13 Residential Solar Systems for Habitat for Humanity Houses in Dallas

September 21, 2011 § 2 Comments

To demonstrate the power of the Texas sun and the potential of solar energy as a big part of our energy supply, SES 21 USA has joined with Habitat for Humanity, Bosch Solar Energy, and Schletter Mounting Systems to make a great charity project come true.

13 Habitat for Humanity houses in Dallas are going to receive free solar energy systems on their roofs. The complete solar energy system consists of four panels and are estimated to produce about 1291 kWh of free electricity annually. Customers of SES 21 USA who have used Bosch Solar Energy panels on their installs in the Dallas / Fort Worth area told us that the power output is quite likely to be 10 to 20 percent higher than the estimation.

During a first educational evening 13 families were provided information about solar energy in general and how solar systems could help reduce their electricity bills.

The installation is scheduled to take place shortly.

Chet Boortz, CEO of SES 21 USA, commented

It’s a privilege to work in cooperation with an organization the stature of Habitat for Humanity.  Dallas Habitat does such outstanding work and builds these homes to exacting efficiency standards.  The addition of even small-scale grid-tied PV systems provides meaningful savings to homeowners that often pay the highest electricity rates in deregulated retail markets.   It’s a perfect fit.

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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…

Howdy Folks!! Welcome to Texas’ good neighbor policy

July 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

 . . . raining SOx, NOx, coal soot, and mercury on its neighboring states!

Political leaders and utility insiders in Texas are pounding the EPA once again.  In the wake of an anti government biennium legislative session and in the glow of the governor’s presidential aspirations, there is not much hope for protecting the environment in Texas or even in Texas’ neighboring states.  So, eat our soot Oklahoma and Louisiana.  Are you surprised? 

Simply stated, The EPA is concerned that some of the dirtiest coal-fired plants in Texas not only are fouling the air in the Lone Star State but also are sending their toxic message to downwind neighbors: Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.  If this is the case, then the EPA has regulations that would require these plants to install equipment to reduce emissions. 

Not surprisingly, Texas politicians and businesses are not happy with the thought of spending money to employ yesterday’s scrubber technology to clean Texas’s dirty coal-fired plants.  According to news reports, lobbyists for Luminant, the wholesale power generation unit of Energy Future Holdings, are complaining that this regulation may trigger the closure of four antique coal-fired plants.

Martin Lake coal-fired plant

Martin Lake coal-fired plant

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Panic . . . business leaders apparently don’t like clean air either and are worried the price of electricity may increase.  Oh no.  Republicans and Democrats are complaining to Washington that the EPA should protect business not those of us that breathe air for living, and of course, our misnamed TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) with its three commissioners carefully selected by the governor whine that EPA decisions punish Texas.  Punish?  Really?

STOP!!  TEXAS, are you there?  Have you had enough?  It’s time to take a stand!

  • Governor, PUCT, TCEQ, Texas businesses; you are wrong.  The people of Texas are more interested in a clean air than cheap and dirty energy.  Just try asking.
  • TCEQ . . . honestly, consider resigning.
  • Texas politicians . . . who are your constituents?  Dirty air is not a political ideology.
  • Energy Future Holdings . . . is this our energy future – dirty, antiquated coal-fired plants? 
  • EPA . . . thank you . . . our children need a voice in this fight.

Citizens of Texas . . . what’s up?  

It was the 4th of July . . . now it’s time to act independently.  Install a small-scale solar electricity system on your home or business and retire those dirty coal plants with your own actions.  The governor and the state legislature do not make it easy, but they cannot stop you.  Take a stand for clean energy . . . one home, one business at a time.

A grid-tied solar electricity system is affordable, it’s economic, and it’s scalable.  A small-scale solar electricity system works just fine.  No fuel, no water, no noise, no moving parts, no emissions.  Your solar electricity system will last 30 to 40 years.

Say no to Texas insiders; say yes to a clean sustainable energy future . . . just a little at a time.  Do not wait on assistance or inspiration from your politicians.  They are busy.
Chet Boortz, CEO

SES21USA, LLC

[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.]

