My son went to St. Augustine, Fla. with 200 other screaming 10 year olds.

5 buses departed in the dark (5 AM). For most it was the first time away on their own. Of course most of the Jewish children had been to camp, it seems they start them out a little earlier than most.

Anyway they all came back after spending one night there. The chaperons were exhausted and at least one I talked to said she would never do that again. I can understand. It’s a six hour drive, 12 hours round trip.

I went to the worst camp in the world when I was 10. I hated it. Then I went to the best camp in the world when I was 14. It was a private camp located in a small secluded cove on Catalina Island. CIBC, Catalina Island Boys Camp. I’ve written about my experiences there before, I think. My memory is going.

The other night I had a date with my wife. We went to an expensive restaurant, NOBU and it sucked this time. The last times I went it was really fantastic. The main investor is Robert DeNiro the actor. Anyway we ate allot of mushrooms, in the food, and had a great bottle of wine. after we got home I could not remember were we ate, nor could I remember which room my son or sister in law slept in our home. I was actually getting off on this strange experience, anyway the next morning I was ok.

Where was I, ahhh, let’s see, I guess I really wasn’t anywhere, just jumping around again from thought to thought. SO why am I writing this? It’s because I like myself, It’s because I like to read what I write, after I write it, it’s fun to rewrite stuff and improve it too, of course. my writing usually needs spelling corrections, organization more stop and yield signs (periods and commas).  I write too fast which is why I have these problems. I also wanted to bury the story I wrote about Solar World’s old Christmas Card, jeez it was like 3 or 4 years ago. I’m just like Google and the rest of the internet, I keep things alive forever. It’s like a law you broke and you get a brand on your forehead for life. Everyone makes mistakes and there are two sides to every coin, actually three, come to think of it.

Final thought, I just read a story about that guy Elon Musk of Tesla fame, he’s got these batteries he’s gonna sell called wall batteries or something and he calls the batteries, solar powered batteries, which seems a little strange. anyway it said one battery is 10kw?, usually you rate batteries by the voltage and amp hrs., then it says it costs over $3,000. So I’m thinking, who’s he kidding, I can buy a golf cart battery that’s 6V and 230 amp hrs. for $90 that will last for 5 years. He offers a 10 year warranty for his. So I’m thinking that’s allot, like his $100,000 electric cars that hold just 2 people. And, the title of the story is “Elon Musk’s Plan To Power The World With Batteries” what the heck!

To me, that makes about as much sense as this blog.

Oh yeah, and I just went swimming with Johnny and I had a great talk in the pool with this beautiful woman about life.

 

jk

Did you ever see Solar World’s 2012 Christmas Card ?

 

Here’s the picture:

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Here’s the translation:

 

Wish List 2012

(FOR A COMPANY LIVING IN A MAKE BELIEVE WORLD – RELYING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO FEED THEM).

-best price

(THATS FOR SURE, THAT’S EXTREMELY TRUE!)

-highest quality

(NOPE, IT WAS BETTER OR THE SAME AS EVERYONE ELSE).

-secure guarantee

(IT WAS BETTER OR THE SAME AS EVERYONE ELSE, UNTIL SOLAR WORLD GOT WHAT THEY WANTED, THE SHUTDOWN OF NEARLY HALF OF THE WORLD’S COMPETITION IN PV MODULE MANUFACTURING. IT WAS IN CHINA, BUT THE 250% TARIFF THEY PUSHED SO HARD FOR AND GOT, WIPED OUT ALL OF THAT) .

-location-oriented service

(WHAT SERVICE, CLEANING PANELS? THERE ARE 7 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, ABOUT HALF ARE CHINESE, I FIND IT HARD TO BEIEVE THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SERVICE SOLAR PROJECTS THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT WAS SO HEAVILY COMMITTED TO AND INVESTED IN).

-clean production

(IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO OR SEEN PICTURES OF CHINESE PV PRODUCTION FACILITIES, YOU KNOW THEY ARE AS CLEAN, OR CLEANER, THAN ALL THE  OTHER FACTORIES IN THE WORLD).

