Joint Forces for Solar Initiative – 4th Breakfast Briefing in Dallas, TX

November 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

During Solar Power International 2011, SES 21 USA was again a sponsor of the Joint Forces for Solar Initiative.

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.

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As the PV industry scales in size . . .Let’s make a case for a grass roots movement and a local industry

November 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

The news from Solar Power International 2011 in Dallas is that the American market for PV continues to scale in size across all sectors.

Sector 2010 Sector 2010 percentage 2011 projection
Residential

264 MW

30%

19%

Non-Residential

372 MW

42%

27%

Utility

242 MW

28%

54%

Total

878 MW

100%

100%

Source: SEIA/GTM; Solarbuzz

More and more utility-scale is the dominate sector; more and more the non-residential sector is comprised of larger and larger systems completed by project developers; and more and more the residential sector is dominated by large solar lease aggregators that sell their lease contracts to Wall Street tax incented investors.  What about the local installer in local markets?

At SPI 2011, SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) announced that the trade association’s number one political objective in 2011 was a one year extension of the Department of Treasury Section 1603 cash grant program.  This program and the 100% bonus depreciation available through 2011 have helped to skew these market sectors to large players and large-scale systems.

Are these trends to large scale good for the PV industry?  Sure they are!  As an industry, we need all PV sectors to grow and prosper.  And growth in one sector does not need to be at the expense of another sector.

At SPI 2011, I made a presentation entitled:

Small Scale PV for Large Scale Market Penetration

The intent of the presentation was to highlight the inherent attributes of scalable, distributive, grid-tied PV in small-scale residential systems and to make the point that for the PV industry to prosper over a long period, the industry needs advocates – a political base.  Ultimately, that political base is comprised of one homeowner or one small business at a time.

If politics is local, so is the PV industry.

I have attached a copy of my SPI 2011 presentation.

Large Scale PV Market Penetration Through Small Scale 10.11.11 (ppt).

Chet Boortz, CEO

SES21 USA, 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.]

Solar Power Scavenger Hunt – Best of

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.

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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.

SES 21 USA featured in summer issue of Energy Leaders Today

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.

Metin Altay interviewed by Energy Leaders Today

Metin Altay interviewed by Energy Leaders Today - Summer 2011 - Copyright Energy Leaders Today 2011

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.

Energy Leaders Today features SES 21 USA

Chet Boortz, CEO of SES 21 USA - Solar Energy Solutions featured on Energy Leaders Today - Summer 2011 - Copyright Energy Leaders Today 2011

For more information about SES 21 USA, Solar Energy Solutions click here: www.ses21usa.com

It’s back to school

August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Solar powered School Zone flashing light warni...

Solar Powered School Sign - Image via Wikipedia

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.]

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

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