Plans are underway for a partnership between the Federal university of Technology Akure, FUTA and Canadian solar as part of efforts towards solving the pervading power problems in the country. Canadian Solar is one of the three biggest solar companies in the world by revenue .It is headquartered in Ontario Canada and it offers solar modules, solar power systems, off grid solar home application systems and specialized solar products. During a working visit to FUTA, facilitated by Professor Jonathan Onyekwelu, Global Trainer & Senior Sales Manager, Kieren Moore said the purpose of his visit was for feasibility studies and areas of collaboration between FUTA and Canadian Solar. He said Nigeria as a country had great potentials for solar power and he was optimistic that FUTA as a leading university of Technology will benefit from the cooperation through training and facilitation thereby leading the way in advancement of solar energy to solve power problems in the country.
In his remarks the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape expressed his delight at the visit. He said the need to develop solar power in Nigeria has become pertinent given the acute power shortage in the country. He said the collaboration will greatly impact the students and empower them. He said, “What you are doing is noble. We believe that the training will expose the students to the dynamics of how solar power configuration including installation, maintenance and manufacturing in the long term”