-social norms

(I WOULD NEVER SAY COMMUNISIM IS GOOD BUT WHOEVER WROTE THIS HAS A SHORT MEMORY TO MAKE THIS COMMENT. WW2 WASN’T THAT LONG AGO, LET ALONE THE HOLOCAUST,  IT’S VERY HARD FOR PEOPLE TO RISE UP AND OVERTHROW A TOTALITARIAN GOVERNMENT WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE WEAPONS AND THERE ARE SPIES LOCATED EVERYWHERE. TREAD LIGHTLY THERE PAL. I’M NOT BLAMING YOU, SO DON’T BLAME THEM).

-an increase in German employment

(HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PV RELATED JOBS HAVE BEEN LOST WORLDWIDE, LET ALONE IN GERMANY. THIS HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF THE CLOSING OF HALF THE APPROX. 600 CHINESE PV FACTORIES THAT ONCE EXISTED. PUBLIC AND POLITICAL SUPPORT FOR PV HAS BEEN REDUCED BY THIS DISRUPTION IN THE GROWTH FLOW AND MOMENTUM PV ONCE HAD. THERE HAS BEEN A SLOWDOWN OF DISTRIBUTED PV SYSTEM SALES AND INSTALLTIONS WORLDWIDE. IT’S BEEN REPLACED BY A NEW LACK OF SUPPORT FOR CONTINUING, LET ALONE, INCREASING PV INCENTIVES.

IT MAY BE THAT ONLY THE LIKES OF A WORLDWIDE CLIMATE AND/OR ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHE, OR PERHAPS EVEN WAR, WILL ENABLE PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER TO REGAIN THE LEVEL OF SUPPORT IT RECENTLY HAD. AND IT’S SORT OF ALL BECAUSE OF THE GREED OF ONE PV MANUFACTURER. WHAT A SHAME FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION AND THE MANAGEMENT OF SOLAR WORLD WHO PUSHED TO MAKE THIS TO HAPPEN. WITHOUT THE U.S., EUROPE, JAPAN, CANADA, AND ESPECIALLY CHINA SUBSIDIZING PV MODULE MANUFACTURING, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, THE INDUSTRY MAY NEVER RECOVER.

CHINA DID NOTHING MORE THAN EXACTLY WHAT THE U.S. WAS DOING, THEY PROVIDED INCENTIVES TO THEIR PV FACTORIES TO MAKE THE MANUFACTURING OF SOLAR PANELS REASONABLY COST EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE AND THEREFORE SELLABLE.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND GOVERNEMENT DOES NOT REALIZE THAT THE AVERAGE COST FOR ELECTRICITY IN THE U.S. FOR EXAMPLE IS ONLY 10 CENTS PER KWHR! THE COST TO MANUFACTURE PV SYSTEMS REQUIRES THAT, IN ORDER TO BE A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT, PEOPLE ARE PAYING 40 CENTS PER KWHR! MORE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY’S GOVERNEMNT IN THE WORLD, CHINA WAS WILLING TO MAKE PV PANELS AT A MAJOR LOSS, THUS BRIDGING THIS ECONOMIC GAP ENABLING HUNDREDS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO UTILIZE SOLAR ELECTRICITY FOR THEIR HOMES, BUSINESS’, TO PROVIDE THEM WITH JOBS AND IMPROVE OUR ENVIRONMENT. IN EFFECT WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THANKFUL AND APPRECIATIVE TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND ITS CITIZENS FOR MAKING PV ECONOMICAL, INSTEAD WE STABBED THEM IN THE BACK!

OUR EXPORT MARKET OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN PRACITICALLY DESTROYED. HOW WILL SOLAR WORLD’S DISTRIBUTORS COMPETE OUTSIDE THEIR PROTECTED LITTLE BOUNDRIES OF THE U.S.A. AND EUROPE? I GUESS THEY INTEND TO BLOW OFF INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTORS AND DEALERS AND GO AROUND THEM AND SELL DIRECT. THAT’S GREAT, JUST FREAKING GREAT, IS THERE ANY REASON WE SHOULD’T BE SURPRISED?)

I think Google is corrupt.

Have you ever noticed how if you search any term even remotely associated with solar energy, one solar company constantly comes up and Sun Electronics can’t even be found. After years of seeing this and having spent a million dollars in paid google ads, and having a substantially lower price for panels and having been moved from page 1 of the free ads on solar panels nationwide to who knows where, and having been in the business practically twice, maybe three times, as long as this other company, they are on the first page, not once, but some times as many as three times.

