Monthly Archives: December 2016

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Why should I get my solar panels from you?

Category : Alternative Energy

In two days it will be 2017, we will all be wishing each other a happy new year, while celebrating the passing of 2016.
Allow us at AWPS Renewable Energy, LTD to wish you a prosperous and healthy 2017.

At the end of the year we had an exercise within our organization where we asked our team mates this question

Why AWPS Renewable Energy? Why should a customer choose us over the competition?

The answers team members gave centered on

The wonderful work we did.
The incredible service that we provided to our customers.
The beauty and quality of the work that we did.
The robustness of the equipment we installed.
The caliber of the equipment we installed.
We use the best materials and equipment compared to the competition.
We care for our customers
We offer near instant customer service.
The most reliable solar power in Nigeria
We have customers in 13 States and the FCT.

While all this is factual and good:

Was it enough reason to convince you to spend N2,000,000 or more for solar power with us?

The answer in the mind of management was no. To get you closer to yes, we produced an info graphic that tells our story better than we have done over the last 3 years. It puts together the reasons that makes us number #1 in customer satisfaction. Why our systems don’t fail when it rains (God knows it rains in Nigeria). Why 80% of our referral business comes from customers who have used our systems for longer than 18 months. Why our customers save up to 80% on fuel costs. Why our partners are the worlds’ best. Why we protect your batteries better than the competition.

More reasons to buy the best

Please enjoy. Now that we have given you better reasons to invest in solar with us, call +234 1 888 1040 now or visit our shop to pick the best system that meets your needs.

The team at AWPS Renewable Energy wish you and your family a very HAPPY 2017.

The best is ahead of us Nigeria.

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Kenyan firm beat Tesla to solar roofing tiles

Category : Alternative Energy

Roof Tile

By Annie Njanja

For those who want solar power without looking like they have it, they have options.
Homeowners using solar energy have had to settle for panels which are mounted on rooftops. But new technology has brought into the Kenyan market, solar-power tiles, which allow a roof to maintain its design appeal.

Strauss Energy, a Kenyan company, is betting on the solar tiles to increase the uptake of green energy and lower installation cost.

Tony Nyagah, Strauss Energy chief executive officer, said the solar tiles are integrated right into the roof, allowing developers and home owners to construct houses without worrying about the need to create allowances for the installation of panels.

“We infuse solar panels and roofing tiles meaning that more surface area is utilised and the uniformity and beauty of the roof is maintained,” said Mr Nyagah.

Many homeowners are turning to solar energy to cut power costs but they are those who don’t relish the look of traditional photovoltaic solar panels, because their appearance detracts the aesthetic of the roof.

One tile goes for Sh2,500 and covering a square foot costs Sh12,500.

The cost is relatively high, but the engineering company has come up with a plan that allows buyers to pay in installments.

A household needs to have a third of the rooftop installed with the solar roofing tiles to have enough power to run on.

The firm has partnered with three manufacturers in China, that install the solar cells into the tiles. The company previously manufactured the roofing tiles, but the high production costs forced it to source partners outside Kenya.

He hopes to set up its own assembly plant in Machakos, a move that will help it control the production process.

“We did not get the quality we needed (when producing locally) and that is why we went to China last year. We now have the capacity to consistently produce high quality tiles,” he said.

Mr Nyagah, an engineer by profession, came up with the idea, but it was his sister Charity Wanjiku, an architect and co-founder of the firm, who perfected the design of the tile.

The firm also works in partnership with the Climate Innovation Centre at Strathmore University, which has helped the founders to scale-up their business.

The tiles are attached to an air compression system, which is a type of storage that allows for more power storage. Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) is a way to preserve energy for later usage by pumping heated and compressed air into an airtight chamber, and then releasing it through a turbine to generate power when needed.

The technology was used in ancient Greece to power clocks and fire cannons, and most recently in medical equipment.

“If you use the normal batteries then you have a limitation and quality issues because the steep demand of electricity in a typical household system cannot be supported by the battery. With air compression there is no limitation on usage,” he said.

