RED Universal Energy & Sustainability Unit (RES:UNiT)

RES:UNiT: is a multi-disciplinary team of international development professionals, economists, electrical- engineers, and financial-analysts. Our targeted-focus is to provide energy-advisory services to developers, independent power producers, systems-integrators, consumers, and stakeholders at large in the Power and Renewable-Energy sector in and outside of Nigeria. We offer services in eight core-areas.
Research-Analysis: Working with businesses, government, civil society, academia, and donor communities we provide insight-solutions to inform electrification and energy access; decarbonization; climate-resiliency; e- mobility; environmental sustainability; and circular economy.
Proposal-Development & Financial Advisory: Focuses on supporting off-grid entrepreneurs in assembling project-portfolios to commercial-banks, funders, local, as well as international investors that are credit-worthy and bankable, through the provision of due-diligence and financial under-writing for bid-application submissions.
Project-Finance: Connects developers to sponsors; donor-funded programs supporting RE solutions and deployment; commercial-banks; local; as well as international investors.
Project-Support & Results-Measurement: Provides baseline-studies; community needs-assessments; monitoring and evaluation (M&E); impact- assessment; knowledge-management systems-design; documentation and learning to RE developers, firms, and enterprises for their electrification services; projects, initiatives, and programs.
Consumer-Education & Awareness: Designs and delivers education workshops about off-grid power-generation, transmission, and distribution that educates urban and rural electricity end-users about the benefits and usage of decentralized solar power renewables.
Research & Development (R&D):
  • Identifies new breakthroughs (such as batter storage innovations); supports national efforts to establish a local manufacturing hub; and expands in-house capabilities to design diode-solar-panels, cables, wires, charge-controllers, MSME productive use energy-efficient appliances, equipments, electric-cooking, clean-cook stoves, and other RE products and components to reduce reliance on importation.
  • Through mutual partnership between the West and Nigeria, will collaborate with electrician trade-schools; renewable energy institutes; clean energy centers/hubs at tertiary institutions; and corporations to action skills-upgrade in local manufacturing priority-areas and facilitate technology-transfer through demonstration teams, projects, and or pilots.
  • Advocacy: Promotes sensitization campaigns and consumer-financing in the banking-sector to scale-up (pico-solar products; solar home systems; and captive generation) renewables usage across Nigeria as electricity end-users transition off the grid.
  • Calls for the design and enforcement of RE-friendly policies such as carbon-taxes and carbon offset-credits to be levied upon businesses and multinationals with large CO2 emissions (across transport, oil & gas, telecoms, agriculture, mining, and building sectors) operating in Nigeria. Funds raised from taxes will be utilized as a partial financing-mechanism to reduce capital-expenditures incurred by mini-grid developers when implementing RE-projects.
  • Supports and publicizes the need for zero import duty on all RE components; attainment of special industry standing based on the Finance Act of 2020; and corporate tax write-offs across the board for all sizes of RE firms (especially small developers and enterprises).
  • Implements humanitarian energy initiatives that expand access to pico-solar kits in IDP camps, orphanages, soup-kitchens, and skills acquisition centers across Nigeria to close energy access gaps.
  • Energy
    RES:UNiT: Engaging Electricity Renewables Girls & Youth Collective (ENeRGy CoLLeCTiVE)
  • Is a weekend enrichment innovation lab focused on sparking the interest, passion, and involvement of girls and women in energy. The lab aims to promote the active engagement of select, bright-minded, and forward-thinking senior secondary SS3-6 Math & Physics students in collaboration with tertiary-level electrical engineers to prototype and design off-grid solutions to problems in Nigeria‚Äôs electricity sector.
  • ENeRGy CoLLeCTiVE incubator through seminars will also educate and train students via simulations in the latest RE technologies by partnering with other RE centers, camps, academies, startups, and institutes.
  • As a student-centered hub, the STEM-program accelerator lab will also engage in quarterly practicums through field-trip demonstration workshops. This will include site-observations of RE firms, enterprises, and or developers at their assembly-plants, shops, design studios, client, or construction project-sites to deepen student understanding of work carried out during weekend innovation labs.