It’s just weird, the normal company would have to pay two million dollars a year to get that kind of treatment by Google, and no one, in this business, can afford that kind of advertising budget and make any money. I guess Google does’nt think we charge enough for solar panels and BOS, or that we don’t have a pretty web site with lots of unnecessary and mostly worthless information but that meets the google monster’s tastes. And what’s with all the solar panels on their web site, I had my staff call and they don’t have even have 10% of what they advertise and they’re located in the middle of nowhere.

And, finally, on every page they start off by ripping apart Grade C and Grade B Modules, basically us. Except when they finally manage to discover a few and have them offered as a “super opportunity”.

Anyway, I really don’t blame them. They are feeding the Monster, Google, whatever crap they discovered it likes to eat every day and so it likes them. You know I don’t like this word but I’m going to say it anyway, After getting ignored for good old hard work, customer service and good prices, I’ve come to hate Google, and its not just because of unfair treatment to us but to, what must be hundreds of thousands of excellent companies everyday but that unfortunately haven’t been able to figure out what kinky combination of geeky knowledge turns Google on. If you don’t believe it just look at all the scamers they have created who promise to put you on page one of whatever words and phrases your business depends on.

It’s screwing up everybody’s lives more and more every day. It spreads defective information and outright lies that screw up your kid’s lives, it’s assisting terrorists, stealing credit card numbers, placing phony orders, destroying reputations and injustices, screwing people over like me whom they don’t like “technically”.  They know everything about us and nothing about us, about everybody and nobody, it’s insane.

But like everything else it will change. I know we have stopped all advertising on Google. I suggest everyone else do the same thing. YEAH SCREW GOOGLE, BOYCOTT THEM, THEY HAVE A LOT OF GOOD THINGS GOING BUT THEY ALSO GOT TOO BIG AND POWERFUL AND POWER CORRUPTS! We know of cheaper and better ways to advertise to our clientele than Google and that saves you money.

This concludes my black and grey dot tirade for the night, I just realized I haven’t looked up or taken a breath for an hour while writing all these negative, but some kinda positive thoughts down, there I just took one very deep one. It’s weird how we can totally forget to breath but it just keeps on going like the Energizer Rabbit. Ditto for the whole body, an amazing thing, our bodies.

Good night, good morning, good afternoon whatever the case may be this is the Breeze Man signing off.

John Kimball

Jealousy and greed in the PV industry is rampant. We are constantly falsely attacked, in discussion forums, by competitors and on the Internet. We are copied, by business model, style, even by name. When I started I knew one thing for sure, that if I was honest and stayed honest I would stand out like a sore thumb. In the olden days there was no PV industry, just solar water heating and it was corrupt. Today everyone on my team understands this and it’s our intention to say it like it is. What we say is what we mean, we’re what you call, Levelers.

When your as big as Sunelec its impossible to make everyone happy. The other day we got an email that said “Congratulations you have been barred from posting on Northern Arizona Sun and Winds Discussion Forum. They have this forum that constantly promotes their own company, that’s OK I do the same thing, But, the reason we got canned was because we pointed out to people in a comment that it’s not a non-biased site as the moderator’s lead people to believe. They also constantly had published at that time , 2011, that , bacically, we sold cheap Chinese crap (Evergreen Modules) . In addition it was last week that they sent us this notice, they said it was because of this comment I had posted in a string about our Evergreen module auction we won, it was FOUR YEARS OLD.

Another jerk from Brazil, who went ballistic because we would not refund him $6,000 for a $1,000 order, he had no documentation, absolutely zero, showing where any of the charges he claimed, came from.  A moderator at Northern Arizona and Sun published all this guys ridiculous claims and when we sent in a rebuttal they refused to print it. The guy eventually made 6 different videos trying to prove something we had never denied, that we shipped the wrong voltage modules. Google has been running his video’s for nearly 6 years!

If someone wants to slander you all they have to do is publish a complaint on Google and you will be branded for life. The Google Monster we need to kill it before it kills us, it worse than the U.S. Department of (Anti-) Commerce, which by the way needs to be totally abolished. If you want them to do anything for you be prepared to pay a small fortune, what a worthless Gov. Dept.

John