Monthly Archives: October 2016

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The quest for more Power

Category : Alternative Energy

I have been on solar power since June of 2014, we started with a 1.5 kw Inverter, 200 Ah batteries and 1 kw in panels.

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Our first inverter and batteries

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Our 2nd Inverter October 2014

Later that year I upgraded to a 3 kw inverter, an MPPT charge controller and  Trojan flooded batteries.

In May of 2015 I changed my panels from the poor quality panels that I had, to 1 kw Rennesola panels, I also upgraded my controller from a 40 amp to a 60 amp MPPT with a display and 120 day production history.

In May of 2016 I added an additional 1 kw in panels and I was living the life. I purchased a freezer and started to watch sporting events on the TV.

2 kw in Panels

As we hired additional employees our demand for power increased and suddenly 2 kw did not look sufficient. 4 computers, a printer, lights. soldering irons and the rains and clouds meant there were days the fridge could not be switched on. I had power 24/7 but it was rationed power. I did not like that. I want to live as we do in America. Having power and not thinking about it.

We are now marching to 4.4 kw in panels. Here are the preparations that we are making.

  1. 2 additional controllers
  2. A new combiner box
  3. A rack for 8 panels
  4. 8 x 300 watt panels.

Two 30 amp one FM 60

We will keep you updated as to our success. The wiring will be substantially tidied up and the result will be our best masterpiece to date.

Is there such things as too much power?

 


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Solar Power Energy is a Better Bet, Lets Switch!

Category : Alternative Energy

Solar Power Potential in Nigeria

Solar power potential in Nigeria is better bet for  Nigerians with abundant free sunshine. Using the country’s deserts and farm land and taking advantage of 320 to 350 sunny days a year, Nigeria could easily generate 5,000 trillion KWh of solar energy.

In other words, Nigeria could easily install around 1,000 GW of #solar generation — equivalent to 40 times the current peak power demand (about 25 GW) — using just 0.5 percent of its land. In addition, Nigeria can produce over 100 GW from wind power.

It’s no longer news that there is fuel price crisis in the world and in Nigeria. With Iran planning to push about a million barrel a day in the already oversaturated market, the future of further exploration of crude in Nigeria doesn’t look that good. As a matter of fact, the United States, which used to be a major buyer of Nigerian crude has now doubled their domestic production leaving Nigeria with little option than to drive down our price and search for new market in Asia.

The present crisis may only create a future boom in the coming years or decades but the truth remains that fossil fuel isn’t renewable, the wells will someday dry off!

So, we have seen that the future of #solar energy in Nigeria is extremely bright. The question remains whether it is the government or the private sector that should take the lead in the renewable energy source distribution. The answer is very clear in our present mixed economy system but the truth remains that the government must pass favorite policies that will only boost the production and distribution of clean electricity to everyone.

Nigeria has already taken positive steps by announcing very aggressive goals to meet 40 percent of its energy needs through #renewables by 2020. I firmly believe that, with favorable policies and strategic economic investments, Nigeria could meet all its energy needs through installation of #solar power systems across the country by 2040.

 At the signing of the Nigeria/UK #Solar Energy Partnership held in London, the Nigeria Vice President stated – “Nigeria will be the place where all of the example of #Solar power system as alternative source of energy will be set for the rest of Africa. We are really looking forward to.”

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Solar Power energy is a good option for Nigerians!

Category : Alternative Energy

Solar power energy is really a very good option for Nigerians in powering their homes & businesses.

The rising and setting of the sun is extremely consistent, for this reason, Solar Power energy is a good option for Nigerians out of every other source of energy. Across the world, we know exactly when it will rise and set every day of the year. While clouds may be a bit less predictable, we do also have good seasonal and daily projections for sunlight that will be received in different locations. All in all, this makes solar power an extremely reliable source of energy.

The main benefit of #solar energy is that it can be easily deployed by both home and business users as it does not require any huge set up like in case of wind or geothermal power. #Solar power energy not only benefits individual owners, but also saves us from environmental pollution as well.

