Professional Pilot, oldest, biggest and the first PV installer in the Fl. Keys. installer of of scores of solar Homes . Inventor, scientist, engineer, father, do it yourselfer, home builder, sexaholic, professional hoarder, solar addict, crazy Argentine, el cheap0, great grandson of Jeorge Newbery the First pilot to fly over the Andes in Argentina, all around super fun guy, owner of 5 solar cars and big solar house in keys with tons of cool stuff aka “junk!” by xwife, experimenter, explosion master, electronics genius ? always laughing, always talking, never shuts up, and driving Rosa my sister in law our warehouse manager nuts! First solar guy I ever met in Miami 30 yrs. ago.
I’m freeeeeeeee! Actually I’m not, but I’ve been working as I travel all over Tucson, and Phoenix. Now that doesn’t sound that great but consider this:
In the last 3 months we have found some “unbelievable” deals, but not nearly as many as before, on PV modules.
I don’t use a computer to do it. I rely on the stars, my intuition, dreams, and my ouiji board and most importantly rap, especially the lyrics of rap music. If America only knew. But no one’s listening I guess, oh Southpark is very inspirational as well as that nut Greg on the comedy news hour on Fox called The Five. Very Funny and those news anchor broads, oh yeahhhhhh, are they hot nowadays or what! Can you imagine your parents watching playboy pinups delivering the news instead of Walter, Roger Mud, or Huntley or Brinkley. We’d be even more screwed up than we already are. Our poor kids. Once the little guys turn 13 the whole screwed up world hits their little hearts and minds like a jackhammer. Be strong dads but never forget your childhood, it’s like ancient cultural beliefs in danger of being lost forever. And, having fun is half the battle.
Save the Alamo of life, shoot to stay FREE and live life to the fullest. That’s not so much advice as it’s common sense. The best goal is everlasting peace and happiness unless, of course, you’ve come up with something better. Shoot for the moon.
I kinda gave up my computer for Lent and come Easter I seem to have decided to continue my compu-fast. Almost 6 months now. I also gave up TV 📺 the great evil 👁! These two things give you everything and nothing at the same time. You can find out anything but they suck the freedom and very life from your heart and mind. Instead I reley totally on my iphones, I have 6. More battery power. Not easy but fun. I wear my phone belts like Pancho Villa (he was an ass…. by the way, just like Che and Hitler) crisscrossed on my chest. I can actually control the entire phone system of every Sunelec office don’t believe me, call, I dare you! 305-322-1086. I’ll probably answer.
To be continued. No I’m not crazy just really happy. It’s not illegal.
A big surprise is coming by the way if your looking for an unbelievable deal on solar power!
And yes I use my computer in my phone, and I watch TV too but a lot less. Just trying to be enjoying life. Trying combining fun and work will do that to you.
Here’s some pictures of me having fun:
HEY ADAM THANKS THE HELP ON MKT.
Fun picks on having fun while you work .
My trips to Phx and Tucson:
The Falcon can dive for its prey at 240 mph!
The mountains were right in the middle of Phx. The photo of the 1.5 billion yr. old rocks right above is the head part of Camel back mountain, the rest of it is only 30 million years old. The temp that morning was about 105F by 4PM it was 118.
The two hotels are Arizona’s best the Arizona Inn in the center of Tucson and for the Biltmore designed by Frank Loyd Wright the pool was Marilyn Monroe’s favorite and the ceilings were gold plated . Both were built about 1927. Summer rates are about $125/night.
Oh and by the way, most of the time I was on the phone. Even in the mountains and wherever I was.
Oh the little guy by the fountain is Lek’s new son. And the other photo of him is with our Phoenix office team Viviana Ariana and James Cook aka Rocket Engineer.
Believe it or not I’m working as hard as ever while doing all this.
“If only we could all just get along.” Rodney King.
“Thanks for putting up with me God.” John
Because of the petition and request by the recently bankrupt PV manufacturers Solar World and Suniva, the World Trade Organization is about to make a decision that will cause the loss of hundreds of thousand of jobs in the PV Industry. Basically it forces all PV manufacturers that don’t manufacture their modules in the USA to raise their minimum $ per watt sales price , when selling in the USA to a whopping $.78 per watt!
The current price per watt for modules in the USA has already increased by approximately 25%, just in the last month. And, it’s still rising.
Solar Farm Developers, Distributors Installers, etc., etc. have bought up almost all the module inventory in the country as of today. This will be only the second time in history that a shortage of this magnitude had ever occurred. The first was in approx. 2005 to 2008. That shortage was due to the huge PV incentives in Europe, and the USA.
