OneWattSolar seeks to Tackle Nigeria’s Electricity Crisis Using Blockchain Technology


OneWattSolar,a solar startup company is willing to create affordable solar energy for Nigerians with the use of virtual blockchain tokens. This move by the company will remove the over-dependence of generators in the country.

Decentralized Technology Paving the Way for Solar Power
A Lagos-based blockchain renewable energy startup, OneWattSolar, has plans to ensure Nigeria and Africa at large, have access to clean energy without paying so much. As reported by CNN the company aims to enable clients to get blockchain tokens with the naira through tech finance organizations.

The idea of getting affordable power using decentralized tokens was from Victor Alagbe, vice president of operations and blockchain strategy for OneWattSolar. According to Alagbe, Nigeria’s dry and hot climate could be used to power electricity instead of depending on generators.

The company executive further buttressing how the country’s sunny climate could be used for solar energy, said:

So why don’t we use this to power our own electricity… many Nigerians cannot really afford to set up their own solar systems. They can’t afford the start-up cost so most people would rather go for generators which is not economical when you think of maintenance costs.

Alagbe also said that distributed technology is transparent, as clients can monitor funds, purchase of systems, and usage. Customers can get decentralized tokens with the naira. The blockchain tokens are ERC20 compliant.

Furthermore, Alagbe noted that the use of decentralized technology would cost half the price of diesel. Also, the startup plans to introduce solar panels and a compatible internet router that would compile energy used. Customers would be charged every month, through a pay-as-you-go method. With this payment method, users are charged for their exact energy usage.

The electricity situation in Nigeria is poor, and the blockchain energy startup is looking to provide affordable electricity to as many as possible. Currently, about 6,400 households are on the company’s waiting list.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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