 #Solar energy is set to be one of the most widely used #renewable energy source in Nigeria because it is available every day.

We believe at http://atlanticwastepower.com/  that our customers cannot run out of solar energy because the sun will always shine, unlike some of the other sources of energy. #Solar energy will be accessible if we have the sun, therefore with panels on your roof, you have more comfort and saves over 50% cost for running a generator.

Very little maintenance is needed to keep #solar power system running. There are no moving parts in a solar panel which makes it impossible to damage them and this makes it work for over 25years

Your comfort matters to us and the need for #solar power keeps pressing day by day as the standard regular grid is not accessible 24hours in Nigeria.

Come to us for #Solar,  we will be available anywhere in Nigeria for all your #solar power installations at affordable packages

 

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Its Time to Go Solar & Save In Recession!

Category : Alternative Energy

Power firms demand 200% increase in tariff

There may be a fresh increase of over 200 per cent in electricity tariff being paid by residential consumers if a proposal by power distribution companies to raise the average energy charge to N105 per kilowatt-hour from the current rate of 22.8KWH is approved.

This is coming less than eight months after about 45 per cent increase in tariff was imposed on electricity consumers nationwide.

The power firms attributed their latest push for tariff increase to high inflation rate in the country, scarcity of foreign exchange, devaluation of the naira and the huge debts being owed them.

Already, the Discos said they had hinted the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission about the proposal but no action had been taken on it yet.

The Chief Executive Officer, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, an umbrella body for the Discos, Mr. Azu Obiaya, confirmed the latest agitation for tariff increase, in an interview with our correspondent, stressing that it was important to raise the tariff to remain in business and serve the people well.

Azu said, “To review the tariff, we will be looking at an average rate of N70 per kilowatt-hour for residential consumers. But some Discos will like to have the rate as high as N105/kWh.”

Each Disco has a fixed energy charge payable by its customers. The highest charge, according to documents obtained by our correspondent from NERC for the year 2016, is N32.26/KWH and this is payable by R2 consumers under the Jos Electricity Distribution Company.

The lowest energy charge of N15.83/KWH is payable by R2 customers who get power from Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company.

A further analysis shows that the average energy charge for all the 11 Discos is N22.8/KWH.

But the Discos were said not to be comfortable with the current rate, as they argued that it was not cost reflective and was hampering the required expansion of infrastructure as well as the smooth flow of operations.

Azu, who spoke to our correspondent on the sidelines of a power dialogue in Abuja on Thursday, said the debts owed power distribution companies by private homes, businesses and government ministries, departments and agencies post-privatisation amounted to N568bn.

He also stated that one reason many Discos had not metered their customers was due to the huge debts owed them, as well as the tariff issue.

This, he said, had hampered the operations of the different Discos, a development that had made it difficult for the companies to meet the funds remittances required of them by the Market Operator.

Obiaya said, “Discos are experiencing revenue shortfall on a monthly basis of N38bn. As of June 2016, the MDAs owed the Discos N53bn post-privatisation.

“The books of the Discos are so bad that they have no chance anymore to access finance. These books do not reflect the cash flow that is necessary for them to be taken seriously by any lender.”

A senior official at NERC told our correspondent that although the Discos had been calling for an upward review in tariff, the regulator had not considered their demand.

“The minor review of tariff is ongoing at present but NERC has yet to consider their plea for such increase in tariff, although the economic fundamentals in Nigeria have seriously changed and are now so high,” the official said.

When contacted, the National Secretary, National Electricity Consumers Advocacy Network, Mr. Obong Eko, stated that NECAN would never support such move.

He described the move as the peak of insensitivity to the flight of Nigerian masses.

He said, “They’ve been flying the kite for some time now because the last time tariff review was done was when the exchange rate for one United States dollar was about N190. But now, one dollar is close to N500; and the price of gas in the international market has gone up too.

