We have three bulk module deals confirmed that will be 3 of the best value deals in the USA. 

It is always my goal, as most people know, to buy modules at the lowest possible price so that we can resell them at what is often, a mind blowing unbelievable $/W price.

We were offered a lot of deals at SPI two weeks ago. Right now we have about 50 of them. Louis and I have chosen the best 3 out of everything that was offered to us at SPI. Our choice was based on the following:

1. Made in America

2. Free shipping

3. Quality: brand name, reputation, high wattage, and efficiency.

4. If the seller’s character and personality is someone we could work well with in the long run i.e. David Katz, Bern Stewart, Alan King, etc.

Right now Louis is compiling the list of all 50 of them but we will highlight these three in the next newsletter. We will send it to you this Wed.

Make sure you subscribe at the top of our home page if you haven’t.

Thank you.

JK

SPI

The PV industry was throwing tons of money away at the show.

Even Sunelec was throwing money away at the show! The only difference between us and the module mfrs., was ours was fake. Scrunched up $50 bills on one side, an ad on the other. (I had a great time).

The prices quoted were cost and below cost. SolarWorld and Kyocera (who was a no-show) were some of the few I knew who refused to bend over.

I may be wrong, (but probably not) I’m too old, but the cost to make a PV module now is about $.43/watt unless your Chinese then maybe .39. The, unbelievably still falling prices being quoted were .45 per container and .40 for Farms (25 to hundreds of containers). They can’t even lower the price more than a fraction of a cent if you buy a thousand containers vs 25 containers. 

The PV mfrs. have painted themselves into a corner.

It won’t take more than a breeze to knock them down. There are mountains of stranded inventory everywhere. Unless your selling solar farms you out of the running. And that’s just buying the mfrs. time, I think. After 30 years everyone is still trying to buy market share in the future. What a cruel business. 

The solar farm developers are making a return on investment of approx. 15% I was told. They are keeping every industry module mfr. alive. 

Hmmm I sure hope I know what I’m doing and saying here, but I’m trying to be honest.

Jk

Solar farms 90, solar homes 10.

When you hear stories about how the industry is increasing by 7,000% a year, they’re talking about Farms not residential uses.

Don’t get me wrong, sun’s sales are 99.999%  residential and .001% farms.

But it’s a fun business for us. Most likely, because we have multiple domestic and international warehouses, a system design team, a huge dealer/distributor  (distribulator) network and a mailing list of well over 250,000 solid buyers, I think.

Plus I’m a hardcore solar addict who can’t stop myself from talking about it. I’ll talk to anyone who will listen or especially the people who own a system or are in the business. There are tens of thousands of guys just like me, all over the world. Probably hundreds of thousands because anyone who owns a solar electric home is as dopped up as much or more than I am on the stuff. I even talk to myself. I’ll be blabbing away on my phone and there’s no one there, my battery ran out 25 min ago. Oh yeah and I answer the phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for almost half a century.

Look what time it is, 1:14 on a Saturday night, it could be Christmas for all I know. And thats nothing, it could easily be 4 in the morning. Just ask my staff what time they get my emails and texts, it’s like I’m on some kind of crack laced with goofball hashish.

Why can’t we all just get along?

We could of, if the government hadn’t forced American companies to build PV modules. We coulda just let the Chinese do it. Yeah that’s the ticket, let the Americans lose a fortune making solar panels and force the Chinese to stop and save themselves from billions in losses. Stupid Washington. 

You know I worked there for 5 years, right on the hill (hill of beans nowadays), right? Anyway, I couldn’t wait to leave. The feminist movement was bad enough to put up with (damned if you were a gentleman and damned if you weren’t)   but alot of the people who worked there were so proud of their rank you couldn’t even converse with them unless you were their level. 

This is bad, but I have always felt most of the people in that city were defective. We’d all be better without most of them. 

My bosses and most of their staff were awesome: U.S. CONGRESSMAN MORRIS K. UDALL (AZ.) and U.S. CONGRESSMAN GEORGE E. BROWN, JR., (CA.). There are a few good politicians, at least back then. My father was one of the best in Arizona. 

Jk

It’s a tie!

There’s a 50/50 chance that this election could be a new lease on life for the solar electric industry.

Problem is that the exact opposite is true as well. 

First Solar displayed a thin film module at SPI with an efficiency of 17%.

That’s amazing! 

If only it didn’t cause cancer. 
It’s got some nasty chemicals in it, according to the government, but can you trust them? I have to wonder. It has to be “properly disposed of”, and First Solar guarantees it will be, whatever, what exactly are they saying, or whatever does that really mean, who really knows. I can’t trust anybody or anything to be logical these days. Spock must be rolling over in his grave every day. 

Sunelec’s blog.

If I had more time I’d publish comments and make it like other blogs. Initiating technical discussions is really good, but slipping in attacks against “Other” solar companies and “whoever”, along with tons of extremely helpful technical advice is a snake in the grass. And like Google reviews, just try to defend yourself or get it deleted. Sorry Charlie, Starkist only wants everyone to think the host is qualified to sell solar.

John. 

I agree I’m a hypocrite, but it’s the truth and aren’t we all.