This work examines the implementation of solar power systems in Southern Nigerian using Benin City as a case study. It designs solar power system for a 3-bedroom flat for Benin City for grid-tie, grid-tie with battery backup and off-grid design approaches and carried out cost and pollution analysis for the three approaches. Designing the systems involved electrical load estimate and solar system component sizing and costing. Analysis was carried out considering a 25-year operational period for the system. It was observed that though initial system cost was high, operational and maintenance costs were significantly minimal to deflate the initial cost of setting up the systems.
Journal of the Nigerian Association of Mathematical Physics, Volume 19 (November, 2011), pp 413 – 422