SolarWorld and Suniva declared bankruptcy in the last few week’s and are trying to save their skins by going to the bureaucratic idiots in the government sectors, to basically screw everything up in their favor. Everyone knows government is very good and very persistent at sticking their nose into everything they think they know everything about and are making life miserable for more people that they ever help. And, Yes it will help those two USA giant and great PV manufactures but, they are ruining the short term future of PV with their solution , giving them a a near monopoly. They are the USA’s enadangered species of the USA PV Mfr. industry.
We all know It’s China inc, and they have a surplus of cash like no one has seen in Asia ever. But how do you stop them from using their dictatorship from controlling prices. They’ve boldly built 600 PV factories using government money, that ALL LOSE MONEY , just like ours and everyone else’s in the world, so why didn’t the USA 🇺🇸 and the World 🌎 Trade bureaucrats ask for help from us, the employees that have to pay the biggest price for their assumed solutions . Nooooooooo just ask the factories. Conflict of interest times infinity…. “idiots!” (Nappoleon, from Napoleon Dynamite.)
Of course if it happened to us we would have found a way around it too, we would have just moved our factories outside of China just like they did. What did they expect, that they were smarter than the Chinese ? Think 5,000 years made a difference! Idiots!
On the other hand, if we were one of the last two factories we would have appealed to the government, God, anyone who’d listen, if you were faced with suffocation. So Who knows.
“Screw it, just let business go it’s own way naturally”, some say. After all isn’t it bigger and better to let them lose all the money making modules, and just be ready to copy their tecnologhy when the time is right. It will always get bigger.
Frankly aside from all the cheap fall out from the solar farm business we think solar farms are a blight on the natural environment unless you could put them all in one location 🌎 Spreading them around all over is ugly, plain and simple.
Maybe so, maybe not said the wiseman. If we all had to wait 4 hours Avery couple of days for gas or if the pier started blacking out in this heat oh God help us if that happens…CATASTROPHE! Screw the election crap, and every other problem you thought you had it’ll be raining bullfrogs, (if you saw that movie you know how stupid our problems really are. You will have to buy a gun!
GO BUY A 40MW PLANT OF MODULES AND YOU’LL PAY 40 cents a watt right now , its up by 20% In the last month since they started this whole nutty thing. Besides they aren’t there anyway, there’s a major shortage in the USA!
Of course some people will be better than others at finding them but it’s not looking good .
45years in solar
Because God’s in control
a very wise person
This is boring and won’t turn you on:
The Untapped Potential of Energy Efficiency
The safest and the cleanest power plant is the one you don’t have to build.
What is the world’s single most important fuel? (Hint: it is also the energy resource that all countries have in abundance.) The answer to this riddle is energy efficiency, which is sometimes referred to as the “hidden fuel.” That is the powerful message of the Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016, published by the International Energy Agency.
A strong energy efficiency policy is vital to achieving the central policy goals of improving energy security and reducing CO2 emissions as well as air pollution in the most cost-effective way.
More and more countries are discovering that the safest and the cleanest power plant is the one you don’t have to build thanks to higher energy efficiency.
Related Research on ASDReports.com:
Global Module Level Power Electronics (MLPE) Market, Forecast to 2021
Whereas energy policy has traditionally been dominated by a supply-side bias (i.e.: how do we produce more oil, gas, electricity?), policy makers increasingly understand that we need to focus much more on the demand side of the equation (i.e.: how do we consume less energy?)
Over the last 15 years, for example, vehicle use has increased substantially because of economic and population growth. Had efficiency levels not improved, energy demand in IEA countries would have been 12% higher in 2015 than it actually was. In China, the annual savings from higher energy efficiency now equal its renewable supply.
One reason demand-side policy is so underrated is because energy efficiency is not very sexy. It lacks wonderful ribbon-cutting photo-ops for politicians, and it often can mean higher upfront costs that may put off consumers, even if that leads to long-term savings. And yet the important efficiency gains that we have experienced in the last decades have been driven by stronger policies.
Today, a third of the world’s energy consumption is covered by mandatory standards and regulations, compared with just 11% in 2000. Significant progress has been made in the areas of lighting, cars, and space heating, and to a lesser extent,appliances. But there still remains a big potential for improvement since 70% of global energy consumption is not subject to mandatory efficiency standards.
Trucks and electric motors are two key areas where a lot more can be done. Electric motor systems account for more than half of today’s electricity consumption in a range of end-use applications, such as fans, compressors, pumps, vehicles, and refrigerators. In space cooling, 58% of energy consumption has no minimum efficiency standards. Applying average stringency standards would reduce energy needs by 30%.
Mandatory standards are a critical policy instrument to maintain the long-term drive to improve energy efficiency, particularly at a time of lower energy prices that generally dampen the enthusiasm for chasing energy savings. In terms of countries and regions, China and the United States are global leaders, followed by Japan and the European Union.
