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.

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.]

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.

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

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

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…

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