Month: November 2016

 

Solar Energy; It Works Than You Thought!

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#Solar power energy in Nigeria has become a solution to solving power supply outage in Nigeria. With solar power energy people now have option of having 24hours uninterrupted power supply.

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Many Estate Especially the ones living off grid in Nigeria now enjoys Solar power energy installed by AWPS Renewable Energy Ltd.  Magboro in Ogun State is a perfect example of where solar power rocks.  The people in Magboro for over the years had suffered for electricity, we could remember one of the people we did solar power installation for said “the presence of standard grid in Magboro is not visible in the next 5years” this is because the issue of power outage has been since 2011.

 In this estate, different sizes of solar power systems had been installed ranging from 1KW in panels to 4KW in panels using high quality brand of batteries, inverter and charge controllers.  Most of the building in Magboro, Sparklight Estate uses solar power energy and many more are eager to switch solar.

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Schneider Electric Conext SW and MPPT 60 150. 4 L16 from US Battery Mfg. with Battery box

Going by the number of solar power installations we do on weekly basis, it will not be wrong to say that Solar power energy is the future, a sustainable solution to power outage in Nigeria. To many due to their experiences of a poor solar power installation job done by the so-called engineers who do not have the technical know-how sees solar as something that does not work. However, the good news is “solar works” even perfectly than other means of power supply. Sure! We see bad jobs done by quacks engineers every day and we are proud at AWPS Renewable Energy Limited In correcting the poor jobs done by the quack engineers.

Solar power installation involves skills and experiences acquired over time, at AWPS we believe that, it’s not so called engineers that can deliver a clean solar power job by using the right cables, inverter, batteries, panels and charge controllers.

AWPS Renewable Energy is known for a clean job, high standard and integrity. This why our customers will rather preach about us and even refer us to people in need of Solar power in order to have access to constant power supply any where in Nigeria.

 

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Give me an estimate for 5 and 10 kva.

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This is a request we get daily. The range is so huge that we wonder if 5 kva and 10 kva are nothing but numbers that have no real measurement to the individual making the request.

5 kva is 4 Kw and 10 kva is 8 kw.

The fuel tank 480 AH

The fuel tank 480 AH

Let is do actual measurements for you to get an actual idea of how much power you consume.

I currently have a 3000 watt inverter, two 30 amp mppt charge controllers, 480 AH in flooded batteries and 2000 watts in panels.

Connected to my 3000 watt inverter from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday are:

1. refrigerator
2. A freezer
3. A ceiling fan
4, 2 walls fans
5. 1 standing fan
6. 5 laptops
7. 1 laser printer

All these pull between 550 and 600 watts.

I also have a pumping machine, an electric iron that I use when I want to iron, a 32 inch TV, another wall fan, a microwave and my lights at night.

The pumping machine is over sized for the house 2 hp, it pulls 1500 watts. The microwave is defective it pulls over 1300 watts. The iron is an iron it pulls over 1200 watts. My TV, fan and lights are negligible next to the others.

The question that you will ask is; what is on at the same time?

Number 1 to 7 are on during the day. We turn off number 1 if we want to pump water. We do the same if we are ironing.
At night the freezer, 2 fans, lights and on some evenings the TV (for a few hours) are on till the morning.

On sunny days I average 6000 to 8000 watt hours in production which is more than enough to handle my consumption and put something back into my batteries. In the morning I wake up to batteries that have over 75% left. Some mornings I wake up to batteries that are over 90% full.

My 3 kw is equivalent to 3.6 kva. In January we will add additional panels so that we can power a 1 hp AC on a sunny day.

So when someone asks for a 5 kva and or a 10 kva, I ask myself what are they thinking about? Do they really need a machine that big or could something smaller do the job?

So when next you want to purchase solar or an inverter ask for a calculation of your loads. Don’t assume the size that you want.

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9 Great Reasons To Use Solar Power In Nigeria

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Alternative energy i.e Solar power is a great alternative source for 24hours uninterrupted power supply. Ever wonder why and how?  Let’s look at 9 great reasons to use solar power anywhere in Nigeria.

