UCL Energy Institute


Ayooluwa Adewole

Thesis title: Rural solar off-grid energy and consumers’ needs in Nigeria

Primary supervisor: Michelle Shipworth
Secondary supervisor: Xavier Lemaire

Start date: September 2017
End date: March 2023

Despite the progress that has been made in using renewable sources such as solar energy to power rural communities around the world, over one billion people in rural areas still lack access to electricity, and it is increasingly evident that the progress made falls short of what is necessary to meet the SDG objective by 2030. One of the major challenges to be tackled in meeting the objective is unlocking investment by consumers into smaller scale renewables since these usually have higher upfront costs compared to fossil fuel fired generation solutions. From the literature, it is also evident that gaps exist in assessing the importance of flexible decentralised payments in attracting reliable low-income customers to using distributed renewable energy solutions. My research aims to examine the role of decentralised transactions alongside the social and economic incentives of community members in rural areas to participate in decentralised renewable energy markets.


Ayooluwa is an energy economist with interests in renewable energy. With a background in Economics, He obtained an M.Sc. in Energy Economics and Policy from University of Surrey with Distinction in 2015. Before commencing His PhD at UCL, He previously worked as a researcher at the MacArthur Foundation Funded, Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. As an ORACLE Certified Database Administrator, He contributed to building the first online open database on Nigerian Energy Data. He is currently a Doctoral researcher at the Energy Institute of the University College London, focusing on rural consumers of solar energy in Nigeria. 



  • One of the lead country contributors on Nigeria in the report tilted: Renewables Global Status Report 2017 -  Published by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), Paris, France. Available at https://goo.gl/RA5qaN.
  • Contributor to case study on Lagos Nigeria in the report titled: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries: Contributions to Reducing Global Emissions 2017 – Published by the United Nations Environment Programme. Available at https://goo.gl/nPKrSD.
  • Adenikinju, A., Adeyemi, D. and A. Adewole (2016). “Oil Output and Economic Growth in Nigeria: A Time-Varying Analysis, In A. Adenikinju, A. Jerome and O. Ogunkola, The Quest for Development: Essays in Honour of Professor Akin Iwayemi at 70, pp. 389-425
  • Ikedi. C, and Adewole, A. (2016). Effects of the North American Oil & Gas Developments on the Nigerian Economy”. Online Conference Proceedings of the 34th United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE)/IAEE North American Conference. Available at:  https://goo.gl/n1c0EF
  • Adenikinju A, and Adewole A. (2016). Impact of The Lifting of Iranian Oil Sanctions On Nigeria. NAEE Energy Forum. 4th Edition. Edited and provided research input for the publication titled: The ILARN Guidebook on Federal Parastatals, Agencies, Commissions and Tribunals in Nigeria. 4th and 5th Editions, written by the International Legal and Allied Research Network (ILARN). Available online at: https://goo.gl/d0gIxA.
  • Edited and provided research input for the Biography of Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, CON, SAN titled; Abdullahi Ibrahim, CON, SAN. A Life Shared, written by Professor Akinseye George SAN.
  • Contributor to the report titled: Assessment of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Inflow to Nigeria – 1999 – 2013, prepared for the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria by Equilibria Consulting Limited.


  • Adewole, A. (2015). An Empirical Analysis of Electricity Demand in The Republic of South Africa. Master’s Dissertation, University of Surrey, 2015.
  • Adewole, A. (2012). The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on the Agricultural Sector in Nigeria. Undergraduate Research Project, Redeemer’s University, 2012