Mr Nyagah said that the company’s ultimate plan is to take energy to the people that have no access to electricity.

“Africa should be benefiting most from solar energy because of its prime position in the tropics, but it is surprising that most of the countries in the continent are energy poor. Our idea is to bridge this gap,” he said.

Mr Nyagah is confident that the solar tiles will increase the uptake of alternative energy in Kenya, as global solar energy usage is predicted to grow six-fold by 2030.

Strauss Energy hopes to install the solar roofing tiles in 1,000 houses before the year ends and double the figure next year.

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Nigeria, your estates and villages can be solar powered.

Category : Alternative Energy

This island is now powered almost entirely by solar energy
By Chelsea Harvey

The new solar project on Ta’u. (Photo courtesy of SolarCity.)

A small island in American Samoa is making the switch from diesel generators to 100 percent renewable energy. Ta’u, the easternmost of the Samoan islands, has just been equipped with a new microgrid with 1.4 megawatts of solar-generation capacity and six megawatt hours of battery storage. It’s enough to power the entire island night and day.

With an area of just 17 square miles, Ta’u has a population of fewer than 1,000 people, and until now, they have relied almost entirely on diesel generators for their electricity. But it hasn’t always been an ideal situation. Because Ta’u is so remote, fuel for the generators must be shipped in by boat, which is expensive and means the island sometimes runs low on fuel before the next shipment arrives.

About a year ago, the American Samoa Power Authority began soliciting help with a project that would save the island the inconvenience, costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with relying on diesel.

“[They] basically just put out a solicitation to see if anybody could provide an alternative to diesel, and that’s something that we responded to,” said Peter Rive, co-founder and chief technology officer of solar provider SolarCity, which was recently acquired by Tesla.

The result is a system composed of more than 5,000 SolarCity solar panels and 60 Tesla Powerpack battery storage systems. The new microgrid could save the island nearly 110,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year, which amounts to about 2.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The microgrid is already up and operating, according to Rive, and covering about 99 percent of the island’s power needs. The battery system can provide three full days of power to the island without sun, he added. And it can fully recharge in seven hours of sunlight.

It’s not the first time an island has made the switch to renewable energy. Last year, for instance, the Nature Conservancy completed a $1.2 million solar and wind project on Palmyra Atoll, about 1,000 miles south of Hawaii. Although there’s no permanent population on the atoll, it serves as a scientific outpost and temporary residence for researchers. According to the Nature Conservancy, the island runs almost entirely on renewable energy.

Since 2008, the Galapagos island of San Cristóbal — with the second-largest population in the archipelago — has sourced about 30 percent of its power from wind and solar. And a proposed expansion, announced earlier this year, could boost the share of renewables to 70 percent. The goal is to eventually eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the Galapagos altogether.

SolarCity and Tesla are involved in another project on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, which will finish up with 17 megawatts of solar generation capacity and 52 megawatt hours of battery storage, Rive said.

According to Rive, the future of solar power lies in these types of battery-coupled systems, which allow energy to be stored and dispatched even when the sun isn’t shining. One of the biggest hurdles for renewable energy sources such as wind and solar is that they can only generate power intermittently — when the sun is out or the wind is blowing. The continued development of more effective, fast-responding energy-storage solutions is key to the continued expansion of renewables.

“When we think about large-scale solar power systems going forward, into the next decade, we see them all as having these [battery systems] attached to them,” he said.

The same can be done for the many estates that run diesel generators in Nigeria. Call AWPS Renewable Energy today and start saving money on fuel and repairs.
+234 18881040

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This Just Became the World’s Cheapest Form of Electricity Out of Nowhere

Category : Alternative Energy

by Joseph Hincks DECEMBER 15, 2016, 11:44 PM EST

And there’s one country that can claim a huge share of the credit for it.
Solar power is becoming the world’s cheapest form of new electricity generation, data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) suggests.

