I just wrote this ad. Let me know what you think.
China, is now about the only source on the planet for small 12 volt modules with or without Chinese cells. We’re lucky they’re still around. The Chinese and American PV industry and consumers really got hurt by our Department of Commerce’s decision to put a 250% tariff on imported Chinese cells. Almost two hundred factories are now bankrupt, tens of thousands of Americans and Chinese have lost their jobs. Luckily you can still find fairly priced small modules, at least for awhile. Your 98¢/Watt pricing below is pretty good considering a Solar World or a Kyocera small 12 volt module sells for more than $2.00/Watt.
The 68¢/watt Sharp 250 B deal wasn’t easy to come by. It’s a pretty good price as well, considering a normal Sharp 250’s average discount price is $1.35/watt (Wholesale Solar price.)
We never gave up on getting a good deal out of Sharp Solar, it took approx. 5 years to get it. In fact all of the people we originally worked with, don’t even work there anymore.
Back to the Department of Commerce. You know it’s funny but were you aware that Helios, Suniva, and Sunpower, are the only significant crystalline PV module manufacturers left in the U.S. ? (Kyocera and Sharp are Japanese and, as incredible as it is, Solar World is German, so you can’t count any of them.) The bottom line however, is these are good solid companies and hopefully the governments, in all countries, will wake up and give the same general support the Chinese Government gives to its PV manufacturing industry. At the least, the U.S. Government should offer it’s PV manufacturers the same value of help in the form of incentives and subsidies it gives to the oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy industry. Is there any reason why not?
What the Department of Commerce did to the Chinese PV industry was just plain gutless and ignorant or very suspicious. It hurt nearly everyone in the industry and helped a select few U.S. owned PV manufacturers, 3 to be exact. Instead of reacting with the carrot (cooperation with China to even the field) they just took out a club and beat them to death.
A perfect example of what should have been done is in Japan. Japan’s PV factories are getting the right kind of solution. Intelligent and positive government and support. The people overwhelmingly demanded clean solar electricity over nuclear after their utility’s nuclear disaster. They instituted a new feed in tariff and their PV factories are now all running 24 hours a day and producing a solid profit of around 20%. The price of a 40 ft. container in Japan is approx. 80¢/watt compared to around 65¢/watt in the U.S. where factories run at a fraction of their full capacity and never made a profit in their entire history. And now they face decreased governmental incentives on the federal, state and local utility levels.
In the U.S., instead of building a solid foundation for supporting this industry we beat it into the ground. Our chance to do something good is being wasted. With our cannibalistic national debt about to devour us, the last of our money is being wasted on an oversized ineffective self defeating bureaucracy. Unbelievable incentives and subsidies for a dangerous fossil fuel and nuclear energy industry are being increased. Renewable energy incentives are being reduced across the board. Our political parties take turns getting nothing meaningful done and pass the time by taking bribes (campaign donations) from PACS and powerful lobbies to pass their crooked legislation or just pad good legislation with so much pork for private projects. After years of fighting against almost impossible odds to have legislation even get to a vote, is incredible just in itself. What we usually get is so watered down and full of pork it’s not worth much to the American people but plenty to the Political Action Committees (PACS) and the Lobbyists. If we want to change anything we need to know the truth. Try this place www.projectvotesmart and get involved. They can tell you who to write to in Washington D.C. If your like me you probably don’t know all your Representatives but its time we found out.
“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” is ringing in my head. So is the theme song to Mission Impossible. Johnny my 8 year old son is learning to play his Yamaha piano and he plays it constantly, perfectly but constantly and using every single synthesized musical instrument: organ, drums, accordion, in every key A, C, E,… Da.. Da Da Da, Daaa Da Da da da..tedle do teedle de dodle da, da, da, .. da Daaa da. Anyway that’s appropriate too I guess for this blog ending.
I almost forgot, here’s the ad:
DIRECT FROM THE SUN
“THE WORLD’S LOWEST PRICES” “MAKING SOLAR AFFORDABLE”
“WHEN THE POWER GOES DOWN THE SUN COMES UP”
SUN ELECTRONICS, INTERNATIONAL, INC.
SALE ENDS SATURDAY 6/22. ONE WEEK ONLY !
MIAMI 305-536-9917 – PHOENIX 623-849-1338 – JOHN KIMBALL 305-710-9645
THE MINIMUS: SUNELEC 18 VOLT MODULES FOR 12 VOLT CHARGING.
THE GOOD NEWS: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, AND 70 WATTS.
THE BAD NEWS: THEY SELL TOO FAST. LAST LOAD SOLD WAY BEFORE IT ARRIVED. I SUGGEST YOU RESERVE THEM NOW. IT’S A PREPAID DEAL.
ETA IS AUGUST 26 TH.
THE MAXIMUS: SHARP SOLAR ELECTRIC MODULES.
THE GOOD NEWS: 250 WATTS
BY PALLETS OF 22
OR ANY QUANTITY
100% MADE IN USA, IEC (TESTED TO 1000 VOLTS), B GRADE.
POSITIVE ONLY POWER TOLERANCE OF +5% ! WARRANTY 2O YRS.
LIFETIME 30 TO 40 YEARS.
THE BAD NEWS : THERE ISN’T ANY.
THE MAXIMUS II : SUNELEC SOLAR ELECTRIC MODULES.
THE GOOD NEWS: 250 WATTS.
BY CONTAINERS OF 154 PCS.
IN STOCK, IN BONDED WAREHOUSE IN MIAMI.
ASSEMBLED IN USA, POSITIVE ONLY POWER TOLERANCE OF +5% !
LIFETIME 30 TO 40 YEARS.
THE BAD NEWS: THEY HAVE HIGH QUALITY CHINESE CELLS.
MAXIMUS THE III : SUNELEC REFRIGERATOR/FREEZERS
THE GOOD NEWS : $648 EACH
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THE PROBLEM ? FAN DIDN’T HAVE A UL LABEL.
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READY JULY 15TH.
DISPLAY – FREEZER OR REFRIGERATOR – REFRIG./FREEZER
12 OR 24 VOLTS, APPROX. 9 CU. FT. EACH.
NEEDS APPROX. ONE BATTERY AND A 130 WATT PANEL.
40TH Year In Solar
Sun Electronics Int., Inc..
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Don’t hesitate to call me anytime. I will help resolve any problem you have.
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