About John’s Solar blog.

No im not 9 years old, yes, I can spell and know basic puncturing and grammar. The problem is I normally spend hours to write a blog, usually very late at night from 11pm to 3:30am. Im too tired and too busy to proof read them all, there is also the problem that in my old age I can’t see very well, never was very witty, and hate to go back and correct them because I inevitably end up rewriting them. Oh yeah, it takes me forever because many mistakes are because of my fat fingers and i only work with cell phones. Oh and I’ve tried to be a little funny, lie sometimes for fun and I’ve written about 1,100 of them . A few of them i wrote after going out to Miami’s tooled bottomless clubs but my female stag makes me take them off within 8 hours and i like to swear. It’s because my vocabulary is so limited.

And don’t hate the people at the electric utility

companies or solar contractors, without them i wouldn’t have anything to complain about. I do think however that solar energy is the answer to millions of our stupid problems. War, poverty, unhealthy living conditions, agriculture. Being able to see where your going during the day, or reading in dark corners, and I think everyone like bright sunny days unless you live in Phoenix , Yuma , or the middle of any desert without cooling.

I don’t like Solar covered school playgrounds and I do think many solar jobs are as ugly as sin. And I do think most people who buy grid-connected systems must be idiots if they only rely on some guy sitting on the couch in their living room whose been trained for months to swindle you. And I don’t think solar would last a day without the federal tax credit and I don’t believe it when they tell you a flat price and not how much your paying PER WATT for the solar panels, the cost of your inverter so you can compare the two most important and simple prices just by googling solar panel prices. You can also go to solar blogs (unless they are on a sales companies site). If you don’t know the price per watt of your panels and get an itemized estimate go parts and labor , like you do for your car repair YOUR GETTING SCREWED.

And we were warned ias far back as 1977 that we shouldn’t let the utility companies get control of solar. If they do, were also screwed.

Finally I’d like to say most solar salesmen and PV sales companies even distributors, are ripping you off.

For god’s sake, forgive me God, all solar panels are the same no matter how efficient they are or where they were made. It’s all about the price per watt again I repeat, it’s all about the price per watt. You’ll pay much more for the most efficient module in the world but they are all practically made the same and will last 30,40,50 year or more. You can’t make the stop working unless you punch a hole through them the size of a grapefruit.

Solar energy has been my life si se I was

21 I may be wrong but these are my opinions.

Control your negative thoughts.

Read it’s all small stuff. Great book.

I love the ocean

One more swim till I go home to Tucson .

God help us stop polluting ourselves and our planet. Protect life from people to ants and plants.

The perfect customer and energy efficient appliances.

The perfect customer:

Lives in the middle of nowhere, yeah that’s right, in the middle of nature with solar . Over the last few decades I’ve met , visited or talked and even just heard stories and seen pictures of thousands of these people. Amazing!

My favorite picture was from a customer fro Guyana S.A. it was of two anacondas. I love nature there is so much beauty in the smallest of things and the biggest of things.

Anyway he owned the largest telecom company in country. He went to a lake in the inner reaches of Guyana. He had laid out the fish he caught . They were huge. Like Nile Perch in Africa. Look it up. Then he sent a picture I still can’t find but hung on the wall of our downtown 511 15th st.miami office for years. There were two huge jungle trees that had fallen into the lake side by side.

On each tree , you guessed it, were 2 gigantic snakes , both ANACONDAS. I’ll try not to exaggerate but they were about 30 ft. Long each. He was sitting right next to them. The head of each Anaconda was larger than his own human head. That’s how you could tell how big these two incredible snakes were. They were sunning themselves in the sun on these huge logs. Perhaps they were friends or boyfriend and girlfriend , brothers or just two guys who had just had their fill of some good poor fresh animals but they were asleep or just enjoying the sun.

He sold telecom repeaters for military and other people on solar.

Then I had a picture from another very remote customer on a small Caribbean Island maybe Nevis or st. Nevis anyway he and his wife and son rebuilt an old – Very old, broken stone house and turned it into a small gift shop practically on the edge of the water on big rocks. for tourists who docked in his bay or anchorage. Ran it on independent solar of course .

One of the pictures was of his son standing in a small boat with a few tourists and he was able to do something quite remarkable out in the water. He could call to a pod of unseen animals who were no where in sight . And all of a sudden they appeared answering his calls from deep under the water……a pod of 4 huge Sperm Whales ! surrounded the small boat. He could take people out for a fee and do this I guess on a regular basis . This is the type of whale in the book “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville.

Awsome photo and story and TRUE! Just like the Anacondas.

I had many customers from the Caribbean over the last 35 years come to our solar powered store and showroom in the middle of downtown Miami only a block from the ocean.