“Despite all these, it will still be so unreasonable to come out to announce an increase in tariff now that Nigerians are going through severe suffering. Are they aware that people are dying of hunger? We can never support such move and we will resist it.”

Written by Okechukwu Nnodim Of Punch News Paper

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Hybrid Axpert Inverter With AGM Batteries!

Category : Alternative Energy

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Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water!

Category : Alternative Energy

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Air pollution in Africa’s  is causing more premature deaths than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition, and could develop into a health and climate crisis reminiscent of those seen in China and India, a study by a global policy forum has found.

The first major attempt to calculate both the human and financial cost of the continent’s pollution suggests dirty air could be killing 712,000 people a year prematurely, compared with approximately 542,000 from unsafe water, 275,000 from malnutrition and 391,000 from unsafe sanitation.

While most major environmental hazards have improved with development gains and industrialization, outdoor (or “ambient particulate”) air pollution from traffic, power generation and industries is increasing rapidly, especially in fast-developing countries such as Egypt, South Africa, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

“Annual deaths from ambient [outdoor] particulate matter pollution across the African continent increased by 36% from 1990 to 2013. Over the same period, deaths from household air pollution also continued to increase, but only by 18%”, said a researcher at the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development development centre. The world’s richest 34 countries.  is funded OECD

For Africa as a whole, the estimated economic cost of premature air pollution deaths in 2013 was roughly $215bn (£175bn) a year for outdoor air pollution, and $232bn for household, or indoor, air pollution.

The study’s author, Rana Roy, is concerned by the pace at which outdoor air pollution is growing in Africa, bucking the downward trend in most countries. Used cars and trucks imported from rich countries are adding to urban pollution caused by household cooking on open fires.

“This mega-trend is set to continue to unfold throughout this century. It suggests that current means of transportation and energy generation in African cities are not sustainable,” said Roy. “Alternative models to those imported from industrialized economies, such as dependence on the person automobile, are necessary.

“It is striking that air pollution costs in Africa are rising despite slow industrialization, and even de-industrialization in many countries. Should this latter trend successfully be reversed, the air pollution challenge would worsen faster, unless radically new approaches and technologies were used. 

“The ‘new’ problem of outdoor air pollution is too large to be ignored or deferred to tomorrow’s agenda. At the same time, Africa cannot afford to ignore the ‘old’ problem of household pollution or to consider it largely solved: it is only a few high-income countries – Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritius, Morocco, Seychelles and Tunisia – that can afford to view the problem of air pollution as being a problem of outdoor particulate pollution alone.”

The study stresses that there is not nearly enough knowledge of the sources of air pollution and its impact in much of Africa. It quotes UK scientist Mathew Evans professor of atmospheric chemistry at York University, who is leading a large-scale investigation of air pollution in west Africa.

“London and Lagos have entirely different air quality problems. In cities, such as London it’s mainly due to the burning of hydrocarbons for transport. African pollution isn’t like that. There is the burning of rubbish, cooking indoors with inefficient fuel stoves, millions of steel diesel electricity generators, cars which have had the catalytic converters removed and petrochemical plants, all pushing pollutants into the air over the cities. Compounds such as Sulphur dioxide, benzene and carbon monoxide, that haven’t been issues in western cities for decades, may be a significant problem in African cities. We simply don’t know.”

Whereas China has reached a level of development that has allowed it to concentrate on solving air pollution, most African countries must grapple with several major environmental burdens at the same time, said the report.

“[They] are not in the position of a China, which can today focus on air pollution undistracted by problems such as unsafe water or unsafe sanitation or childhood underweight,” said Roy.

Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte, head of the Europe, Middle east and Africa unit at the OECD development centre, said the paper made a double case for action. “Air pollution in Africa increasingly hurts people and hinders economic development. Reducing it requires urgent action by governments to change the unsustainable course of urbanization. Indeed, Africa urbanizes at a very fast pace: today’s 472 million urban dwellers will be around a billion in 2050. Today’s investment choices will have decade-long impacts on urban infrastructure and the quality of life of urbanites.