According to Bloomberg’s analysis, the cost of solar power in China, India, Brazil and 55 other emerging market economies has dropped to about one third of its price in 2010. This means solar now pips wind as the cheapest form of renewable energy—but is also outperforming coal and gas.

In a note to clients this week, BNEF chairman Michael Liebreich said that solar power had entered “the era of undercutting” fossil fuels.

Bloomberg reports that 2016 has seen remarkable falls in the price of electricity from solar sources, citing a $64 per megawatt-hour contract in India at the tart of the year, and a $29.10 per megawatt-hour deal struck in Chile in August—about 50% the price of electricity produced from coal.

Ethan Zindler, head of U.S. policy analysis at BNEF, attributed much of the downward pressure to China’s massive deployment of solar, and the assistance it had provided to other countries financing their own solar projects.

“Solar investment has gone from nothing—literally nothing—like five years ago to quite a lot,” Zinder said

When the numbers come in at the end of 2016 the generating capacity of newly installed solar photovoltaics is expected to exceed that of wind for the first time: at 70 gigawatts and 59 gigawatts respectively, according to BNEF projections.

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Renewable Energy & Power for All in Nigeria!

Category : Alternative Energy

Renewable Energy; the Power for All in Nigeria- Ify Malo, the immediate past senior policy adviser on energy, regulations and partnerships to former power minister, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, leads the Power for All in Nigeria, a global advocacy network for renewable energy usage in countries with chronic energy shortage. She told Chineme Okafor in this interview that renewable energy is best way out of Nigeria’s protracted electricity challenges. Excerpts:

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What does Power for All do, and why are you in Nigeria?
Power for All is a global campaign organization, and we are a non-profit organization; completely donor funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), which is our major founder and a few other private foundations. Our core mission is to drive and promote for decentralized renewable energy  (solar power) usage in all of the markets that we operate in.

This is premised on the fact that there are currently one billion people in the world without electricity, and a good chunk of that number is in sub-Saharan Africa. We believe that renewable energy is the only way that sub-Saharan African countries like Nigeria can accelerate energy access and alleviate energy poverty to make sure we are getting to parity when it comes with electrification rates with other developed countries.

In Nigeria, I create that collective voice to help shape policies and ideas to drive projects within the country in the area of decentralized renewable energy  (solar power)deployment.

You mean your organisation is strictly focused on accelerating projects, not execution?
Yes, that is what we do. We work with a lot of stakeholders who are project developers in the renewable energy sector, one of the things we believe is that part of the problems of renewable energy and solar especially is that it has gotten a bad rap in Nigeria and this has created some level of mistrust of solar technology within the market and while we have these developers doing amazing jobs electrifying rural and semi-urban communities, their stories are not being told and because they are not getting the kind of publicity they require, they are not doing enough projects that can help them to scale to market or that can bring more investments.

Our job really is help these project developers tell their stories, provide case studies, talk about how this is benefiting people and how it is creating social impact cascades across the communities they work in so that in another way it can help investors see what is going in in Nigeria and push them bring in money to support these developers. That is what we do in terms of project development in Nigeria, we don’t go ahead to execute projects.

Could it be that the bad rap on solar and renewables came from their reported fickleness?
There is a perception based on projects that were done in the past which were poorly executed that solar does not work, and the reasons some of those projects did not work was either because they were given to inexperienced contractors who shouldn’t have gotten those sort of jobs in the first place, and were not technically competent, or installations were put in place and people went ahead to vandalise them and after a while they stopped working so that became the narrative people ran with that solar is not dependable.

However, we have seen countries that have completely run their systems on solar for more than one year as a test model, and if a whole country can run on solar even if they are as small as one Nigerian state, then we should have states here that are completely off grid and on solar because the technology is improving fast and we believe there states that can benefit from this.

Can industrial hubs of countries run on solar or renewables?