I lived next door . I can fish from my condo balcony on the 14th floor .

We started Sunelec in that condo. The UPS Driver Onofre would pull up and his entire UPS truck would have nothing but Trace inverter Chargers in it when we had 14A and 14B on the 14th floor. We had to sneak them up one elevator, one load at a time, it lasted two years . No one knew it in the Western USA where solar free money was free for the taking . it was like a gold rush . We in Miami had zero competition . We were responsible for selling over 250 thousand of them plus a ton of batteries 100 Containers mostly to Haiti, the DR, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala and all of the Caribbean Basin, the Philippines, South Africa , Cambodia, Croatia, Norway and to almost every country in the world so we got alot of photos and little stories about the photos (that’s equally important) .

. Thanks to Coset this beautiful and beautifully built girl from Cuba who called hundreds of you guys , our customers all over the USA and south of Miami asking for your help and you gladly responded . Her accent and lilting voice swayed you in . Ha ha. And she made a great collection of 500 testimonials . She could barely speak English. Me an Charlie taught her her first phrase, thinking it would come in handy, “Shut up an get out of here. ” she’d walk around the office practicing it and winking all day and serve me coffee every morning with a shot of Baileys . We all Loved her, No not literally!

I’m sorry but I could go on for hours with stories about our customers . Some other time soon, I know you’d love to hear about your compatriots in solar around the world.

This may sound stupid but you guys ( the guys who can install your own systems, ) plus build your own homes, boats, Engineers of all ages, with and without degrees, airplane pilots, architects, professors, electricians, contractors, Home builders, small business owners, farmers, ranchers, other solar company owners, teachers, trade school teachers, installers, professionals, sailors of course, and so many other guys with so many skills, so smart, willing to try something different, inventors, and even some very talented women who could:

DO IT YOURSELF!

You are sort of hero’s to me and other guys like me, all across the world, who do what I do, not just cause you could do it yourself, well yeah, actually, just because of that, I believe. But especially because you often built them in wonderful places, beautiful, islands, mountains, valleys, sailboats, RV’s, I apologize that I haven’t learned how to build a house yet, but I can do it , I can do it, and so can so many people around the world and right here in the good old USA 🇺🇸 what a great country by the way, I just came from China and a lot of it reminded of Cuba but bigger and sadder. The area around my five star hotel was nice however.

Right now I’m in my bed with the Pacific Ocean 100 yards away in Del Mar, California , body surfing every day with Johnny at my favorite spot with my son and Esmeralda my wonderful niece . My sister in law and wife Graciela are in Mexico because Rosa just got her green card and finally got to go see her family after 14 years of waiting!

So It’s all good right now. Hope it lasts but everything changes, anyway sometimes it feels so good to just be alive right? You just have to wait till morning if you don’t, and you get to try again. If you have a beach it wipes all the bad feelings and thoughts away. If you have a beach and waves and occasional crystal clear water for body surfing and/or snorkeling you definitely have a comité new outlook on life when you come out, it’s like a baptism. You can find heaven on earth in the sea or mountains.

Beware of the snowball effect of your thinking, like I should talk . It gets tough sometimes right? but we’re ALL different all 7.6 Billion of us AND JUST 92 million miles away from the sun 🌞 FLYING THRU SPACE at close to a million miles an hour it’s all a fucking miracle and I try to pray everyday , usually for good simple things like just being alive for this spec in time and it’s a pretty interesting spec. Right?, but sometimes I stumble and pray for stuff I shouldn’t like getting even with a few of my shitty friends and family , a bigger solar business, to make a huge profit, to be better looking , younger, more hair, whiter teeth, muscular bigger legs, that I could surf standing up, that…..well what the hell….more beautiful girls in my life, and so on and so on. You know what I mean, know what I mean , Sony P.?

Just being everlasting happy and peaceful would be great, and going to heaven wouldn’t be bad.

A relative of Herman Melville actually came in our store and bought panels from us one time.

Once in around 1979 I met David Katz of AEE, he changed my life, so did Adam Loucks one of the funniest guys I ever knew , my wonderful parents and 3 brothers, several beautiful girls but mostly for sure my wife skreeeeech! What the hell-am I doing I need shut the f… up! But I have had a good life and l love my family but I still wish I had a million incredibly beautiful slave girls from Mexico, Colombia, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam California , Puerto Rico, who went nuts for me and would give me whatever I wanted to eat and I could fly and I could live and breath underwater in the South Pacific, and my incredibly beautiful wife Graciela would say sure OK that’s a great idea, and a huge tree house with a pool and a high dive for me and Johnny and to take a 600 ft. Yacht with everyone on earth and sail around the world a hundred times visiting exotic places with lots of islands full of girls who could come along for the ride. Oh and a huge underground fort , clairvoyance, astral travel, precognition and then Lose it all and return home to Miami , Del Mar and Tucson to spend all eternity being and having what I have right now but never die .

