Sharing our client Alfred Martin’s experience
When his new troubles started and his solution.
April 5, 2016
Dear FG/ Abuja Electricity Distribution Company
Since lately you have made many cry their is a casting down of power supply, I also have contacted http://atlanticwastepower.com/ to Install for me a complete off grid Solar System. I will now determine how much I pay you. My happiness is in my hands!
Now I shall continually say there is a lifting up!
Una no fit fall my hand….
Alfred Martins Abuja via Facebook
His victory speech posted on Facebook September 3, 2016.
SOLAR POWER AS A SOLUTION TO THE ERRATIC POWER SUPPLY IN NIGERIA…. I EXPERIENCE AND VICTORY!
When I first saw and had about inverters and solar systems the story coming from people who had invested was not so good. This made me invest more time in looking for the right solution and installers and most of the complaints from my findings were not based on the solution but installers who were not well grounded in knowledge of the solution they were installing for gullible clients.
In 2010 I installed a 5kVA inverter and later downgraded it to 3.5kVA when I found I was paying PHCN more money to get the inverter charged and I really was not getting what I expected knowing that I needed a solution that can save cost of main grid power. In 2013 I added eight solar panels and a charge controller to the existing inverter and was shocked when after the installations and days of use I found myself complaining just like the people I had met earlier in my search for a working solution.
All of the above mentioned challenges did not deter my search for a perfect working solution.
I was introduced to someone last year and was asked to meet up in Abuja but could not get that meeting to happen. We finally resulted to speaking on phone and when he told me what he was into and that he was in the country to build the renewable energy sector of our nation I thought “could this be it”.
I later this year requested for a complete solar solution to be installed and since the solution was coming from the United State I was confident that possibly I can finally access a good product. Better than that it was a Schneider Electric product and we had the installation done about two months ago.
My Solar Systems gives me the advantage i had always wanted. We first ran 100% on the Solar system for about four weeks before we connected it to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company’s grid. Finally I got what I have always wanted a system that provides power through the Sun. I have not used a generator in the last Six year and have recorded savings but I was shocked when I found out I could save even much more.
My Solar solution gives me the ability for Load Shaving, I can program load shaving whenever I want, by this I can choose the time I want Power from the grid and this further lowers my power consumption from AEDC. The programming of the system allows me to load shave from 9am to 5pm daily. This cost savings cannot be imagined and not every inverter can do this. The inverter can also cut off the power once it gets to the programmed minimal voltage cut-off. The low voltage cutoff is to prevent the battery from being over discharged and destroying them, one can also set the input voltage from the grid. Programming Input voltage from the grid is to prevent AEDC from giving too low or too high and damaging my appliances and the batteries are programmed for equalization which is a periodic deliberate overcharge of the batteries. This is done to reduce stratification/ sulfation and allow the acid at the bottom to mix with what you have on top.
Who says one cannot get what he desires. I am finally where I want to be, I have walked the walk and I got more for it as I finally now have control over my power generation and distribution.
Like a very senior friend once said, I now declare my own United States of Alfred.
A million thanks goes to Christopher J. Onwuasoanya. On That phone conversation was the roadmap to my long sort for solar desire. Now going green is becoming a reality.
Mr. Christopher Onwuasoanya is the President, AWPS Renewable Energy Limited and former Vice president Investment and advisor at Chase Investment Services and formar Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Corporation.
He is a solar power Entrepreneur looking to bring change to the way Nigerians power their homes.
— with Christopher J. Onwuasoanya.
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