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  1. Its Renewable– Solar is a renewable energy source. The sun is always present and even the cloudiest days, there is a bit of isolation available for the solar panels to soak up easily.
  2. Its Available Anywhere– Solar can be installed anywhere, even when what it is powering is in the shade. No matter what the circumstance, if there is a sunny spot nearby the solar can be installed to power home and business
  3. Its Durable– Solar power systems is works for years, if well installed, it can work for over 25years, it does not have any moving part, usually fixed in a safe place where it cannot not be damaged.
  4. Eco-Friendly– No harmful gases come from a solar panel.
  5. Cost Savings– Solar provides cost savings by not having to pay for monthly electricity bills, especially since electric costs continue to rise where the cost of solar continues to fall. Cost savings also can be calculated by eliminating the need for constant repairs & maintenance of generator parts.
  6. Easy Installation– Solar panels are easy to install, typically only needing a few bolts to hold them secure and some basic wiring, also bearing in mind the little space beneath panels in order for panels not to rest directly on roof. Solar lighting systems provide the solar power system at the top of the pole for most installation configurations, leaving all important electrical material right under the space provided under the panels
  7. Low Voltage– Solar utilizes lower voltage, typically 12 or 24 Volts DC, which means safer usage and installation.
  8. Energy Savings– Solar utilizes lower powered items such as LED bulbs, lower powered electronics, etc. that do not use as much power as standard grid systems.
  9. Battery Backup– Most solar systems today utilize a battery bank backup that allows for three plus days storage of the power needed to keep the system running. That way, if the sun goes out, you will still have power for a couple of days. however, the good news is, “the sun will always shine”

 

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Nigerians should not expect improved power in next five years

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Nigerians should not expect improved power in next five years– Electricity Distribution boss
November 20, 2016 Ben Ezeamalu Premium Times

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The Managing Director of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Olufunke Osibodu, has urged Nigerians not to expect any improvement in the power sector in the next five years.
Speaking at the 11th Annual Founder’s Day event of the American University of Nigeria in Yola, Saturday, Mrs. Osibodu said at least N250 billion is required annually to fix the country’s electricity sector.
“And we Nigerians need to understand that we cannot do it overnight, and in addition we have to pay for it,” said Mrs. Osibodu, while delivering the keynote speech titled ‘Beyond Oil: Sustainable Development for All Nigerians.’.
“We need to be ready as citizens also, to accept and live with the pain that we have to go through, and allow time as our friends.
“As Nigerians, often we are the ones that deceive our politicians. The politicians believe that the only way to go is to promise everything immediately possible. Promise that everything is possible today so that they can get elected. But when you see that it is not, so we want to give them time and use time as our friends.
“It is the same story for the power industry. When I tell my friends, that forget any improvement for the next five years, they are scared, but that is the truth. We need minimum of five years to invest before we see results.
“But very often, because Nigerians are impatient, we start pushing our governments and they start reversing good things they have done in various ways. So we need to be more patient.”
Mrs. Osibodu’s statements came despite the claim earlier in the year by Babatunde Fashola, the minister of Power, Works, and Housing, that the country would attain 10,000 megawatts electricity generation by 2019.
Apart of challenges of generation, Nigeria also has problems of transmission and distribution of the generated electricity.
According to Mrs. Osibodu, Nigeria is currently producing two percent of the total electricity it requires.
“In addition, in this country we have 32 million household population. In other words, 32 million houses by statistics. But on the national grid, only four million are officially customers of the various distribution companies.
“About 36 per cent of the power generation is lost either through commercial theft, illegal consumption, or non-payment of bills. But 14 per cent of that power is also lost through very poor network.
“In other words, the two percent that we have is even further played down. About 30 percent of the power, we all waste it, by forgetting to put out the light, many things that should not be turned on, and we pay for that wastage.”

Nigerians should not expect improved power in next five years – Electricity Distribution boss

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Cut-Down Your Electricity Bill With Solar!

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Power supply is inevitable in our daily lives, Majority of Nigerians are faced with outrageous electricity bills monthly.  Here is an alternative energy supply, a solution to solving outrageous electricity bills in Nigeria.  “Solar Power energy” It helps home and business to save, so the key reason that most households convert their power source to solar energy is to cut down their electrical bill because the electrical usage generated from the sunshine is free and it knows no bound. By converting as many home appliances as possible to use solar energy, you can save a significant savings in your utilities expenses since the sun -who is the provider and the energy source doesn’t tax anyone.

The cost of Running A Generator is Expensive

Generating alternative energy by converting mechanical to electrical must do with the use of generator filled with fossil fuel that will run out within some hours or a day as one cannot have more than enough fossil fuel. Solar energy is a good alternative to replace fossil fuel as the major energy source because solar power is renewable at absolutely no cost to supply energy infinitely.