Why do I humiliate myself like this. Because I write crap like this all the time and everyone in the office like Adam. Louis, roberto andPierre and Jeorge Newberry keep telling me everyone likes my blogs, so here you have it.

John

PS Don’t let the Utility companies control solar. It’s an obvious and huge conflict of interest . Buy cheap as you can and do it yourself. We , my guys at Sun will do everything we can to help you git er done.

The kids of the future need us to do it right and we can in our lifetime .

By the way the people around Del Mar are so nice I can’t believe it!

ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES

WHILE EVERYONE IS TRYING TO BUILD THE WORLDS LARGEST SOLAR FARMS . Sun is working on just the opposite approach.

After seeing what happens when you get hit by 20@ me an hour winds like Puerto Rico did FREAKING TWICE!! We think we have a damn good solution to their problem. A micro super efficient low cost system with the most efficient and low cost nearly normal size appliances in the world that will be independent off grid and will give you an 11 cu ft refrigerator freezer and a extra 7 cu ft box freezer and two fans, microwave, all the lights you could possibly need that run on 2 yes that’s 2 solar panel’s , and 4 batteries for less than $ 2,499 and we’ve got better cheaper everything coming in in two weeks from China but the panels. For example you can use it all, all year long but IF a hurricane comes you MOVE ALL THE STUFF ABOVE INTO in all in a brick building to protect it, solar panels and the rest . It’s like a tank and you can sleep outside or make it , the brick energy appliance PV powered room, i call it (APP ROOM) for those really difficult moments.

You can get it only from us the Sun , we have it exclusively, copyrighted and trademarked it only draws a tenth of the energy an energy hog safe kitchen + room does! It sleeps 4 too. so don’t get any funny ideas like going to Home Depot

Oh yeah and we have another complete version in 12 volts , coming in at the end of this month that use even less energy. There’s an optional solar thermosyphon solar water heater $299, and a solar oven with matching pots and pans that fit in it. perfectly! It goes to 400 degrees F. At 12 noon. You can cook a Turkey in it, I’m not lying. I’ve made steaks, bacon, tacos, quesadias, fish, bread, about 20 different cakes and duck, fish, tater tots, and brownies, etc. You can also purify water for drinking in it! I know the oven sounds stupid and your wife would laugh in your face but between 10 am an 4 pm it really works well kicks us. Basically it’s a totally bitchen kitchen.

Jerry Sienfeld

Solar Quote of the day.

In a prominent solar magazine an editor recently wrote “For grid connect PV systems, the primary reason people buy them has always been environmental, not economical,” they want to do something to help protect Earth’s rapidly degrading environment. California is a good example. Many realize they’re simply not going to save much money without having someone else paying for a major part of their system. Without the “free money”,these grid connected systems would not be affordable or intelligent purchases,. There probably would only be a few small PV factories worldwide. Nor would there be a PV utility controlled and owned monopoly being developed right under our noses,

Without our tax dollars, only a tiny fraction of Solar farms, PV factories, and crooked sales and installation companies, (who currently dominate the industry) would be able to exist.

Scams and crooked people are everywhere nowadays. A significant portion are definitely taking advantage of the situation. It reminds me of Medicare fraud and the massive government wasteful spending that exists. The solar industry has never been more dishonest than it is today.

Grid connected PV will never be cost effective unless your paying at least $.40 per kWh, and the national average is only 12 cents per kWh. Google it! Without using other people’s money they can get for free the craziness will continue.

On the other hand, that the biggest reason people buy PV totally independent off grid and hybrid systems is that it’s immediately cost effective and economical. Sure they care about the environment too. But their not wasting tax or rate payers money or helping to set up utility companies that will eventually totally control the cost of free solar energy.

Off grid independent power from PV is totally the opposite of the grid connected systems. To use a generator costs $.50 per kWh.

The primary reason for installing a stand alone PV system isn’t an environmental one. It’s the fact that they’re immediately cost effective from the day they get turned on ! And, without the need for using incentives, YOUR MONEY AND MY MONEY TOO!

Of course my own opinion of what’s happening in the solar world is mixed into this blog. And yes I’m a fairly large distributor both types of systems . However I’m not the utility industry trying to get total control of the Sun and im not a seller , contractor or installer who doesn’t even give buyers, YOU, an estimate for fixing your house up with a PV system for $2,000 to $200,000 without giving you the individual prices for every single part of your system from the nuts and bolts to the solar modules.

And, we design your system for free, why ? Because were as honest as the morning light. We don’t hide the price of your system components or give you only the information to get you to agree .

