Month: March 2015
We sprang forward and it got warm
We finally got above freezing. Since my return 1 month ago it has been one or two snow storms a week. The thermometer refused to budge above the freezing mark. Today the temperatures got above 50 degrees F and here I am barefoot and no hat standing outside and basking in the joy of a warm day. Africans don’t know what we have. It felt good liberating myself of my bulky clothes and having the sun touch my skin. Thank you spring.
Countdown to the Nigerian Election
It is a very exciting time to be a Nigerian. For the first time in recent political history the electorate is the pretty girl that everyone wants to take on a date. The political class has come to campaign at your doorstep. Instead of flying past you, they now drive to you. They are begging you to give them a 2nd chance. For the first time the voter is an unknown. The President and his opponents are doing what they can to show the people that they care and how they will benefit from democracy. It is a good place for Nigeria and it can’t continue to be business as usual. Please continue the campaigns, Nigerians need to see you in flesh and you need to experience what they endure daily.
Update from AWPS
We are taking our offerings upscale. As we gain more experience we learn the benefits and short comings of the systems we have installed. We have been fortunate to have installed systems in a country with abundance sunshine. However we measure ourselves by different metrics. As the market evolves we aim to stay ahead of our competitors.
We have introduced a line up that has very low standby consumption and improved efficiency relative to systems we installed last month. They compare well with Inverters built by Victron, Studer and Outback. The power consumption at zero load is about 15 W compared to 60 to 80 W for our older units. They cost much more but we believe our clients will recoup that cost in better performance. We will be installing them on our next visit to Nigeria. The premium Invertek Inverter can be connected in parallel up to 96 kw. To increase capacity simply add a module. Awesome feature to have.
Our current supplier, The Solar Shop is out of solar panels and the Trojan batteries that we use in our installations until May. They have Hoppecke Batteries, a German flooded 2 Volt battery in stock. If you read one of our past newsletters, we told you that the 2 V battery is the best for our application, followed by the 6 V. We will be testing some 2 V Gel batteries in our personal installations and if we get good results we will install them for you. Expect to see the Trojan T-105RE 6V 250AH or the Hoppecke 2 V 1220AH batteries for the higher end installations. We are working with alternative suppliers as well.
You will begin to see higher end MPPT charge controllers in our installations. We will not skimp on this component. We are installing very expensive battery banks and we can’t risk them by installing inferior quality charge controllers. We will offer you three types. 60 amp 3 kw and an Outback Flexmax type controller in 60 and 80 amp capacity. The last one will be the Sunstar 50 and 80 amp. This controller will talk to our premium inverter and you can have as many as 16 connected together. An MPPT charge controller can get 30% more out of your panels than a standard controller can.
Great things are happening. We now test and run the Inverters and controllers in Sparta NJ, before we send them to Nigeria. It saves us time and gives us better control of our installations. We want to thank Frank Tricarico of Northeast Batteries for helping us get our hands on the Trojan batteries we will use for our test. I told Frank he was an angel and he wanted to settle for being just a friend. Thank you friend and Angel.
Thank you for reading and I am so excited at the direction the company is headed. We have customers in Nigeria that have not used a generator since June 2014 and they have 24 hour power. They have made compromises, but it has worked and they have attained something unheard of in Nigeria. 24/7 electricity.
If you have been thinking about taking the leap, this as good a time to do it. Solar works and it is the future. A plane took off today and it will fly around the world powered by the sun.
We can’t thank you enough. You have been patient, supporting and adventurous. We will continue on this exciting journey together.