Greening the School Energy System: A Nigerian Case Study

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  •   Isidore C. Ezema

  •   Henry C. Nwosisi

  •   Curtis Uwuigbe

  •   Anthony Ogheneovo

Abstract


The sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations incorporated inclusive and quality education for all as a key component. In this respect, technology-based education is best suited for achieving the purpose. Meanwhile, energy is central to the modern school system as it is used to power Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment needed as bedrock for technology-based education. Given the low energy access in Nigeria and the need for environmentally friendly energy systems, the adoption of clean energy options appears to be the preferred direction for schools in the urban and rural areas. Hence this study examines the concept of energy transition especially as it relates to the school system and uses a case study to demonstrate its application in the context of Nigeria. The study adopted the qualitative approach using observation schedule and interview guide in addition to secondary data obtained from school documents, vendor specifications and technical details of clean energy installation. The study found that two main factors influenced the adoption of clean energy for the school. The first was the need to access a cheaper and cleaner form of energy in the long run given the epileptic and rather expensive supply from the national grid and the carbon intensive alternatives that are readily available. Secondly, the school wanted to align with the environmental sustainability preferences of the founders of the school, who are very conversant with best practices in sustainable development and sustainable school management. Hence, the transition to clean energy was an aspect of an overarching green agenda which encompasses different environmental sustainability activities. The major challenge is the huge capital outlay needed to install and maintain the clean energy system. The greening program provided school age children who will eventually become the policy makers of tomorrow, the proper orientation they need for their future roles as stakeholders in the physical environment. In addition, the high cost of installation and maintenance of the system suggests that incentives are needed to encourage an increased uptake of clean energy systems not only in the school system but also across other building types.



Keywords: Case study, challenges, green energy adoption, green school, Nigeria

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Ezema, I. C., Nwosisi, H. C., Uwuigbe, C., & Ogheneovo, A. (2022). Greening the School Energy System: A Nigerian Case Study. European Journal of Energy Research, 2(4), 17–25. https://doi.org/10.24018/ejenergy.2022.2.4.68