“Bold action to improve access to electricity, using clean technologies such as solar power, can contribute to reducing the exposure of the poorer families to indoor smog from coal or dung-fired cooking stoves.

“As for outdoor pollution, African economies would be well advised to learn from the experience of industrialized countries, for example by developing mass public transportation systems – like Rabat or Addis-Ababa are doing with their tramways.”

Roy warned that the human and economic costs of air pollution might “explode” without bold policy changes in Africa’s urbanization policies.

She concluded with a call for urgent international action: “If Africa’s local air pollution is contributing to climate change today, at a time when its population stands at 1.2 billion, or 16% of the world’s population, it is safe to suppose that … it is likely to contribute considerably more when its population increases to around 2.5 billion, or 25% of the world’s population in 2050, and thence to around 4.4 billion, or 40% of the world’s population in 2100

 

 

 


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Servicing and Maintenance-We don’t take it for-granted.

Category : Alternative Energy

Servicing and Maintenance of all our #Solar Power #installations is so paramount to us that we don’t take it for-granted. when this is done periodically by experts like AWPS Renewable Energy Ltd whose engineers are trained in U.S. We expect your batteries to serve you for a good period of 6years .

We also handle #repairs and #maintenance of #Hybrid Axpert and Yiyen  inverter anywhere in Lagos.

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#Solar power installation, Today @ Sparklight Estate.

Category : Alternative Energy

Guys!!! Its good to be back to work after a long weekend!

Checkout this #Solar power installation taking place today at Sparklight Estate Magboro!p1030224


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Nigerians spend N3.5t on fueling generators

Category : Alternative Energy

Nigerians spend an estimated N3.5 trillion yearly on fueling generators to meet commercial and domestic needs , as grid power is seriously inadequate. A report from GIZ, a German-based firm, said generators provide alternative source of energy and further improves economic activities for the country.

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The firm, which specialises in offering solutions to countries in solar and other forms of renewable energies, in a report, made available to The Nation, said Nigeria was one of the major importers of generating sets in Africa, noting that the country has spent huge amounts of money on buying, using and servicing generators.

It said Nigeria has been spending between N3trillion and N3.5trillion yearly on fueling generators in the past three years, adding that the country mostly imports generators from Asian countries such as China, Japan and others.

The firm said it was working on a study that would capture the expenditure incurred on importation and maintenance of generators in Nigeria and other African countries for 2016, adding that generators consume huge volumes of fuel after automobiles in Nigeria because power supply is not regular.

It said Perkins and other brands were used by manufacturers because they help in sustaining production activities.

The President, Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN), Mr. Segun Adaju, said the N800billion given by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) as the expenditure on fueling generators in a year was small when one considers the fact that the country was running what he described as a ‘generating economy.’

He said virtually every home and office uses generators, adding that the cost of fueling them run into billions of Naira daily. According to him, firms, especially manufacturers, spend billions of Naira weekly to procure fuel for generators. He added that they use high-powered generators that consume more fuel.

Adaju said: “Though the German firm didn’t provide insight into how it arrived at N3.5trillion yearly spend on fueling generators in Nigeria, its findings are not far from truth given the fact that Nigerians use generators a lot.

“Millions of people use the smallest size of generators popularly called I better pass my neighbour. The cost of fueling this brand runs into millions in a day let alone heavy brands such as Perkins that consume drums of diesel in day. Companies that use Perkins and other brands spend on average between N30million to N40million a day.”

According to him, the study conducted on the use of generators in Nigeria by his association showed that individuals and companies spend billions of Naira on generators monthly.

Adaju, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Consistent Energy Limited, urged Nigerians to explore opportunities in solar and other renewable energies to save money. The need to save money informed the decision of his association to create awareness on the use of solar, wind, coal and biomass forms of energy, he added.


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Repairs & Maintenance Of Hybrid Inverter

Category : Alternative Energy

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