Nigeria’s power training institute becomes ECOWAS’ solar PV certification hub

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE) has picked the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), to be its center for certification and training in solar photovoltaic (PV) installation course within the West African region.

OGN gathered that ECREE communicated this to NAPTIN in a letter that was signed by its Executive Director, Mahama Kappia, and sent to the Nigerian agency.

Kappia, congratulated NAPTIN for attaining such an enviable status in renewable energy training, saying that he was looking forward to working with it to achieve optimum result in building the sub-region’s capacity in solar PV installation.

Similarly, the acting Director General of NAPTIN, Mr. Ahmed Nagode, in his response, welcomed the development and described it as a big step that would afford NAPTIN the opportunity to capture the West African regional market for power training.

He also emphasized the importance of building human capacity in the power sector, especially in renewable energy which according to him remains the future for easy and affordable access to electricity in the region.

He explained that NAPTIN developed its solar PV training curriculum and faculty with the support of the German International Development Agency (GIZ), under the Nigeria Energy support Programme (NESP), as well as the United States International Development Agency (USAID).