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Solar power energy saves from running on generator, it also saves from environmental pollution as Pollution is getting worse on daily basis due to the use of generator and fossil fuel in our societies. Any effort that can reduce the pollution to the environment helps to save the earth and health. Solar panels can harness the energy from the sun and convert it to electricity. Therefore, the use of solar panels is environment friendly. Solar energy that is harmless to the environment will be the major energy source for future – starting today. Imagine if every home has solar panels on their roofs, Most Generators will go on leave, the unbearable noise produced from the oil dripping generator will disappear and life would be more comfortable with everyone.

 

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The truth is, once you have installed the solar power system, it can last twenty to thirty years without major maintenance or repairs needed. If the sun continues to shine, 24hours uninterrupted power supply is certain for 30years.  We can infer that a 30-year-old generator does not exist anywhere. Let’s assume there is a 30-year-old generator still running till date, then it means the cost of running that generator would have put in place some many solar power installations considering the cost of fossil fuel and cost of repairs and maintenance that must have gone into running that generator for 30years. You may need to do system check once a year, just to make sure everything is performing as it should. Since it requires very minimum maintenance cost, your cost should be minimal.

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A tale of two customers

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Installing 1 kw

This weekend I visited two of our clients in Magboro Ogun state. The both live in Gateway Sparklight Estate. The last time the grid was present was in 2011. People who live there either run a generator or are on solar power.

Customer A is our newest client and had a very limited budget for an introductory system. He got a 5 kva Inverter, 1 Kw in panels and 150 AH in batteries.

5 Kva Axpert

5 Kva Axpert

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150 AH Battery Bank

Customer B our oldest client in the estate, has the same 5 kva inverter, 404 AH in batteries, a 60 amp MPPT charge controller and 4 kw in panels.

5 kva Inverter 60 amp controller and 8 L16 Batteries

5 kva Inverter 60 amp controller and 8 L16 Batteries

The both have identical 5 kva Inverters and that is where the similarity ends.

Customer A has to manage his power consumption. He can’t have the fan, TV and freezer on at the same time if he expects the batteries to get charged. He has to conserve how he uses power. And periodically he needs his generator to charge his batteries for 2 hours. This allows him to have 24/7 electricity.

Customer B does not need to conserve, he is able to power his TV, fans, two washing machines, his freezer and 1 AC on very sunny days. At night he runs his freezer, fans and watches TV with no attempt to conserve. In the morning he uses his toaster to toast his bread. By 11 am on a sunny day his batteries are fully charged. He does not need the help of his generator to do that.

Similar situation, but totally different lifestyle. One enjoys all the comforts that comes with electricity with no restrictions and the other enjoys restricted benefits.

There is a direct correlation between your investment in power and the returns you see from that investment.

 

Customer A plans to slowly upgrade his system. He will get an additional 1 kw in panels by December. This will allow him to power everything and have some extra going into the batteries. And in time he will double his panels and his batteries and he and his wife can live the same lifestyle that Customer B enjoys.

 

Moral of this story. Carefully plan your system. 5 kva does not always mean 5 kva. Do some homework, talk to the experts and when all has failed called the Dr.

DR SOLAR.

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Solar Power; an Affordable Alternative Energy Source For Nigerians!

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Solar power is  cheap alternative energy source for Nigerians.  A quick flash back to 1980s’, we will remember how Kerosene lamps and sore eyes were once routine elements of grading student homework, Solar electricity has changed that. Suliat a 35-year-old teacher in rural area of Ekiti State, can go through the pile of students’ books arranged on her table without worries of interruption of power supply because of how reliable Solar power energy works 24hours a day.

Solar power energy as alternative source of energy has made life easy that people can make use of washing machine, pumping machine, toast machine, TV, ACs, sound systems, bulbs, freezer and fridge. To say it all, people can now charge phones instead of going about with chargers in their bags or pocket. The world of solar Is a world full of comfort without any noise or worries of total black out.

 Imagine trying to go through a hundred exercise books in poor lighting and smoky with oil dripping generator. The alternative in those days was marking assignments before sunset but that means people could not spend time with young children before their bedtime, or prepare dinner early enough due to lack of good alternative Energy. Also, people could not preserve cooked food with freezer and fridge because they need power supply to make them work.

Thankfully, this is now a headache of the past.” Because solar power energy has been helpful for constant power supply rather than running on generator for few hours.

