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.

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.

Schott Solar Cells achieve new efficiency records

September 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

The team at Schott Solar have been all fired up about their monocrystalline screen-printed solar cells; and they have reason to be excited with a cell power of 4.92 W.

In 2010 Schott Solar made waves with the world record for a module efficiency of 17.6 percent with their multicrystalline cell concepts.  With more than three years of development and research under their belts they were able to apply their expertise to monocrystalline.

SCHOTT Solar Poly 230W, 235W, 240W

Schott - 230W, 235W, 240W

Utilizing selective emitter technology and passivated rear side contact (PERC) they were able to achieve a cell that is now the world’s first 156 mm x 156 mm screen-printed solar cell with 20.2 percent efficiency. (Laboratory results in conjunction with The Schmid Group from Freudenstadt, Germany)

Schott Solar reports they are energized by these findings and are working on optimizing the manufacturing process for development of highly efficient modules. To follow the progress of Schott Solar’s new cell technology they will be sharing information at The 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC).

Click here to find out more about Schott panels.

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

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.

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.]

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