Sun Electronics Int., Inc. was recognized at the 4th Annual International Gathering For The Development of Renewable Energy, November 8th, in Miami, Florida for its promotion of Photovoltaic Energy use though cost reductions for PV modules.
According to John Kimball, the owner of SUN, “We have always trusted in the belief that the best way to spur the growth of PV use was simply, to lower the cost as fast as and as much as possible. By focusing on the people paying the most for electricity, we have accomplished this feat year after year. However we have also taken a totally different approach to PV. We believe its not necessary to only offer a PV module to people with the highest efficiency. All crystalline modules last 30 to 50 years. Instead we have become the largest buyer and distributor in the world of Grade B modules.”
While Sun Electronics offers all major brands of Grade A and B PV modules and kit systems. They have discovered and pioneered market niches for Grade B. These modules have minor cosmetic blemishes practically invisible to the naked eye. They have the same power out put and lifetime as Grade A but cost 30 to 50% less. The industry record show that the average increase in efficiency of PV crystalline modules, since 1984 (30 years) has been approximately 12% to 17%. “The news media has been claiming great strides have been made in increasing module efficiency for years, that’s simply not true says Kimball”. He claims by using Grade B modules and passing on the savings to the consumers he has built up a list of nearly 50,000 customers and followers.
“We have done it by slightly lowering our standards for homeowners, by accepting modules which cannot be accepted for large solar power plants due to overly stringent requirements by lawyers, accountants and bankers.” In addition to that Kimball adds, “We have focused on the areas where the off grid market is good and where the power costs for electric power is high, over $.40/kWhr. 40 is the magic number when its cheaper to install PV rather than connect to the power company. Kimball started in the solar industry in 1973 after finding a solar oven in the desert near the border near his hometown, Tucson. After that he worked for several U.S. Congressmen in Washington, D.C., the Governor of Arizona and several PV manufacturers.
For more information on this story and others on John’s Blog, contact Adam Loucks, E.E., Sun Electronics Int., Inc. 305-710-9645 or Adam @sunelec.com