Nigeria is a country blessed with sunlight all year round and this makes it easy for homes and businesses to tap into the beautiful world of alternative energy supply. i.e. solar power,

Majority of estate that live off grid in Nigeria are now tapping this free clean energy source to light up remote and isolated homes that have no immediate hope of linking to their national electricity grid.

Electrifying urban and rural areas in Nigeria with uninterrupted power supply poses unique challenges for Nigeria governments and for this reason, AWPS Renewable Energy Ltd the #1 solar power company in Nigeria has dim it fit to provided solar power solutions to the, estates that are off grid, remote and scattered, rural homes in Nigeria with best brand of inverter, charge controllers and batteries that will work for years with a reasonable quote that can power your home and business

The sun is free and inexhaustible, it shines everyday.

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Solar power: cheap energy source for Nigerians

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Solar power is  cheap alternative energy source for Nigerians.  A quick flash back to 1980s’, we will remember how Kerosene lamps and sore eyes were once routine elements of grading student homework, Solar electricity has changed that. Suliat a 35-year-old teacher in rural area of Ekiti State, can go through the pile of students’ books arranged on her table without worries of interruption of power supply because of how reliable Solar power energy works 24hours a day.

Solar power energy as alternative source of energy has made life easy that people can make use of washing machine, pumping machine, toast machine, TV, ACs, sound systems, bulbs, freezer and fridge. To say it all, people can now charge phones instead of going about with chargers in their bags or pocket. The world of solar Is a world full of comfort without any noise or worries of total black out.

 Imagine trying to go through a hundred exercise books in poor lighting and smoky with oil dripping generator. The alternative in those days was marking assignments before sunset but that means people could not spend time with young children before their bedtime, or prepare dinner early enough due to lack of good alternative Energy. Also, people could not preserve cooked food with freezer and fridge because they need power supply to make them work.

Thankfully, this is now a headache of the past.” Because solar power energy has been helpful for constant power supply rather than running on generator for few hours.

Nigeria is a country blessed with sunlight all year round and this makes it easy for homes and businesses to tap into the beautiful world of alternative energy supply. i.e. solar power,

Majority of estate that live off grid in Nigeria are now tapping this free clean energy source to light up remote and isolated homes that have no immediate hope of linking to their national electricity grid.

Electrifying urban and rural areas in Nigeria with uninterrupted power supply poses unique challenges for Nigeria governments and for this reason, AWPS Renewable Energy Ltd the #1 solar power company in Nigeria has dim it fit to provided solar power solutions to the, estates that are off grid, remote and scattered, rural homes in Nigeria with best brand of inverter, charge controllers and batteries that will work for years with a reasonable quote that can power your home and business

The sun is free and inexhaustible, it shines everyday.

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Solar Power energy: Solution to Nigeria’s energy crisis

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ENERGY is the mainstay of Nigeria’s economic growth and development. It significantly serves as a tradable commodity for earning the national income, which is used to support government development programmes.

It also serves as an input into the production of goods and services in the nation’s industry, transport, agriculture, health and education sectors, as well as an instrument for politics, security and diplomacy.

It is evident that Nigeria being the most populous black nation in the world, endowed with rich and diverse natural resources, is still one of the poorest countries in the world with an estimated GDP per capita of N1977.97.

Energy crisis in Nigeria has become a norm for several decades and is the bane of her economic development. There is an extreme electricity deficiency in Nigeria and the causes of this deficiency are related to financial, sociopolitical, and structural issues.

These lead the power sector to be recording high energy losses from power generation and billing which lead to insufficient cash generation. As a result of these inefficiencies, only about 40 per cent of households in Nigeria are connected to the national grid.

There is high-energy loss due to the physical deterioration of the transmission and distribution facilities, an inadequate metering system and an increase in the incidence of power theft through illegal connections.

Energy demand in Nigeria is dominated by fuel wood and women and children are the most affected in the energy crisis. The energy sector in Nigeria totally relies on government  funding of major energy plants and energy capital projects by the Federal Government, states and government agencies.

The Nigerian government has not been able to find permanent solutions that will resolve the problems. The irony of the situation is that, as the abundance of the vast oil and gas reserves are in Nigeria, so also are abundance of renewable energy potentials, but the country still depends on #alternatives that are still within the limits of fossil fuels, which are the only source that currently powers the nation economy.

Acting out of the papers has become very necessary. #Alternative energy sources i.e #solar are at present the only panacea that will ‘bail the cat’ as seen practiced by many other countries including neighboring Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa which the Bloomberg New Energy Finance has confirmed is leading in the renewable energy revolution in Africa, leaving Nigeria, the “Giant of Africa behind.” Renewable energy sources are still the best and wonderful option because they are limitless.

