November 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
Solar installers from all over the country had a chance to listen to latest solar energy industry news and trends provided by EUPD Research and representatives of the industry. Among the panelists, Chet Boortz, our CEO. With a strong background in the Texan market and a clear understanding where this market should head in order to demonstrate a secure business environment for existing and new solar installers, Chet Boortz was able to present Texas as one of the leading solar energy markets of the future. Stressing the importance of the development of residential and small commercial installations, Chet Boortz re-enforced the goal of SES 21 USA: Being a partner in a growing solar energy industry in Texas and the United States.
The pictures below are a courtesy of Joint Forces for Solar Initiative.
October 20, 2011 § 2 Comments
A big thank you goes out to all participants in this year’s Solar Power Scavenger Hunt and our partners who made this fun activity possible. Special thanks go out to Kaco newenergy, Trina Solar and Schletter Mounting Systems for providing the grand prize: a 1,380Wp residential PV System. Additionally a big thanks goes out to Joint Forces For Solar and EUPD Research for donating the Solar Installer Monitor Research Report. We are going to announce the winners shortly.
Here’s a quick selection of great pictures taken at our booth.
September 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Good idea … now, consider these additional ticklers.
If you have been following this industry you know that solar PV component prices are down 60% in the last two years. Never has there been a more compelling time to consider a grid-tied PV system for your home or business.
PV systems are an affordable and economic investment now — yes now! In addition to perfect timing, consider these additional benefits for grid-tied PV systems:
Avoided costs . . . a tax benefit for homeowners. As a homeowner with a grid-tied PV system, you will purchase less electricity from your utility. You will avoid that additional cost. OK. Since you pay for electricity with after tax income, your PV benefit, for investment comparison purposes, is properly measured in before tax income.
For instance, if you save $30 a month with your PV system and you are in a 28% marginal tax bracket, your before tax equivalent savings is $30/(1-.28) or $41.66. It takes $41.6 of before tax income to pay $30 to an electric utility. This is the proper monetary measure of the PV benefit for a homeowner. Caution: this does not apply if your lease your PV system.
No increase is property taxes. In most jurisdictions, the capital investment of a PV system for your house will not increase the assessed value of your home or you annual property taxes. Quite the opposite for a kitchen remodel or swimming pool!
Grid-tied PV systems are scalable. 2kW is as efficient as 5kW or 20kW. So start small. You can always add to your PV system at a later date. A PV system equal to 15% to 20% of your electricity consumption is perfect and costs well less than $10k. You do not need 25 panels or a $25k investment. For home or business . . . go small.
A grid-tied PV system will increase the value of your home or business. Of course it will; your PV system is virtually maintenance free and lowers the cost of operation.
For a home, a recent Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report affirms a 20:1 value ratio: that is, the value of your home increases 20 times the first year savings. Spend $6,000 to save $300 a year: 20 x $300 = $6,000. Payback? It’s done! Caution: this does not apply if your lease your PV system.
For a business, reduced operating expenses equal increased NOI. Business are valued at a multiple of NOI . . . the increase in value is automatic.
PV systems are a very long term investment! Most PV panels are warranted to 80% of rated power performance after 25 years, but these panels can last for 40 years or more! Think about it. 2051 and you still are producing a lot of electricity. Can you imagine? A grid-tied PV system of any size is a terrific hedge against rising electricity costs.
Environmental attributes . . . Light from light. PV systems are sustainable and renewable . . . no fuels, no water, no emissions, and no noise. How do you measure the value of clean air over 40 years or more? Ask your children, not your politicians!
Chet Boortz, CEO
[The comments, positions, and opinions stated above are my own and may or may not represent those of SES 21 USA and its affiliate companies.]
- Solar Power Adds Value To Properties (energyrefuge.com)
- Cost of Home Solar Dropped Significantly in 2010, 2011 (scienceblog.com)
August 29, 2011 § 1 Comment
In late spring Energy Leaders approached us, if we would be available for an interview regarding Ignite Solar’s project for Pasadena School District, Texas.
Metin Altay, Director of Sales and Marketing here at SES 21 USA had a good share in making this project come true and so we were pleased to share this success story of a perfect synergy between a solar wholesale distributor and solar installers.
Read the complete article about the project and Metin Altay’s interview on page 42-43.
So while we were talking to the editors, they found out about Chet’s desk, our CEO’s blog. Chet has a PhD in political economy, 20 years of experience in oil & gas and has switched to the solar industry 14 years ago. With his background and broad knowledge about the industry, markets and technologies, he is definitely of value to a lot of readers of our PV solar energy blog. Therefore we are really happy to see him being featured on Energy Leaders Today.
For more information about SES 21 USA, Solar Energy Solutions click here: www.ses21usa.com
August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
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.
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
[The comments, positions, and opinions stated above are my own and may or may not represent those of SES21USA, LLC and its affiliate companies.]
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.
- Sponsorship: Joint Forces for Solar Initiative at Intersolar North America (ses21usa.wordpress.com)
- Intersolar North America 2011 Experiences Most Successful Event (prnewswire.com)
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?
Thu Sept 15, 2011 at 7:45 AM
Fri Sept 16, 2011 at 5:30 PM
Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Lewisville
785 State Highway 121 Byp
Lewisville, TX 75067
|Early registration||$275.00||Aug 31st|
|Late registration||$325.00||Sep 14th|