When you have countries like Germany and Sweden running on solar that presupposes that their manufacturing outfits run on solar. Germany is far ahead in terms of how they have deployed solar, and they are showing what is possible.
There are developers in Germany that are doing micro grids that can cover huge demands of electricity in terms of megawatts, and I am talking about utility scale solar power deployment which is almost as much as what you can get using gas.

What we focus on however in Power for All is smaller parts, the stand-alone systems that can be used in homes because we believe those are the sort things that can scale quickly in Nigeria and be beneficial to its people, we are not against the big renewable projects though, we in fact believe there is a ready market for them here, but we think we can move quicker with the small stand-alone systems for homes and people who have not really enjoyed good power supply.

But solar or renewable is said to be quite expensive to deploy to home?

There is a high capital one-off cost that is associated with deploying solar technology, that is true, however, there also policy measures that can be put in place to drive this down. In some of the east African markets, what the governments have done is to put zero tariffs when it comes to anything that has to do with solar technology – the batteries, panels, or components for the technology.

In Nigeria, we have zero duty for panels and about 25 per cent duty for batteries. Unfortunately, we don’t distil between deep cycle batteries which we use for cars and solar batteries and that creates a high cost.
If we can get to the level that the eastern Africa market has got to and say zero tariff to anything associated with solar, it will greatly drive the cost down and that is some of the advocacy we want to begin to drive with the government.

The government isn’t interested in subsidy for solar, can such duty free policies help scale its use in the country?

I honestly think so because one of the things about policies is that they have the ability to shape markets in very granular ways and it will remove a lot of bottlenecks that most of the developers that are doing projects across the country are facing. It will provide clarity about what their overhead costs are and what kind of costs get passed down to the consumers eventually.
I believe that getting to a zero duty regime will certainly make the market a lot cheaper but also, I think developers can begin to think of creative ways of how to scale to market. There is something called securitisation in this market that we beginning to try to get people to look at. The PPAs are one way but the smaller companies that are doing smaller projects don’t have that luxury, we want to see if there is way to bring them together to begin to so bigger projects.

What are some of the significant challenges that promoters have shared with you?
There are two things – access to finance and access to market. Access to finance is exactly what we talked about, the ability for them to go to banks in their Nigeria to support their businesses isn’t there. Banks are lending in double digits with paybacks not in long terms. This creates a lot of barriers of entry because the market itself is not developed.

The other is access to market. Our geographical spread as a country makes us a very large market and some of the elements for generating renewable energy differ from place to place and so while there is a lot of sunlight in the north, that might not be the case with the south or in the middle belt that is actually very windy.

It is all about understanding these and penetrating them, as well as overcoming some issues to access to market. We haven’t seen an overriding policy that can make it easy for people to go through some of these, everybody has to do it on an ad-hoc basis, which is why we have an association for the sector – the Renewable Energy Association (REA), so that they can go as a collective voice to negotiate these issues with the governments, banks, lenders or even communities and then there will be much more crosscutting collaboration in this.

If this sort of clarity isn’t within the country’s renewable energy policy, what’s its use then?

The policy is one thing and every policy has its objectives and action plan which lays out the step by step metrics to reach the goals in the policy. A policy just sets out targets but when there is an action plan, you have what is to be done on a step-by-step process to attain the goals.

I understand we have a draft action document that is yet to be passed, again, I understand they probably have to take into consideration the views of stakeholders but one of the things we want to see in that action document is that there is inclusiveness in the plan so that the benefits of having renewables is spread across the country so that everybody understands that it can work for them.

Are we just waking up to the potentials of renewables?

Well, there is the potential but no communication and this is where my organisation comes in. we are hoping to ramp up that publicity because we believe there is a lot that has been done in this market and a lot is yet to be done.
Most of the news around renewable gets overshadowed with what is happening with our grid and because we have relied on the grid so far to supply us electricity, it has become a new whenever anything happens to it. We are hoping to shift a bit from that because there is lot going on currently with the grid that isn’t helping with our electricity.

