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ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SOCIETY

Achievements of the society Over the years, the members of the society spread all over the country have successfully designed and fabricated solar cookers, solar heaters solar stills, solar dryers, improved wood-stoves, biogas digesters, passive solar houses, solar refrigerators and air-conditioners, traffic lights, solar pilot water supply systems and even attempted the local production of silicon solar cells. Model solar energy villages have been set up in some parts of the country through the efforts of the members of the Society.

The Society, through some of her members have strongly advocated for a comprehensive energy policy for Nigeria. The efforts of the members speeded up the gazetting of the final decree on the amended Energy Commission Laws of 1979 and 1983. The Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) was thus established with a member of the Society, Professor I.H. Umar as the Director General. The Society advised Government to establish two national solar energy research centres at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto. The pronouncement of the establishment of the National Centre for Energy Research and Devleopemnt at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka was made at the National Solar Energy Forum held at the University of Lagos on the 25th March 19981 by the then Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. This was later followed by the establishment of Sokoto Energy Research Centre at the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto.

The Polytechnic Birnin Kebbi has set up three Solar Energy Villages at Tunga Buzu, Gotomo and U/Jario in Kebbi State. The Energy Commission of Nigeria through the National Centre for Energy Research and Development (NCERD), University of Nigeria, Nsukka also set up another model Solar Energy village at Iheakpu-Aka in Igbo-Eze LGA of Enugu State. The Sokoto Energy Research Centre (SERC), of the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto has also powered some villages with solar energy, notably at Kwalkwalawa village in Sokoto. In all the places where solar energy projects have been established, the quality of life of the populace has been enhanced. Some of the facilities in the solar villages have been installed for water supply, television viewing, community health, mosques, Quranic Schoosl, and mass literacy campaign. In March 1987, the Society undertook a feasibility studies for using solar electricity in health centres, television viewing centres and water supply.

The Society has organized several workshops, quiz and innovation competitions among secondary schools in Nigeria as means of stimulating studies in solar energy technologies in Nigria. The Society has the Professor Alexander E. O. Animalu prize for exceptional contribution to the development of solar energy in Nigeria, and the Annual Professor A. S. Sambo annual lecture series.

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