Energy crisis in Nigeria has become a norm for several decades and is the bane of her economic development. There is an extreme electricity deficiency in Nigeria and the causes of this deficiency are related to financial, sociopolitical, and structural issues

We will not run out of them as we may do the fossils fuels. Also, it is not only the declining levels of fossil fuels that is the only major concern to make Nigeria adapt and switch to the use of renewable energy sources, climate change, which is caused as a result of carbon emissions and environmental pollution is drawing world attention and forcing national governments to formulate policies that will make their nations adapt to the use of renewable energy sources to cut environmental pollution to a barest minimum, because global warming has become a major issue and problem of the world today and in the future.

Nigeria should not be lagging behind in towing this viable path that other visionary and proactive nations are towing to save their countries from impending energy cataclysm.

Long-term investments in renewable energy most especially in  solar have the potential to contribute significantly to the electricity deficiency.

The theoretical framework of the energy policy outlined by the Nigerian government seems promising, but there is a discontinuity, however, between implementation and theory.

The Federal Ministries of Environment and Power and the Energy Commission of Nigeria should implement their blueprints of renewable energy technologies in at least, direct capturing of the excess solar energy, abundant in Nigeria.

From the NIMET’s info sheet, Nigeria is endowed with an annual daily sunshine that is averagely 6.25 hours, which is ranging between about 3.5 hours at the coastal areas of the northern boundary of the nations and also has an annual average daily solar radiation of about 3.5 KWm2/day in the coastal area which is in the southern part and 7.0 KWm2/ day at the northern boundary.

Nigeria receives about 4909.212 kWh of energy from the sun which is equivalent to about 1.082 million tonnes of oil; this is about 4000 times the current crude oil production per day, and also put at about 13 thousand times of daily natural gas production based on energy unit.

Majority of Nigerians are not aware about the environmental impacts and economic benefits of adopting renewable energy i.e #solar power energy. The public awareness of the #renewable energy technologies is generally low.

Consequently, the Nigerian public does not have much influence that will compel the government to formulate decisive policies and initiatives that will enhance and promote the application, development, dissemination and diffusion of renewable energy technologies and resources in the Nigerian energy market.

The environment will surely benefit from the elimination of fossil fuels haven embraced #solar power which will also boost most sectors of the economy. This is where it becomes the business of the general public in Nigeria to prod the government to divest to renewable energy(solar power energy)  to better the socio economic lives of the citizens and enhance the economy of the nation.

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2 kw in Panels

source; guardian.ng

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How green is Africa’s energy supply? Let’s Think Solar

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Africa is responsible for just a small percentage of fossil fuel emissions. But many countries on the continent are expanding solar, water and wind power. We take a look at how eight African countries compare.

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Under the Paris Agreement, the world has committed to keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius – and ideally below 1.5 degrees. That means a radical change in where we source our energy, ditching fossil fuels in favor of carbon-free renewables.

So how well are African countries doing? Overall, Africa is responsible for just 3.5 percent of fossil fuel emissions – despite being home to around 16 percent of the global population. Africa’s energy infrastructure is far less developed than in the carbon-heavy economies of America, Europe and China, for example. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), around 600 million people in Africa do not have access to electricity.

In terms of renewable energy production, the picture varies widely country-to-country. Countries like Zambia, and Democratic Republic of Congo have close to 100 percent renewable electricity production from hydropower facilities.

Ethiopia, too relies heavily on hydropower but also wind power, which now accounts for about 4 percent of its power generation. Morocco and South Africa are among the African countries investing most in modern wind and solar power facilities. But South Africa still generates less that 3 percent of its electricity from renewable.

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Ethiopia is streets ahead of South Africa when it comes to renewable energy production but many people on the continent are still reliant on dangerous kerosene lamps

In 2014 (the year referred to in the graphic above) renewables accounted for just 13.6 of Morocco’s electricity production. But it has made the development of renewables a national priority, with huge new solar power facilities coming online over the last year.

In many parts of Africa, people are not connected to the grid and may use small, home solar systems to run household appliances – which don’t show up in the statistics for overall power production.

Aside from power production, Africa is still heavily dependant on burning wood and charcoal for cooking and heating. According to the IEA, approximately 730 million people in Africa rely on traditional biomass. And that has its own environmental impacts, in terms of deforestation and air quality.

Source; Eco@Africa

 

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