Renewables are not competing with the grid but can go along with it to help increase electricity penetration in the country. We can quickly get to 10,000 megawatts with renewables and these are some of the targets we get to hear.
We also want to begin to let people know that they can trust this technology when people see case studies and how it has helped people.

When compared with rates of regular power supply, how much will it cost a Nigerian home to go off-grid?

Well, quite interesting. We get asked this all the time but the simple answer is that Nigerians are already paying a lot to generate their own electricity, they probably don’t know this.
When you do a modelling cost of how much you use for electricity both from alternative sources as well, you will see what the cost comes to say in a year. Solar is actually cheaper, the only challenge is that you need that high one-off cost to pay for it and which is what a lot of people struggle for.

That is why we talk about consumer financing to the market, working with the banks to create products that people can go and get just the same way they can get loans for anything and be servicing it for a period. There are churches in Nigeria that have already moved off-grid because it doesn’t make sense for them to continue on the same system that has not really worked.
Nigerian can pay, they are already paying and I think the only concern is that one-off payment, so that leaves out the doubt that this can work in Nigeria.

Are you able to assess the power sector, you’ve being around here for a while now?

I think the problems in the sector remain and have in recent times escalated with what is happening with our gas production. This creates a huge opportunity now for solar to become the mainstream. The government should consider this and most specifically decentralise renewable as a way to begin to pivot from grid and gas connected electricity because some of the issues with our gas probably won’t be solved in short or medium term, this need long term solutions and Nigerian cannot wait further  -thisdaylive


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Nine power plants shut, Shiroro, Jebba lose 245MW

Category : Alternative Energy

This is a story that has been told for decades. We have every excuse in the book but no solutions. It started with Kainji Dam, maintenance, the generator mafia, now it is gas and sabotage.

Posted by Osahon Date: December 08, 2016:

Nine of the nation’s 26 power plants did not generate any megawatts of electricity on Wednesday, coupled with significant reduction in the generation from two of the hydropower plants and several others.

The Shiroro Power Station in Niger State and Jebba Power Station in Kwara State saw their output fall to 300MW and 381MW, respectively, down from 450MW and 476MW on Friday, according to industry data obtained by our correspondent.

Unit 411G3 of Shiroro was out for water management, while 411G4 was out on maintenance.

Jebba’s unit 2G4 was also out for water management and 2G6 due to burnt generator winding and automatic voltage regulator.

Generation from Egbin, which is located in Lagos, with an installed capacity of 1,320MW, was said to have been limited to 160MW as of 6am on Wednesday, largely due to gas supply shortages, compared to the 172MW recorded on Tuesday, November 29.

The nation recorded another total system collapse on Sunday, December 4, the second in less than two weeks. The national grid had collapsed on November 24, the data showed.

The total national power generation fell to 3,251MW as of 6am on Wednesday, down from 3,574.2MW on Monday, November 28.

The power plants that were idle included Olorunsogo II in Ogun State and Ibom Power in Cross River.

Other plants, which did not generate any megawatt of electricity, were Afam IV & V, Odukpani NIPP, Trans-Amadi, AES, ASCO and Gbarain.

Olorunsogo’s units GT1, 2, 3, 4 and ST2 were said to be out due to gas constraints, while ST1 was out on maintenance.

The GT1 unit of Ibom Power was out on guide vane problem, while GT2 and 3 were out due to maintenance of the gas station for 45 days since October 21.

Twelve units of Afam IV & V were said to have been de-commissioned and scrapped; units GT13, 14, 15 and 16 were out on blade failure; GT17 and 18 were out due to burnt generator transformer; while GT19 and 20 were awaiting major overhaul.

Odukpani’s GT1 was shut down due to low excitation; GT2 out on maintenance; GT3 tripped on fire alarm; GT4 out due to unit transformer problem; and GT5 out due to gas constraints.

Trans-Amadi’s GT1, 2 and 4 were out due to gas constraints and GT3 out on fault, according to the data.