TXU starts prepaid electricity service!! Oh, what terrific news!

June 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Pop art Portrait of Rick Perry

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This must be the innovation and positive impact of competitive forces that Texans were promised in 2002 when Governor Perry and his very own PUCT (Public Utility Commission of Texas) deregulated IOU’s (investor owned utilities) in Texas and when the TPUC discarded the North Texas TXU franchise by allowing it to be sold to a private equity consortium (KKR, TPG, and Goldman Sachs).

Hey, good work Governor Perry, TPUC, Energy Future Holdings, and private equity smart guys.  It was so boring and old fashion with Dallas Power & Light.  They just sat there.  Now we have exciting REP’s (retail electric providers) that offer consumers choice (i.e., power to choose).

TXU, our once proud franchise utility, has joined the throngs of predatory REP’s in Texas.  It’s business in Texas.  What a great idea and income opportunity . . . let’s use electricity service to exploit low-income families, the elderly, and customers with poor credit.

Now, the least fortunate electricity consumers actually have no choice in Texas: they can prepay their electricity with a large deposit, or they can prepay their electricity with a large prepayment.  It’s power to choose in a perverse manner.

TXU argues that the plan gives TXU the ‘ability’ to serve customers that don’t qualify for standard service because of bad credit.  Really?  No ability without a predatory plan?

Also . . . ‘customers want this service because they can pay as much on their electricity bills, when they choose to do so.’  OK now I understand, you can pay your electricity bill (at a higher electricity rate) several times a week or month instead of a normal billing cycle . . . now that’s very convenient.

In addition, with ‘smart meters’ TXU can put their low profile customers in the dark at any time of day when their ‘prepayment’ is expended.  Awesome.

Maybe municipally owned Dallas Water Utilities is watching . . . they can do the same thing.  Prepay your water bill and sanitary sewer service – another convenience for low-income families!

TEXAS . . . honestly, have you had enough? 

Begin to separate yourself from our ‘power to choose’ retail electricity providers.  Install a PV solar system on your home or business.  Produce a portion of your own electricity.  Hedge your electricity bills, and distance yourself from the usual cast of inside players.

PV is available now, it’s affordable and economic, it’s scalable (any size system works fine), and your investment in PV increases the value of your home or business.  Learn more, and join the solar movement.

You will have no regrets.  It’s time to make a move.  Light from light . . . cool energy.

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.]

Texas electricity consumers purchasing MORE renewable energy . . .

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

but, the Texas House seeks MORE confrontation with the EPA 

The Governor and his lobbyists-inspired legislators keep telling us what Texans want, but they never really ask nor listen to their Texas constituents.  What’s up?  Well, we know about politics, safe districts, campaign finance, primaries, presidential aspirations, and dogma in Austin.

Here is something we also know.  In America and in Texas, a citizen’s best opportunity to be heard is to speak through his or her choices and spending.  Economic decisions are a far better indication of ‘what Texans want’ than twisted and self-serving political spin from Austin.

On May 13, 2011, ERCOT (the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas) reported that Texas electricity customers chose to buy 30% more renewable power in 2010 than in 2009.  Interesting? 2010 was not a spectacular year . . . recession, unemployment, low-income, falling home prices, cheap electricity . . . and yet, 30% more Texans chose renewable energy as their source of electricity.

Renewable Energy Increase in % - 2009 2010

Renewable Energy Increase in % - 2009 2010

Let’s dial up our legislators in Austin.  Did anyone notice?  Notice what?

On May 21, 2011, busy Texas House members amidst a host of other pressing issues: state budget, shortfalls, education, healthcare, loser pays all, and of course, concealed handguns in college classrooms, found the time (maybe 30 seconds) to pass 107-34 a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to keep the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases from oil refineries.  Oh, thank goodness!  What a worry.

The resolution also urges the EPA not to interfere with emissions from gas wells, factories and electricity generating sources (i.e., coal).  Whew, now I feel safe, and I know what I want!

