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Talentcity Energy’s skills acquisition programme to boost economic development effort – CEO

Talentcity Energy, a renewable energy development company has reiterated its commitment in bridging the skills gap in the renewable energy sector as part of its contribution to the achievement of the Renewable Energy Master Plan (REMP).

Speaking on the firm’s plan, its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Olatayo Ajiboye, said in statement on Sunday in Lagos that the firm was committed to doing this to support government’s economic development efforts.

Ajiboye said that the firm was ramping up its youth empowerment programme with three trainings scheduled for the rest of the year.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Talentcity Energy is one of Nigeria’s major players in the renewable energy sector which is fast building a reputation as a one-stop shop for skills acquisition.

It has been involved in the training of Nigerian youths as solar installers, energy auditors, system analysts and designers, as well as in energy cost and management.

According to him, the sector has an estimated market value of nine billion dollar per annum in Nigeria just for the solar home systems and mini grids.

He added that the skills acquisition programme would also contribute to national development because it would address the obvious gap between the demand for solar home systems and the shortage of experts to handle projects for homes and businesses.

In recognition of its potential, the Federal Government introduced renewable energy into the National Energy Policy in 2003; and went ahead three years later to create the Renewable Energy Master Plan (REMP).

It is hoped that the successful implementation of the government’s master plan should result in enough wind, solar PV, solar thermal, and hydroelectricity sources by 2025 to provide the equivalent of the total grid capacity in use today.

The Nigerian market for solar home system is estimated at two billion dollar, with Ajiboye estimating that four out of every five Nigerian homes lack efficient and stable supply of electricity; even as an estimated 85 per cent of Nigerians still lack access to grid electricity.

Ajiboye said the skills acquisition programme would also help to address the growing unemployment in the country by equipping the youth with skills that can put them to work immediately as Solar-Tricians.

According to him, the firm’s seven-day intensive training is a life-changing programme as unemployed youths can potentially go from earning nothing to earning averagely N300,000 per month by working as solar installers, energy auditors, system analysts and designers.

Talentcity Energy specialises in the deployment of clean, sustainable, specialised, and cost -effective solutions to different target audiences.

Its solutions range from commercial to utility markets and it has been involved in the training of solar installers through practical and theoretical training.

This, it does through its Talentcity Solar-Trician Training Academy.

“Our solar training seeks to equip participants with an in-depth knowledge of the theories of solar PV systems and their installation through practical sessions.

“Our seasoned professionals and trainers take participants through taught sessions and hands-on training,” the CEO said.

Ajiboye disclosed that the first of the three trainings scheduled for the year starts on Nov. 27, while the second would begin on Dec. 6.

He also said the third one for the year would commence on Dec. 15.

Ajiboye added that the company was offering a partial scholarship to the first 100 youths to register for any of the three trainings scheduled for the year.

According to him, it means they will be allowed to register for a discounted price of N40,000 as compared to the usual N70,000. (NAN)

Caleb Ijioma

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