Renewable Energy Technology Training Company is set up to provide tailored education within and across the value chain of renewable energy and energy efficiency and raise entrepreneurs who will create solutions to energy problems across Nigeria
To promote the knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency best practices through tailor made courses that address the energy value chain to contribute to capacity building and bridge the knowledge gap thereby creating efficient energy technicians, engineers, developers and employees who will create solutions to solve the energy problems in their communities.
History of RETTI
In late 2015, our founder came across a campaign by WWF that included an image titled “Stop Climate Change, Before it Changes You” where a man is shown with a monster-like fish head as a sign of reverse evolution that might occur if climate change and ice melting continue at such alarming rate (Image below), she was terrified and wondered if climate change really had such power and if it did, why wasn’t anyone talking about it as should especially in schools.
The frightening image was etched in her mind and drove her to research into the subject matter. When she read on the impact of climate change on humans and the environment, she was consumed by an urgent fear and then had the urge to do everything possible to reduce the negative impact of climate change.
Around that period, her retired parents moved to their newly completed building in a community in another part of town different from where she was born. In this community, they weren’t connected to the electricity grid. She recounts that her heart broke each time my parents spent money to buy fuel for the generator for only a few hours a day which is usually in the night.
Through her research, she learned about renewable energies and how it can help with two of the biggest challenges she observed at the time; mitigate climate change and provide stable electricity for 93 million Nigerians who have no access to electricity.
Whilst researching into the problem of climate change and lack of electricity, she discovered something interesting. Many solar projects that had been installed in communities she visited, fail or stop working after a few months making people doubt vehemently that solar for electricity generation works. She observed that this was a lack of capacity and efficiency problem on the part of the local installers. She then came to the conclusion that for solar solutions to be sustainable, local content to become efficient in the area so that they can provide sustainable solutions.
Despite not having an engineering background, she paid for and took a course – Off-Grid Solar Power Systems Design and learned about basic solar system sizing to enable her create solution for electricity problems.
She decided to use her new knowledge to educate thousands of young Nigerians including engineers and other interested individuals to be efficient technicians and providers of solar electricity and also mentoring and guiding them to establish as renewable energy entrepreneurs who will create create sustainable solutions that will meet the energy demands of their communities. That was how Renewable Energy Technology Training Institute (RETTI) was birthed.