Thinking about PV Solar for your Home or Business?

September 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

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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

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.]


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.

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.

Solar Design Customized to your Home

July 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

Quite often we get calls at SES 21 USA from homeowners or installers who are struggling with some design issues: what to do about trees that shade or how to handle odd pitched roofs.  A number of times we have seen people assume that they are not candidates for solar and give up quickly on the idea.

Rooftop in South Texas

We recently had a resident call in with a bit of a tricky roof. As you can see in the photo  his roof has many different pitches and the gables which cause shading in the late afternoon.  A roof mount was definitely an option but the installer and customer decided on this ground mount system. The customer had the space for it, unobstructed by trees or other buildings. Plus he can really maximize his ability to produce solar power with this ground mount system. Did we mention the home is in very sunny South Texas!

Here is a photo of the final system designed with Schott 230’s and Kaco inverters!

South Texas Ground Mount

Congrats to the homeowner and the installer for designing such an efficient and practical  source of energy.

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.]

From ingots to solar modules to Canada

June 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

Today, we’re shipping out a delivery of 700 LDK polycrystalline modules to Canada. And this is just the start!
LDK modules are brand new in our brand portfolio. Established in 2005 in China, LDK Solar is a leading producer of solar wafers in terms of capacity and a leading high-purity polysilicon and solar module manufacturer. Complete vertical integration ensures quality control from the solar ingot to the solar module.

LDK Solar - completely vertically integrated - from the ingots to solar modules

Quality and high efficiency are one aspect that make a great module, however that would not be enough to make it into our warehouse. LDK solar modules come with a 25 year performance warranty which is backed by Munich RE, a globally renowned insurance company from Germany.
Today’s shipment:

SES 21 USA distributor for Bosch solar panels

June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

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SES 21 USA recently wrote a Blog about the record-breaking laboratory results of Bosch solar cells. Today, we are happy to share our press release announcing that SES 21 USA is one of two exclusive solar distributors of Bosch solar panels.

To read the full press release follow this link to Solar Plaza: http://tinyurl.com/3gwkt37
For prices or data sheets on Bosch 230’s or Bosch thin-film please contact our sales department:

Metin.Altay@ses21usa.com

972-428-3530

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