Sterling Bank Makes Purchase of Solar Power Systems Easier

May 30, 2022
Imperium Platform

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

In a bid to connect consumers and providers of renewable energy (solar solutions) as a viable solution to Nigeria’s electricity crisis, Sterling Bank Plc has introduced the Imperium Platform.

This platform will provide a range of purchase options for solar power systems to consumers because solar energy solutions are not one-size-fits-all, so purchasing options should not be either.

In a statement issued by the bank, the Group Head of Renewable Energy at Sterling Bank, Mr Dele Faseemo, disclosed that the Imperium Platform seeks to provide clean and affordable energy solutions to interested customers while providing different financing options to customers purchasing the solution outright or paying for the installation and operation of the solution.

According to him, Sterling Bank employs several purchase models to provide renewable energy solutions for its customers. This ensures that customers with different needs and purchase abilities can access solar energy solutions.

He listed the options to include outright purchase, lease to own, and power as a service. Using outright purchase as an example, he said that energy consumers could purchase products directly from vendors via the Imperium Platform, a dedicated e-commerce platform hosted by Sterling Bank.

In lease to own, Imperium provides financing at competitive interest rates for consumers with good credit scores or clean credit checks who are keen to own the assets. Under power as a service, Imperium offers fixed monthly energy-charge options to consumers, but the underlying assets are owned by Imperium as it (Imperium) purchases and owns the assets.

This saves clients huge capital outlay and maintenance worries, while the monthly energy charge is based on the capacity deployed.

Mr Faseemo explained that Sterling Bank came up with this digital product after the unveiling of the Nigerian electricity industry report entitled Powering Nigeria: How Solar Energy Can Become a Sustainable Electricity Alternative.

The report was produced by Sterling Bank in partnership with Stears, a digital information company, to tackle the problem of providing solar energy in the country.

The report showed that despite the privatization of Nigeria’s electricity industry, the country still has one of the lowest electrification rates in the world, as 43 per cent of its population has no access to grid electricity, an indication that 85 million Nigerians are not connected to – and cannot receive electricity from – the Nigerian transmission grid.

Aduragbemi Omiyale

Aduragbemi Omiyale is a journalist with Business Post Nigeria, who has passion for news writing. In her leisure time, she loves to read.

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