Join us: We are off to a good start
Ann, Luca, Chris & Jeff
As we begin the second quarter it is hard to believe the progress we have made.
On the staffing side, we hired Astrea Essandoh from Ghana to be our Chief Technical officer. He will oversea and have the responsibilities of managing our installations in Nigeria. He has NABCEP training and he has installed a few Wind and Solar systems in the United States and in Ghana. We are currently interviewing sales people to staff our office in Ladipo, Lagos.
Atlantic Waste & Power is the official factory representative of Senwei Energy Technologies in Africa and North America. They manufacture one of the best selling small wind turbine in Europe. They have UL, CE, TUV, IEC and other top certifications. This makes them one of the few manufacturers that can sell systems on every continent. We are receiving calls from Nigeria and Europe from people interested in purchasing their systems. We are listed on their website as official representative.
A.W.P.S visited to the North American Factory for SIEL. They are a manufacturer of residential and Industrial grade Inverters. They are headquartered in Italy and opened the factory in Parsipanny NJ last year. Luca Arcioni the sales manager was happy to welcome us and looks forward to building a small utility scale project with us in Nigeria.
The story of how we got started was featured in an online publication called Africa Business Jump Start. We got very good press, a few phone calls and a lot of emails. People were inspired by our story. The magazine gets over 500,000 visitors a month. It is a good resource for people who want to start a business in Africa. You can read the article here. http://africajumpstart.com/2014/04/04/african-entrepreneur-insights-nigeria-the-steps-i-took-to-start-a-solar-power-business/
We have been approached by two large manufacturers, one in Hong Kong and the other in mainland China to manufacture our systems for us. They each do over $6 billion dollars in annual sales and have multiple factories. One of them does over $20 million in annual sales in Nigeria alone. We will reach a decision within the next week. They offer a more compact system with higher efficiency and because of their size are able to squeeze better pricing from suppliers. Our prices will be going up but the amount of items offered are going up too. More panels, more batteries and a control system with a better form factor.
We made our first video. The video has Nigerian music and it highlights what Nigerians endure with epileptic power supply and generators that break down. It shows a wife calling for help and A.W.P.S magically saves the day by allowing them to watch the Green Eagles football game. We will improve the quality and content of the video with experience and customer feedback. You can watch the video here. http://youtu.be/n6v4f-m0jxI
We are making great effort to promote the brand. We advertise on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, NairaLand and the different Nigeria discussion groups. We have over 1660 Fans on our Facebook page. That compares favorably to less than 100 in December of 2013. In March we were the number 1 search engine result in Liberia when you did a search for Solar power. We are also at the top of search results in Ghana and we are working on being at the top in Nigeria. The website http://www.atlanticwastepower.com is wearing an improved look. It looks better, loads quicker and has social media buttons, that allow people to share content from our page.
We have 5 systems that will be arriving in Nigeria within the next two weeks and we hope to be installing them very soon. We will do a video with customer testimonials and a step by step of an installation for our loyal viewers on our YouTube channel.
We thank you for your support and we look forward to updating you next month as to the wonderful progress that we continue to make with your support.