The Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (SESN) was inaugurated in March 1980 at the Project Development Institute (PRODA) Enugu. By 11th July of the same year, the Society was officially launched at a brief ceremony performed by the then Deputy Governor of old Anambra State, Engr. A.S. Umenyi, assisted by the then Honourable Commissioner for Technology, Imo State, Chief Oji O. Okereke.
The pioneer members of the Society include such prominent peoples as Professor A.O.E. Animalu (foundation President of the SESN), Professor G.O. Ezekwe (the then Director, PRODA, Enugu), Professor C.C.O. Ezeilo (University of Nigeria), Professor U.A. Akinsote (University of Lagos), Professor R.I. Salawu (University of Lagos), Professor N.I. Ngoka (formerly of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife and later Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT) Enugu, Professor A.T. Sulaiman (Past President, SESN and former Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Yola) and a host of others.
During the inaugural meeting and conference of the Society in 1980, technical papers were presented. This inaugural meeting and conference consequently gave birth to the National Solar Energy Forum (NASEF), which since 1980 has been held annually in several places in Nigeria including, Enugu, Lagos, kano, Bida, Kebi, Zaria, Kaduna, Ilorin, Port-Harcourt, Sokoto, Nsukka among others.
The NASEF for 2001 was held at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife which marked the 21st Anniversary of the Society. The year 2002 saw it moving to Kaduna Polytechnic while National Centre for Energy Research and Development, (NCERD), University of Nigeria, Nsukka hosted it in 2003. In the recent years, the NASEF had been hosted by University of Benin in 2005, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in 2006, Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Abuja in 2007, University of Ibadan in 2008 as part of events marking its Golden Jubilee Anniversary and University of Agriculture, Makurdi is co-hosting the 2009 edition with the Benue State Government. Federal University of Technology, Owerri is to host the 2010 NASEF.
Since 1988, the SESN has rewarded her founding members and all those that have contributed to the growth of the Society with the Fellowship of the Society. Outside the Fellowship, there have been various other awards such as Special Awards of Excellence in Solar Energy, Solar Energy Awards which included Associate Membership, Leadership in the Promotion of Renewable Energy Development, Leadership in Solar Photovoltaic Business and Initiative in the Production of Solar Systems. There has also been Corporate Awards and with the introduction of Solar Advocates starting from 2009, the Society has lived to the expectations of its founding fathers. The aforementioned are as listed.
SPECIAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SOLAR ENERGY For 2006
1. Chief (Sir) Dr. Gabriel Igbinedion, Esama of Benin Kingdom.
2. Professor Ilochi Okafor (SAN), Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
3. Dr. (Sir) F.C. Obi, MD/CEO, Electronics Development Institute, (ELDI) Awka. (formerly Centre for Adaptation of Technology, CAT).
4. Mr. Muyi Lawal, MD/CEO, Solar Electrics, Jos.
5. Chief Azubuike Okafor, MD/CEO, Zubix Biscuits.
6. Chief Arthur E. Nworah, MD/CEO, Gohehol Co. Ltd.
7. Mr. Bolade Soremekun, CEO, Rebitec Solar Ltd.
8. Hadj Lawal M. Zaiyana, Special Assistant to Sokoto State Governor on Rural Electrification.
9. Mr. Donatus Onuchukwu.
10. Chief (Mrs.) Anita Okuribido, CEO, SINAM Ltd.
11. His Excellency, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, Executive Governor, Oyo State.
12. Professor A.S. Sambo, DG, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Abuja.
13. Professor Olufemi A. Bamiro, V.C. University of Ibadan.
14. Professor O.C. Iloeje, National Electricity Regulatory Commission, Abuja.
15. Mr. Dimeji Owofemi, Vice Chairman, Multi-Trex, Nigeria Ltd. Lagos.
ASSOCIATES MEMBERSHIP For 1986
1. Adamu Labbo Gulma AMSESN 01-1986
2. Usman B. Mohammed AMSESN 02-1986
3. Abdullahi B. Sarki AMSESN 03-1986
4. Luba Sahabi AMSESN 04-1990
5. Malami Aliyu AMSESN 05-1990
6. Henry Adimoha AMSESN 06-1990
For Leadership in the Promotion of Renewable Energy Development For 2001
1. Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN)
For Leadership in Solar Photovoltaic Business
1. Siemens, Lagos
2. Jofos Industries, Kaduna
3. Sunray Electric, Kaduna
For Initiative in the Production of Solar Systems
1. Solar Electric, Jos
FIRST CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP OF THE SOCIETY For 2001
1. Solar Energy Systems and Products, Lagos. CMSESN 01-2001
CORPORATE AWARDS For 2000
1. Solarmate Engineering CASESN 01-2000
2. A.O. Demarg CASESN 02-2000
3. Solarquip Nigeria Ltd. CASESN 03-2000
4. Alhawra Solar Power Ltd. CASESN 04-2000
5. University of Agriculture, Makurdi CASESN 05-2009
6. Solex Engineering CASESN 06-2000
SOLAR ADVOCATES For 2009
1. Remi Babalola SASESN 001-2009
2. Engr. Wergba Aondoaver Conrad SASESN 002-2009