The AES was said to be out of production; ASCO’s GT1 was shut down due to leakage in the furnace; and Gbarain’s GT2 was out due to gas constraints.

Nine power plants shut, Shiroro, Jebba lose 245MW

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Solar power Tackles Electricity Challenges In Nigeria

Category : Alternative Energy

Solar power energy tackles electricity challenges in Nigeria three years after the privatization of power sector, generation has remained below 5,000 Mega Watts (MW). This energy deficit has hampered economic growth and prevented investments in the country.

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The challenges facing the power sector have been attributed to the high debt profile of power firms, unfavorable tariff structure and gas pipeline vandalism.

Experts at the just concluded yearly Power and Utilities Round Table, organized by PricewaterhouseCoopers in Lagos, believed that off-grid and small-scale energy solutions (solar power) that generate electricity closer to end users will also bolster productive uses of energy and income generation in the country.a

Some multinationals and private estates are already off-grid (solar power) in a bid to provide reliable electricity.

Already, Lagos State Government is exploring the off-grid solution to tackle its electricity challenges.

Partner and lead, Power & Utilities, PwC Nigeria, Pedro Omontuemhen, said: “For the millions of people who don’t currently have access to electricity, the old assumption that they will have to wait for grid extensions is being turned on its head by new technological possibilities

“There are currently 634 million people without electricity in Africa and in Nigeria we estimate that only one in five people has access to power from the electricity grid. This leaves four in five people living in urban and rural communities having to fend for themselves with makeshift and localised power solutions. Faster progress is needed, and we believe it can be achieved if national energy policies adopt a more comprehensive approach to energy access, embracing the new starting points for energy provided by standalone renewable technology i.e solar power”

Omontuemhen noted: “‘All or nothing’ approaches that focus primarily on the national grid are increasingly out of step to what is now possible in power technology. Advances in technology are rapidly changing the options available beyond the grid.

“Falling solar power  technology costs have spurred the growth of standalone home systems and are changing the economics of mini-grid systems. Battery storage technology is fast evolving to the point where it is going to play a significant role in utility-scale solar power storage and is beginning to feature in smaller-scale off-grid solutions. Together with access to mobile technology and mobile payment systems for microloans, a new era has arrived for beyond the grid electrification.” -guardian

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Solar Power breaks ground in Nigeria!

Category : Alternative Energy

Solar power Energy is breaking grounds as Governors from the northern states in Nigeria want to tap into the abundant solar radiation of the region to industrialize and improve the livelihood of their residents. They signed a fresh pact to generate 500 megawatts (MW) of solar energy with globally acclaimed power firm in Nigeria.


Perhaps understanding that Nigeria’s dependence on fossil fuel power generation was no longer reliable and that the world was also fast pivoting to renewable and clean energy generation modes, governors in Nigeria’s northern states recently hopped onto the moving renewable energy wagon to find solutions to the chronic electricity shortage that has come to define the region and indeed Nigeria.

According to a media statement, the governors under the Northern States Governors’ Forum, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the General Electric International for the construction of five solar plants in some parts of the region.

It’s coming just days after Nigeria formally ratified its commitment to the climate change terms the world drew up and agreed to follow during the Conference of Parties (COP -22) in Marrakech, Morocco. The five solar plants are expected to generate 500 megawatts (MW) of electricity that could help industries and small businesses in the region regain their hitherto lost productivity.


Also, the development follows the recent bold steps of the Federal Government to diversify Nigeria’s energy mix, by having 14 solar farms built majorly in states in the north by solar power promoters who signed power purchase agreements (PPA) with the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) to build and generate 1125MW of solar power.

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According to the statement signed by Isa Gusau, the spokesperson of the Borno Governor, Mr. Kashim Shettima, who is also the chairman of the forum, each of the plants is expected to generate 100MW of the 500MW planned electricity output.

The electricity from the solar farms, Gusau said would be used to stimulate economic activities and social services in the states, with special attention given to agricultural food processing, small scale businesses and stable electricity supply to schools and hospitals in the region.

