It’s back to school

August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Solar powered School Zone flashing light warni...

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Welcome back students, now turn out the lights

It’s been a long hot and dry summer in Texas.  While the students were away the miracle Governor, in the face of a $27B Texas budget deficit, cut $4B from school districts over the 2 year biennium period.

This is the first decrease in student spending in Texas since WW II . . . larger classes, fewer teachers and administrative positions, fewer school buses, less maintenance.

Get used to it kids!  This is Texas.  And, by the way, turn up the thermostat and turn out the lights.  The much celebrated ‘deregulated’ Texas utilities forgot to plan on your electricity supply.

So, what’s up?  Texas has deregulated it utilities.  We need more power generation. Where is the free market response?  The free market has responded: no thanks Texas schoolchildren.

This is what happens when you separate power generation from power consumption.  This is why regulated utilities are assured a fair rate of return on their capital investment.  This is why regulated utilities plan ahead and build adequate electricity generation capacity.

Texas has an abundance of sun light.  Let’s put that renewable energy to work for Texas schools.  Most schools have vast amounts of available roof space perfectly situated for grid-tied solar photovoltaic power generation.

Over a long-term period of time, a small fee on Texas consumers electricity bills could finance solar systems on public schools that would provide some (say 20%+/-) but not all of the schools’ electricity needs.  These systems are on the load side of the meter and a prefect antidote for the recurring rolling brownout issues Texas faces in its energy deprived markets.

During the summer when schools are not in operation, the schools would be a net power generator and sell electricity back into the grid further reducing seasonal stress to the grid.

Solar energy is reliable, affordable, and long-term; it uses no fuel, has virtually no maintenance, no emissions, and no water use.  Solar for schools . . . this is not an original thought.

Solar Panel installation in Pasadena, TX.

A project SES 21 USA has been part of: Solyndra 30kW installation, Pasadena Independent School District, Texas

Read more about this Pasadena School District Project here…

Let’s do something bold TEXAS.  We have the schools, we have the sun light, we have the local electrical contractors, we have the relentless demand; we are the absolute leaders in electricity consumption, we are the Energy State . . . the Lone Star (solar) State.

Let’s take the leadership and by 2025 have a solar installation on every public school in Texas.  It’s a long-term investment in sustainable electricity for our schools.  It’s time.  Light from light.  How perfect is that?

Chet Boortz, CEO

SES21USA, LLC 

[The comments, positions, and opinions stated above are my own and may or may not represent those of SES21USA, LLC and its affiliate companies.]

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Joint Forces for Solar @ Intersolar North America 2011 – YouTube

August 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

As an official sponsor of the Joint Forces for Solar event at Intersolar North America 2011 in San Francisco, we are pleased to share the footage of the panel discussion with you. Joint Forces for Solar is going to host the 4th breakfast briefing and network forum on October 18th, 2011 in Dallas during Solar Power International 2011.

Our CEO and Chet Boortz received an invitation to be a part of a panel discussion on “Expanding Residential Solar Markets”. With a PhD in political economy, 20 years in oil & gas and more than 14 years of experience in solar, Chet is going to add a very unique perspective to the discussion.

Find out more about this and other events of SES 21 USA Solar Energy Solutions during Solar Power International here…

Join us at Solar Power International

Join us at Solar Power International, October 17-20, 2011, Convention Center Dallas Texas

Joint Forces for Solar – Q&A session at Intersolar North America – Youtube

Get started with NABCEP certification

August 18, 2011 § 1 Comment

We are really excited that registration has opened its doors for our next solar training event: Fundamentals of solar PV installation course

This training is geared towards electrical contractors and industry-related professionals. The course starts out with a general overview about the solar industry and how you can jump on the train of USA’s fastest growing industry. Furthermore, attendants will learn about how to select equipment and get to know the different parts of a solar installation. The class includes hands-on sessions where participants can get close to all parts involved in a solar energy installation.


The course is going to be conducted by ImagineSolar, the first and best-known solar training institution in Texas. Attendants will receive a certificate of completion with NABCEP-eligible hours toward NABCEP Certification Program. In addition to that, participants in this solar training course will be eligible to take ImagineSolar NABCEP eligible courses in Solar Design & Installation and Solar PV Technical Sales at a 25% Discount!

