Some of the factors that will hurt the wide adoption of solar energy in sub-Saharan Africa and Nigeria as a focal point is the high rate of the distribution of poor/substandard solar equipment (Inverters, solar panels, batteries, controllers, mounting kits etc) in the market with not enough government regulations on standard especially in Alaba international market which is presumably the biggest solar market in West-Africa and also the influx of unprofessional installers handling this equipment which the outcome of these factors could damage the entire solar ecosystem and makes the end-user becoming less confident with solar as their preferred choice of energy.
To make solar work we have to start by getting the distribution right then move to ensure the right people (Installers, solar dealers & project contractors, etc.) are installing solar energy systems on our roof and to provide enabling environment for them to accelerate growth for their business.
We can’t wait for the government to do all for us. This is why I established Solatrify (The value-added solar distribution company) to be operational by mid-September with a passionate team committed to providing a robust web & mobile procurement platform for the growing network of local solar dealers, installers and project contractors in sub-Saharan Africa that can have access top quality solar equipment from our (vetted) solar manufacturing partners at the same wholesales price coupled without value-added services (business support & financing mechanism).
We would currently be the only solar distributors in Sub-Saharan Africa going the extra mile by combining (technology , people & process) to ensure we solve the bottlenecks the installers & solar dealers are facing because we believe they hold the key to unlock the growth of the solar industry and control largely 70% of the solar energy market.
We are opening our 1st Solatrify Experience Hub at Alaba this month to pilot our business model and expand to other states by next year.
Experience Hub is where we sign-up and educate local solar installers & dealers in Nigeria on the importance of purchasing quality solar equipment before they have access to wholesale prices from our verified solar manufacturing partners and as well enjoy our business support (assigned account managers, customer leads, customized marketing & promotion) and finance mechanism.
Learn more visit https://solatrify.com
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