Nigeria: Scaling Energy Access

Event Description

Scaling Energy Access to Reach Nigeria’s Disenfranchised Population


February 25, 2019 | 14:00 – 15:00 EST

Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Berstein-Offit Building

1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW 20036

Room 500

Decentralized clean energy systems will play a major role in closing Nigeria’s energy access gap due to grid limitations. A large proportion of Nigeria’s 117 million people either are unconnected to the national grid or frustrated by intermittent power. Currently, highly polluting gasoline or diesel generators maximize cost, lung diseases, and environmental degradation. The national grid failure, however, creates enormous opportunities for distributed energy services companies to connect businesses, institutions, and households to standalone solar systems and mini-grids as captive power solutions.

About the Speaker:


Hannah Kabir is the founder and CEO of Creeds Energy, a renewable energy services and solutions provider which installs reliable energy for the underserved and unserved in Nigeria. CREEDS has designed and installed over 300kWp solar powered grid back-up and decentralized off-grid systems for businesses, communities, healthcare centers and schools across seven states. The CREEDS model for SMEs is gaining international recognition as an “exceptionally promising clean energy investment opportunity”. In 2018, the CREEDS model on Solar Power for Small and Medium Enterprises won the USADF AllOn Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge as well as the 2018 Private Financing Advisory Network’s (PFAN) second global Climate & Clean Energy Investment Forum Award held in Vienna, Austria.


Hannah has advised and consulted for national and international research institutes, development agencies, and governments on climate change, clean energy projects, rural electrification, and mini-grids in Africa. She has drafted policies and legislation for the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN), the National Council on Power (NACOP), the Nigeria Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy (NREEEP), and the National Assembly Committee on Power. She also contributed to the award-winning documentary on climate change, “Nowhere to Run: Nigeria’s Climate and Environmental Crisis”. Hannah holds a BSc. in Business Economics from Queen Mary University of London, a MSc. in Renewable Energy, Enterprise & Management from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and recently participated in INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Program.

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