felix Nyado expressed gratitude to all stakeholders for collaborating with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to achieve this laudable project.

According to Salim, the commissioning of the project will ameliorate challenges of the renewable energy sector stating that SON has the requisite standards for equipment for the renewable sector and that these standards will improve Nigeria’s ability to complement the power generating/ distribution companies especially the clean energy initiatives of the Federal Government.

The SON boss, therefore, restated SON’s willingness to continuously engage with stakeholders, manufacturers, assemblers and importers in the renewable sector to sanitize the sector so that only quality products that meet the requirement of the standards will be sold in the markets,

Salim explained further that the responsibility rests on stakeholders to patronize the newly commissioned laboratory to ensure that only good quality renewable energy and energy-efficient products are found in Nigeria markets as this will enhance the implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and guarantee the growth of the nation’s economy.

The special guest of honour at the event, the United Kingdom’s Deputy High Commissioner, Mr Ben Llewellyn-Jones, congratulated Nigeria, the International Finance Corporation and other development partners on the success of the project.

Llewellyn-Jones noted that the project was the first of its kind in West Africa and the SAS Lab will continue to improve the African ecosystem, stressing that he was optimistic with the launch of the market surveillance plan, SON will purge all substandard solar products from the market, he, therefore, called on all stakeholders to corporate with SON to ensure that quality is maintained for Stand-Alone Solar Products.

SON Management Staff at the event included the Director, Standards Development, Mr Dauda Yakubu, who acknowledged the assistance from numerous stakeholders in the renewable energy sector for putting in their best for the successful launch of the laboratory and the official handover, while the Director, Laboratory Services SON, Dr Barth Ugwu appreciated the relentless efforts of the Director-General in equipping SON’s existing laboratories and improving SON’s overall laboratory services.

The Group Head, Electrical/Electronic, Engr. Alewo Cherry Achema in his vote-of-thanks voiced his gratitude to all the stakeholders for making the project possible and charged them to continue to partner with SON for the benefit of Nigeria and humanity.

The event had in attendance special guests such as Mr Kalim M. Shah (International Finance Corporation), Chibuikem Agbaegbu (ACE TAF Country Manager) Mr Ahmad Salihijo (Rural Electrification Agency), Engr. Akan Michael (Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Prof. M. Onuora (Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Association-Alliance), and SON staff

Group Photograph of Dignitaries inside the New Clean Energy Laboratory

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