On top of that, attendants receive $100 off their first purchase with SES 21 USA. Sounds like a pretty good deal, eh?

Course Details

When

Thu Sept 15, 2011 at 7:45 AM
-to-
Fri Sept 16, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Where

Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Lewisville
785 State Highway 121 Byp
Lewisville, TX 75067

Registration Price Deadline
Early registration $275.00 Aug 31st
Registration $295.00 Sep 12st
Late registration $325.00 Sep 14th

For more information and contact details click here…

Bosch Solar Energy introduces new, free PV app for iPhone and iPad

August 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

  • Calculate the expected energy yield from a Bosch solar power system anywhere in the world
  • Direct contact with wholesaler and Bosch Solar Energy
  • Bosch Solar Friend available to download for free

Bosch Solar Energy now has an app available for iPhone and iPad, which allows users to analyse solar yields just by putting their phone on the roof. This is a great way to give residential and commercial prospects a quick and easy estimation of the economics of a PV solar installation using Bosch Solar Energy products.

Find out about Bosch Solar Panels…

Bosch Solar Friend - iPhone and iPad App

Bosch Solar Friend - iPhone and iPad App | Picture: Bosch Solar Energy

Excerpt from iTunes Store:

Bosch Solar Friend – Seek the sun and start a solar friendship that works worldwide!

Saving energy costs and simultaneously helping to protect the environment – not possible? Think again and look no further than your roof.

The new Bosch Solar Friend helps you analyze your rooftop conditions and determine the best system for solar power generation at any location worldwide.

Bosch Solar Friend makes it really easy to estimate the average annual energy yield that can be expected when installing Bosch solar modules on your rooftop. Simply align your iPhone with your roof, and you are done – all relevant parameters are automatically determined using the internal functions of your iPhone (like compass and GPS). For comparison with other locations, a manual input is possible as well.

By additionally specifying your roof size and the operation time of the system, you will also get information on the ideal number of modules, the overall energy yield over operation time, the total earnings for your country (depending on your FiT´s) and the amount of CO2 saved by your photovoltaic system.

There is more: the Bosch Solar Friend also leads you directly to special sales contacts, shows references of Bosch Solar Energy projects and helps you contact Bosch via website, telephone and Facebook.

NOTE: The use of Bosch Solar Friend is not intended to replace a detailed planning procedure by a qualified installer. Special local environment conditions such as trees, buildings and other shadowing obstacles may alter the actual possible energy yield. The given revenue data represent approximate values for shadow-free systems.

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Bosch Solar Energy and SES 21 USA:

We are proud to be an exclusive distributor for Bosch Solar Energy products here in the United States.

Texas grid operator ERCOT ‘at war’ with hot temperatures. Really . . . it’s a Texas summer!

August 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Deregulated utilities open the door for distributive solar PV generation.

OK, it’s very hot in July & August, but why is Texas always on the cusp of rolling blackouts? Can it be that our deregulated utilities respond to profit better than public signals? Should we rename the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) the Profit Utility Commission of Texas ($$UCT)?

Electricity demand and high temperature in Texas, August 2011

Electricity demand and high temperature in Texas, August 2011 - Greentech media - EIA

Remember the three R’s of regulated utilities: Resilient, Reliable, and Redundant. When an electric utility needed more generation, it simply built a new power plant with state of the art technology. The cost was included in the utility’s rate base, the return on capital was set by authentic public utility commissioners, and capital was abundant. Perfect.

But, not good enough for Texas. Now, the lobbyists and politicians have dismembered our proud electric utilities and chunked the pieces to the ‘competitive’ markets and private equity guys in the case of Dallas’ Energy Future Holdings (EFH).

Now it’s not so simple to build a power plant. Who is going to purchase the electricity and at what price? The retail bone has been disconnected from the power generation bone. Without assurance of a steady source of repayment, who is going to provide the capital for a free-standing power plant? Apparently, no one.

So, with temperatures soaring and the inadequacies of our deregulated and stand alone T&D grid in full view; what do you think will happen next? Electricity rates going down . . . probably not! This is a perfect time to invest in distributive solar PV electricity as a partial solution to this country’s unabated electricity demand. Electricity from light energy . . . how cool is that!