So here is the score: Texas consumers choose more renewable energy, and Texas Legislators choose more status quo and vested interests, that is to say, more SOx, NOx, Mercury, and GHG’s.  What’s up in Texas?  Who is representing whom?

Your real vote in Austin is cast with the choices you make.  The legislators in Austin are not listening to you.  They are very busy with their lobbyists.

As an electricity consumer in Texas, we have alternatives.  We can choose wind power from most electric utilities or REP’s, or we can choose grid-tied solar electricity, large or small, designed to meet any portion of our household electricity load.

Renewable energy in Texas is a bottom up, ground swell movement; one consumer, one house, and one business at a time.  It’s affordable, it’s economic; it’s here all over Texas; and it’s growing each year.

Do not wait on Austin.  Just do it!

Chet Boortz, CEO

SES 21 USA

[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 Fest San Antonio

May 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

This weekend, we went down to San Antonio to exhibit at this year’s Solar Fest.

SolarFest San Antonio - SES 21 USA booth

Solar Fest San Antonio! a 100% renewable energy powered event

The show was premier for our 16 foot demo roof. Displaying a complete Schletter mounting system and Schott Solar as well as Bosch Solar Energy modules, the demo-roof offers a great way to see and touch components of a solar PV installation. Visitors could touch inverters (KACO blueplanet xi-series) and learn about our brand new standardized PV solar systems for residential slanted roofs.

Additionally, we brought a Schletter WS WindSafe Roof-Top Rack System for Flat Roofs (picture: left).

Thanks to the whole team of volunteers from Solar San Antonio!

Hope to see you soon at the next solar event!

Are you a pecan tree domiciled in Texas? . . . you might consider relocating!

February 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Associated Press - In this photo taken Dec. 15, 2010, dead pecan trees on Harvey Hayek's ranch are shown as stacks from the Fayette Power Project stand in the background in Ellinger, Texas.

Multiple news sources reported this week on the slow but certain death of a 3,000 tree pecan orchard in Ellinger, Texas, a particularly lovely region of Texas with pastures, creeks, hills, and trees sixty miles southeast of Austin. 

 The orchard is located in what has become over years a dead zone – a vegetative wasteland.  Pecan grower Harvey Hayek describes the area as: ‘dead, dead, dead’.  The orchard that once produced 200,000 pounds of pecans produced only 8,000 pounds this year.

The consensus among locals, botanists, and plant pathologists is that the cause of this destruction is SO2 toxicity from the next door Fayette Power Plant, a coal-fired power plant that has operated for thirty years without equipment designed to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions.  What?

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) reports that the coal plant is ‘not the likely cause’.  The plant operates under a state permitting program that was disapproved by the EPA last June.  Rather than comply, Texas has sued the EPA over the permitting process.

It seems that the incidence of vegetative kill zones and SO2 from coal plants is not unique to this orchard.  Similar episodes are reported across Central Texas and the South.  Texas leads the nation with 19 coal powered plans (mostly brown lignite coal) with three more under development. 

In its mission statement, the TCEQ states:

The TCEQ strives to protect our state’s human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development.  Our goal is clean air, clean water, and safe management of waste. 

Well, that’s simple enough.  There is nothing about pecan trees.  Nice job TCEQ.

The governor has stated repeatedly that Texans want cheap energy.  Really?  Is it that simple? 

On the night of his reelection and the eve of his presidential campaign book tour: Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington the governor remarked that Americans have spoken, and they do not want any more feel good policies.  Really?

Well governor, here is what we want in Texas: a slice of Texas pecan pie with a scope of Blue Bell homemade vanilla ice cream and common sense environmental protections to keep our pecan orchards and cows safe from SO2

After all, the pecan tree is the state tree of Texas!

Don’t mess with Texas?  Well, don’t wait on Texas either.  Make a difference with your own roof top PV system today.  It is affordable, and it is economic.  Just do it.

Chet Boortz, CEO

SES 21 USA

[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.]

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