Martin van Dam
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Nov 21, 2014
Martin van Dam replied to Yotam Ariel's discussion Listing solar training organizations (focus on off-grid, developing countries) in the group Training solar professionals
"We are not really a training organization, but Smart Energy Services offers training in installing basic SHS (20Wp - 1000Wp) in Burkina Faso. Target group = electricians who wire buildings and who get demand for solar installations. At the…"
Nov 21, 2014
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Apr 2, 2014
Martin van Dam joined Adedayo Lawal's group
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Distributors and Retailers ideas on products.

The aim of this group is to help distributors and retailers to provide feedback to manufacturers, since they exist as channel between the manufacture of off-grid lighting product and end users.This group is intended to generate suggestions based on consumer needs and other problems we face on the field.See More
Apr 2, 2014
Martin van Dam replied to MainaMumbi's discussion Would this be correct, to say !
"I think that Vodafone, MTN and Airtel so far have had more success in reaching the BOP than the solar industry, so I think it will be the opposite..."
May 28, 2013
Martin van Dam replied to MainaMumbi's discussion Would this be correct, to say !
"Maina, The idea is very interesting. However quite a few obstacles have to be tackled. One of them is like Evan mentioned the battery, but there are many more. - charging : a phone is usually kept in the pocket. But it should be charged every day.…"
May 27, 2013
Martin van Dam replied to Oliver Kynaston's discussion Can PicoSolar ever be truly Plug-and-Play?
"It depends on the business owner (and indirectly the business model). There are many attempts to distribute pico-solar and plug & play kits through so-called smart partnerships (or so-called piggy-backs). Like Total is doing in Burkina and many…"
May 24, 2013
Martin van Dam replied to Oliver Kynaston's discussion Can PicoSolar ever be truly Plug-and-Play?
"Dear Cindy, thanks for sharing your experience. Indeed the Sundaya lighting kits don't serve the bottom of the bottom. For the real bottom, small solar lanterns in the $10 - $15 range become close to accessible. For example Sunking Eco or…"
May 24, 2013
Martin van Dam was featured
May 22, 2013
Martin van Dam replied to Oliver Kynaston's discussion Can PicoSolar ever by truly Plug-and-Play?
"Oliver, I think you are right. My company in Burkina Faso (Smart Energy Services) offers installation service for the Sundaya Ulitium range. The kits are sold in Total filling stations and indeed Total experienced that several clients want the kits…"
May 22, 2013
Martin van Dam replied to Yotam Ariel's discussion Report: The challenge of selling to consumers at the BoP
"Thanks for sharing Yotam, very interesting!"
May 1, 2013
Martin van Dam was featured
Mar 4, 2013
Martin van Dam replied to Abu Nayeem's discussion Should the long-term effects of solar-household system be detrimental?
"Dear Abu, I don't agree with you at all about your assumption that "there is no energy savings associated with purchasing an energy efficient product in the future". A SHS demands high investment costs and households capable of paying…"
Mar 4, 2013
Martin van Dam replied to Yotam Ariel's discussion Burkina Faso now has 0% import tax and VAT on solar products!
"That's indeed a good question and I would love to know what's the legal answer. Just 2 personal experiences though. In Mali, solar has been tax-exempted since 2009 or 2010. I worked in Senegal in 2011 and we imported solar panels and…"
Jan 14, 2013
Martin van Dam was featured
Jan 14, 2013
Martin van Dam replied to Yotam Ariel's discussion Burkina Faso now has 0% import tax and VAT on solar products!
"I know someone who is expecting a container with solar products by the end of this month. I'll keep you posted on the reality."
Jan 14, 2013

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Name of your company or organization
Smart Energy Services
Role(s)
Consultant, Product distributor, Product retailer
Region
Africa
Website
http://ses-faso.com
Facebook page:
http://https://www.facebook.com/sesfaso
Twitter ID:
http://@vdammartin
LinkedIn Profile:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/vdammartin

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