Grid-tied solar PV is an ideal energy resource to offset peak electricity demand on the grid. If you are a business or homeowner consider just 20% of your electrical load from solar PV. PV system prices are down 40% since 2009. It’s a long-term economic investment that will add to the value of your home or business now!

A PV system may produce power for 40 years or more. It uses no water, uses no fuel, no moving parts, no emissions, no noise, it does not eat anything, it does not need a college fund . . . it just sits there generating electricity day in and day out. When it’s over someday . . . just recycle.

AMERICA . . . it’s time to take some positive and independent steps. Do not wait on your politicians for anything. They are busy with lobbyists. They have work to do.

Distributive PV generation is a ground swell, bottom up movement; get onboard and make a difference for yourself and your community. It’s time.

Chet Boortz, CEO

SES 21 USA, LLC

[The comments, positions, and opinions stated above are my own and may or may not represent those of

SES21USA, LLC and its affiliate companies.]

DOE guarantees financing for 733 MW of rooftop installations . . . perfect!

August 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Seal of the United States Department of Energy.

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But wait, it’s not for you . . . it’s a big win for the big players.

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week conditional loan guarantees totaling $1,400,000,000 for 750 warehouse roofs.  Should we be happy?  Well, I am not exactly thrilled.

Here’s the deal.

Project Amp . . . a consortium of large cap players: NRG Energy, Prologis, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.

  • NRG is one the largest wholesale power generation companies in the U.S.  Its portfolio includes 24,000MW of nuclear, coal, natural gas, wind, and utility-scale solar generation.
  • Prologis is a leading owner, operator, and developer of industrial real estate (warehouses) in America.
  • We know about Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.

NRG and Prologis will own the solar projects and receive cash grants or ITC and accelerated depreciation.  NRG Solar undoubtedly will be the sole project contractor, and apparently, the big banks need a U.S. government loan guarantee to make secured project loans.  Really?

Amazingly, DOE Secretary Chu states:

This unprecedented solar project . . . will help us meet the SunShot goal of competitive solar power with other forms of energy by the end of the decade.

Please Mr. Secretary, do we really need to wait eight more years to declare something that is within reach today?  Why are you feeding the big fish instead of homeowners across America?

So, as solar enthusiasts, we cheer solar projects of any size and description.  But still . . .

What if instead of Project Amp, the Secretary had announced a loan guarantee program for 366,000 2kW home solar systems (733MW/2kW = 366,000).  At $1,400,000,000, this would be a loan guarantee of $3,800 per home or about 50% of the after PTC costs.  Perfect!

If resources are limited, should we spread the benefit to a larger community of owners and contractors?

For 366,000 2kW home solar systems, imagine the number of homeowner solar advocates, local contractors (jobs!), community bank loans, suppliers, and more.

This is how we take solar to the market . . . one home at a time.  Homeowners vote and are policy advocates; warehouses just sit there and are depreciated and sold and resold.  If you want to advance distributive solar energy, begin with homeowners.

Market supply and demand will determine when solar power is competitive.  Indications are that we already are there . . . we do not need to wait until the end of the decade.

Bank of America should learn again how to make a secured project loan.  It’s not that tricky!

Solar is scalable, distributive, affordable, and economic . . . let’s bring it home!

Chet Boortz, CEO

SES 21 USA, LLC

[The comments, positions, and opinions stated above are my own and may or may not represent those of SES 21 USA, LLC and its affiliate companies.]

SES 21 USA supports Solairgen training facility in Georgia

July 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

Nestled in the green foothills of the Smoky Mountains, is our featured grid-tied solar electric system playing a vital role in training future solar installers.

SES 21 USA is proud to announce its support for Solairgen, School of Solar Technology, in Georgia. Solairgen is the only IREC Accredited solar training program in Georgia, that offers a complete program of solar installation and technical sales training towards NABCEP certification.

SES 21 USA provided Solairgen a 1.4 KW solar system with the help of our committed suppliers, Bosch Solar, Kaco Inverters and Schletter Mounting Systems. This system features high quality, easy to install solar products which are German engineered and Made in USA.

SES 21 USA and Solairgen are excited to continue working together towards providing high level PV installation training and energizing the solar economy in and around Georgia.

See provided products details here:

Bosch Solar Energy panels
Kaco newenergy inverters
Schletter Mounting Systems

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