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.

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.]

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…

Texas grid operator ERCOT ‘at war’ with hot temperatures. Really . . . it’s a Texas summer!

August 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Deregulated utilities open the door for distributive solar PV generation.

OK, it’s very hot in July & August, but why is Texas always on the cusp of rolling blackouts? Can it be that our deregulated utilities respond to profit better than public signals? Should we rename the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) the Profit Utility Commission of Texas ($$UCT)?

Electricity demand and high temperature in Texas, August 2011

Electricity demand and high temperature in Texas, August 2011 - Greentech media - EIA

Remember the three R’s of regulated utilities: Resilient, Reliable, and Redundant. When an electric utility needed more generation, it simply built a new power plant with state of the art technology. The cost was included in the utility’s rate base, the return on capital was set by authentic public utility commissioners, and capital was abundant. Perfect.

But, not good enough for Texas. Now, the lobbyists and politicians have dismembered our proud electric utilities and chunked the pieces to the ‘competitive’ markets and private equity guys in the case of Dallas’ Energy Future Holdings (EFH).

Now it’s not so simple to build a power plant. Who is going to purchase the electricity and at what price? The retail bone has been disconnected from the power generation bone. Without assurance of a steady source of repayment, who is going to provide the capital for a free-standing power plant? Apparently, no one.

So, with temperatures soaring and the inadequacies of our deregulated and stand alone T&D grid in full view; what do you think will happen next? Electricity rates going down . . . probably not! This is a perfect time to invest in distributive solar PV electricity as a partial solution to this country’s unabated electricity demand. Electricity from light energy . . . how cool is that!

Grid-tied solar PV is an ideal energy resource to offset peak electricity demand on the grid. If you are a business or homeowner consider just 20% of your electrical load from solar PV. PV system prices are down 40% since 2009. It’s a long-term economic investment that will add to the value of your home or business now!

A PV system may produce power for 40 years or more. It uses no water, uses no fuel, no moving parts, no emissions, no noise, it does not eat anything, it does not need a college fund . . . it just sits there generating electricity day in and day out. When it’s over someday . . . just recycle.

AMERICA . . . it’s time to take some positive and independent steps. Do not wait on your politicians for anything. They are busy with lobbyists. They have work to do.

Distributive PV generation is a ground swell, bottom up movement; get onboard and make a difference for yourself and your community. It’s time.

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

SES21USA, LLC and its affiliate companies.]

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