India, Brazil and Middle Eastern countries have made significant progress since 2000, but are still lagging. The share of Middle Eastern energy consumption covered by mandatory efficiency standards is 15% in 2015, just half the global average. For Middle Eastern oil and gas producing countries, improving energy efficiency would also help expanding their export potential since it would reduce domestic consumption.
Source : International Energy Agency
Not very funny or sexy but interesting, philosophical in a way, I believe. As far as we’ve come in PV we’re forgetting more than ever more about energy conservation and efficiency.
Solar’s just too hot right now.
With progress comes waste I guess. Have you noticed how fast our kitchen trash cans fill up every day. And, all the, non-degradable for hundreds of years, plastic and glass, and oh my God (OMG) the massive amount of perfectly good food and excess crap we buy and bring home from stores only to realize we don’t have enough room to store it in.
Hi again,The island is Manjack Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.
We started with you in 1992, I believe, when you only had a small ad in the classified section of Home Power Magazine. It said something real catchy, like I beat prices. At the time, Real Goods was the top of the market and you beat them. I’ll never forget by how much; Trace DR2436 was $2600 from them and $1100 from you. New definition of beat, old definition of American Capitalism..
So here we are,
Our home, in the center, only has a small array for the Sundanzer and general backup.
The main power production is from the barn, in the rear. Our guest cottage, on the left, has its own array. The picture is a couple of years old so it doesn’t show the latest half dozen Suniva 325 watt panels we got from you last year. We’re on our way down to Miami, next week, to get six or eight more for a new cottage we’re building.
I don’t have a photo of our golf cart with three old 100watt panels on the roof but here’s our motorsailer which doesn’t need a generator.
Good luck planet earth,
This is not a normal solar, renewable or evvionmental newsletter. I try to provide valuable information on these subjects but I also write
1. Simply because it’s fun.
2. All about me.
3. My family and friends.
4. Whatever motivates me.
5. Things that I hope will make you laugh.
6. Things I think are important.
7. Things that make me feel good.
8. Things that make me feel bad.
9. Things that I hope will make you feel good or at least better.
10. Things that are stupid, like this list.
11. Things that are smart.
12. Things that are entertaining.
13. Things that I copy or heard from others and make them seem as if I wrote them, to make me seem like I’m smart.
14. Things that are spelled wrong, improper English, improper language, that make me look like I’m 9 years old.
And I don’t care what I write so long as I have fun writing it because I’m not 9 I’m about 65, (not sure how old I am and I don’t care). I also still like to go to clubs and dance.
Hope you enjoy it!
- “Excellence is never an accident, it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.”
Making the jump from earth to space as in going from fossil fuels and nuclear power to solar is at hand. It’s because of the excellence and devotion of the solar Astronauts in this industry and the people who supported them in their efforts.
Look at this price and spec sheet from one of the early solar small business pioneers below showing what the price used to be. Then consider that contracts are now being signed for massive PV utility power plants at $.03/kWhr.
These massive solar farm contracts have been signed. They will be in Mexico, Chile, and Saudi Arabia. They will be completed in 2025 that’s only 8 years away. Coal, the next cheapest alternative. will cost $.07/kWhr.! This info comes from a recent Bloomberg Report.
If there was ever a time for me to swear, it would be now and man can I swear. But this is a message with the promise of peace for mankind, and hope for the preservation of the Earth 🌏.
We all worked together and used the power we ea. had to do something good and guess what, it worked. Solar will take over. Trust me. A lot of Good WILL eventually triumph over evil. As long as we don’t blow ourselves up, burn the place down, kill each other, riot, panic, abuse our selves to death, etc., etc. this is going to be great!
Don’t blow it now and you know who I’m talking to.
Support the solar industry in the United States just a few more years and we will regain our rightful place in a world we actually started, thank you Bell Labs.
1. We will someday get rid of those awful power poles and lines that constantly scar our views.
2. That we still work on developing roof and ground mounted systems that enable anyone the ability to produce their own power .
3. That we stop salivating over possessing our neighbors oil. So we don’t have to sacrifice our children to go get it for us.
4. That we develop new uses for fossil fuel and nuclear power including recycling spent fuel rods like medicinal uses, fertilizer, etc. etc.
And 5. That it slaps us in the face so that we wake up! And we see we’re destroying our environment i.e. Amazon Forest, air, food and water, incredible beautiful beings we live with, And finally, My favorite: NOTHING because NOTHING MATTERS! Nothing is simply awsome it’s everything, it’s simply just being here. Being is cool 😎 calm and collected, being peaceful, being content, being in the FEELING of just being alive, right here on this little perfect planet with everything it offers us with our incredible heart ❤️.
Oh god this is getting disgusting. Or, is it?
Thanks for reading my solar blog. Hope you enjoyed at least some minute part of it. I know, I can be extremely annoying. It doesn’t bother me because I’m too old and I still don’t think more than five people read this.
“I’ll be back anyway.”