Would you let you garage car repair guy get away with that? Hell no 👎

And then you can compare prices. Geeeezz the solar panels price each can be compared if you know the price and of course it’s the price per watt of the rated panel watts!!!!! That’s 60 to 80% of the cost .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can compare it to every other panel made in the world , in seconds on google! Just type in prices of solar panels per watt!!! Ditto on the inverters and batteries. Thats 80 to 90% of it.

American solar buyers must be taking good balls or something because if you font do that your a fool.

I was really surprised to see someone say this in a major PV magazine solar!

Good for them, they are being totally honest. It’s about time.

John

Intersolar was fantastic.

I learned several new things.

1. There are hundreds of thousands of Chinese modules in the USA.

2. Companies are desperate to sell them, “we are desperate to sell these Top Tier One custom cleared Chinese made modules. John just make us an offer!” They had 14 MW I THINK!

3. We can’t get them at our old unbelievable previous prices, but we can get them for less than just just about anyone I know. They’re all grade A, and custom cleared in the USA with UL, and CEC approved.

4. It doesn’t make sense to me. But it’s true.

5. We’re talking about making an offer at 25 cents/watt. Anyone interested? Call me anytime to discuss.

6. Get this: The Chinese gov. failed to honor their promise to make their own incentive payments , for as long as a year to hundreds of those giant farm projects we’ve all been seeing and hearing about. Those huge projects were all getting a huge incentive ($.12/watt !) to large developers in a year. Apparently the government is tired of losing so much money.

The government just already began (July 1st) reducing them by 33%! There will be hundreds of millions of modules available from Chinese Mfr.’s and developers as they cancel orders. PV project developers no longer want to move forward because they would lose money! And the plan is to pull the plug. Half the Chinese PV module Will be history.

7. The new “buyers market ” will be another huge price swing in the PV marketplace beginning now.

Now is the time to get Trump to use his leverage and to allow Chinese module manufacturers and developers to flood the USA PV and the World market.

After all, we have no large factories left in the good old USA right, just talk of new ones.

5 of us drove from Tucson to SF and back!

my son Johnny and i jumped ship in Del Mar, Ca. After all we’re not crazy. The waves are big and it’s the best little beach town in the world!

I finely figured out what I am.am.

I’m a solar promoter and an environmentalist first, and a businessman second.

Thank you for being such great supporters. And, thank you God for the great team backing me up.

I believe God’s in control.

Love each day to the fullest as if it was your last. It might be.

J

The legacy of solar energy.

HAPPY 4th of July !

Independence via Solar powered mini homes – (way down below).

For me anyway it’s all about nature and the beauty of being independent. The ability we all have to APPRECIATE things is one of the best things we were ever given in our lives, i believe.

Our life is an extremely short, but very long trip. That’s strange huh?

Peace

You all know peace is inside you. Not outside. Inside us is the real peace and happiness. What helps you and me to feel happy, calm or crazy is inside each of us, is the ability to or not to appreciate things. Thank you God for this free gift. I love getting free stuff. Doesn’t everyone.

At least try when you think of it , try to make every day count, every hour, every minute and if you can do it, every breath.

It’s just our forgetfulness that prevents us from being happy all the time. We lose touch with it 90% of the time, I think

My favorite prayer is the our father because it says this “They kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” Now that’s interesting , hmmm a prayer that’s as old as time, saying Heaven is on or suggesting On Earth.

And, yeah, also the part that says, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” That’s fair, I think.

Anyway before I show these photos: To find the owners of these nice people, who loaned me these photos, of their beautiful houses. I just have to say thank you. And tell you to just google solar powered mini homes, or just google independent solar homes. Oh also, you can buy these photos and use them to show the kids in school that solar energy is really cool. it’s a solution, of unimaginable potential .

Oh yeah, again, You guys who made these beautiful homes are my heros’s ! Remote independent homes are a trip. You find that feeling again of appreciation for peace when you go inside an stay a couple days in an independent solar powered home. The appreciation you feel inside these homes just might be enough to get you to build or buy one too. Or, at least, to stop leaving the lights on all over your grid connected home. But that is the simplistic way to start. My mother used to say to us when we’re kids, “oh look at all those nickels, quarters and dimes falling out of those lights”, whenever she saw a light we left on.

You know how you feel guilty about throwing out food you let sit too long in your refrigerator. That may just be because we all have these huge refrigerators. We have these 10.5 cu. ft. refrigerator/freezers that use 78 watts, that you can buy at Home Depot. Now if you like fresh food that’s the ticket, a smaller refrigerator/freezer that uses a sixth of a normal 24 cu. ft. one.

So leave the legacy that lasts forever, going solar. Is kind of like that and best of all it could happen before we die 🙂

jk