He quoted Shettima to have said at the MoU signing ceremony with GE that, “The 19 Governors of the North jointly created this approach. We want to go beyond lamentation to provide solutions and we all know that power is key to industrial development.”

Shettima further noted: “With power, we can create jobs, stimulate our economies and make life better for our people. The General Electric has over 120-year experience in energy solutions and they have been operating in Nigeria for over 50 years, we cannot have a better partner than GE.”

“We shall do our part as governors, this I will assure you. We are deeply committed to this agreement,” he added at the ceremony which reportedly held in Abuja.

Change of Approach
Just like turning a new leaf, Shettima explained in the statement that the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and poor access to education, poor healthcare amongst other underdevelopment indications were threatening the north, hence the decision of the governors to take a new approach to curb such underdevelopment.

Coming at time when Nigeria may likely go through another round of power supply failures as generation from its largest power plant, Egbin station reportedly crashed to a record low of 172MW on Tuesday, the governors may have perhaps initiated a bold move that could create a positive ripple effect on the business of power generation and supplies in the country.

According to industry data, eight of the nation’s 26 power plants were idle on Tuesday while the nation recorded a total system collapse on Thursday, November 24, the second time it would happen this month and for as many times as possible this year.

Shettima had stated that the governors would no longer complain about the current electricity challenge of the country, but concentrate on finding solutions to the peculiar challenges of the region.

He said power could provide a vehicle for the North to reposition itself for a better future, adding that the Northern Nigeria Global Economic Re-integration Programme, a newly created platform by the forum would coordinate the 500MW solar project, which is also a pilot phase.

The programme would serve as the vehicle for the economic recovery of Northern states through international relations on infrastructure, manufacturing, as well as stimulation of the agricultural value chain and trade.

It would equally seek to make the region a global player in agricultural export in line with the vision of its late Premier, Ahmadu Bello.

Tanimu Kurfi, the former Chief Economic Adviser to late President Umaru Yar’Adua has reportedly been engaged as the Chief Executive Officer of the Programme and would, with his reported wide contact with leading development companies and financial institutions across the world, help nurture and stabilise the plan.

Similarly, the statement noted that both the Senior Executive, Western Europe and Africa for GE, Mr. Pineda, and its President/Chief Executive Officer for Nigeria, Dr. Lazarus Angbazo, in affirming the commitment of the company to the MoU, explained that they would work to realise the project.

Although no details as regard the projects’ costs and execution period was provided by the forum, it was not clear if this was part of GE’s existing commitment to help Nigeria grow her power infrastructure over the next 10 years.

GE in 2009 signed a Country-to-Company (C2C) agreement with the Federal Government to support the financing, design and building of infrastructure and capacity across key sectors of the economy, including rail, power and healthcare.

The agreement was however renewed for another five years, with the pledge to help Nigeria through its partnership with the Ministry of Power, develop up to 10,000MW of power over the next 10 years.

 – Thisday


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Does Your Work Speak Well Of You?

Category : Alternative Energy

“I would rather go to any extreme than suffer anything that is unworthy of my reputation, or of that of my crown”. Elizabeth I

During our interactions with our competitors clients, we are surprised by the compromises and the pain the clients have to endure in other to own solar. Some even with solar accept that they have to run a generator every day because they have no choice. Some endure inverters and controllers that fail after rainstorms. Many endure batteries that fail months after the installation. The worst we have seen are failed inverters with bulging damaged batteries.

What did we observe. Look at the pictures and then we will point out what could possibly be wrong.

Our Competitors job

Our Competitors job

Looks good right?

Looks good right?

Obviously not very imaginative. It installs quickly at minimal cost. The inverter is plugged into an outlet. No way to isolate or prevent feed back in the event of an electrical fault or surge. The inverter selected is not really suitable for a client that lives 100% of the grid. It is not heavy duty / rugged enough. The installer placed the inverter on Styrofoam packaging. Inverters get hot as they invert. The packaging traps heat and can cause premature failure or a fire. The Styrofoam is placed on top of the battery. Batteries including maintenance free batteries will vent when overcharged. The cover can blocks the vents. When the battery can’t vent what do you think will happen? It will bulge and damage the plates, in rare instances they will explode. Your batteries are the 2nd most expensive part of your system. They need to be properly charged. The charge controller (the black thing on the wall) can’t do it very well. This is why after a few months, your batteries lose capacity or you are forced to run your generator daily. Finally. There are no protections. No fuses, battery disconnects or PV disconnects. This is why, when you experience thermal runaways they fry the inverters and controllers. There is nothing to disrupt that.

Take a look at our installation and you can immediately see the difference. The quality of the installation and equipment stands out.

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Programming the SW with Battery Box

SW with Battery box

SW with Battery box

The picture speaks for itself. It looks very professional (comparable to anything you will see in Europe or America), all the protections are in place. The wires are tucked away and the battery box looks like a piece of furniture.

We spend money and time on the installation so that you can enjoy your investment for a very long time

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Power Supply Drops Below 3,000MW over Shortage of Gas

Category : Alternative Energy

Go to sleep in Nigeria and wake up 30 years later and the headlines would not change.

December 1, 2016
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Power allocation to the 11 distribution companies, which had averaged 4,000 megawatts in recent months has further dropped to below 3,000MW following the inadequate supply of gas to the power stations as a result of the impact of the militant attacks on oil and gas facilities, THISDAY has learnt.

Power Transmission Lines

Power Transmission Lines

THISDAY gathered from the “Daily Hourly Demand Records” obtained from one of the generation companies that actual supply averaged 2,924.51 megawatts last Monday.

According to the records, the 11 distribution were allocated 2,984 megawatts for one hour las Monday before the allocation dropped further to 2,921.92MW, which lasted for several hours.
It was however learnt that the actual generation was a bit higher than what was actually allocated to the Discos.

Also, the operational report of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) that highlights the “Spotlights on Grid Operations” showed that generation as at 6a.m. yesterday was 2,961.6MW

The report showed that on Tuesday, peak generation was 3,421.5MW while the lowest generation was 2,762.9MW, averaging 2,924.51MW.
The 2,924.51MW average generation was far below the projected National Peak Demand Forecast of 17,720MW, according to TCN.
Currently, the country has installed capacity of 11,165.40MW, but only 7,492.40MW is available.

Out of the 7,492.40MW that is available, the TCN has an installed capacity to wheel 7,000MW but the network operational capability is only 5,500MW.

Sustained attacks on oil and gas facilities by militants in the Niger Delta have affected the flow of gas to some power plants, leading to a loss of over 2,000MW from the grid.
Before the militants resumed attacks on gas pipelines, generation had hit 5,074MW on February 2.

The recent attack on the Chevron’s Escravos export pipeline at Escravos offshore by the Niger Delta Avengers, which wiped off about 500MW from the grid was the latest attack that impacted power supply.

THISDAY gathered that many power stations are experiencing acute shortage of gas supply with 1,320MW-capacity Egbin Power Station being the worst hit.

It was also learnt that Egbin, which had achieved over 1,000MW before gas supply to the power stations worsened, was generating less than 300MW yesterday, according to TCN.

While several units of Egbin – ST3, 4 and 5 were impacted by gas constraints; Units ST1 and ST2 had other challenges.

Also many other power stations were not producing electricity yesterday as a result of gas shortages and technical challenges.
These include: Olorunsogo II, Ibom Power, Afam IV and V, Rivers IPP, Trans-Amadi, and Gbarain Ubie in Bayelsa State.

While Olorunsogo’s Units GT1, 2, 3, 4 and ST2 were not generating as a result of gas constraints, Unit ST1 was not producing due to technical issues.

Power Supply Drops Below 3,000MW over Shortage of Gas