2 days ago, I just walked into Home Depot next to our Solar Home Depot Warehouse in Miami Lakes and whoa! to my delight I bumped into a pile of LG 5,000 BTU AC’s on closeout sale stacked up for $125 ea. So what!, you say? Well it just so happens LG makes the World’s Most Efficient Air Conditioners in the world at the “World’s Lowest Price”, $125 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We bought 12. I think you can run it 7 hours a day with just 3 – 300 watt modules it only pulls 4.9 amps. Your smarter than me, you tell me! By you, I mean all you engineers that are into PV and read my blog. I’m just a promoter, your the pros.
I realize it only cools one room, but what if you filled it with 5 people, added a couple of fans, in PR Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Martin, where there’s no power for 6 or 9 or 12 or who knows how many more months! ya know what I’m sayin, ya know what I’m sayin, Scotty P.?
It’s 4:00am I just talked to our main connection in China, she’s also quite a lovely girl, and she got another option on how we can get them. So as it is now I will be flying shortly to inspect them. Of course I can’t buy all of them but if your interested in participating let me know. let me know.
Of course their Chinese so getting them into the USA is hard but not totally impossible. Of course it’s easy and cheap getting them to almost any foreign port except Europe because there are no import restrictions i.e. Caribbean, C.A., South America, Africa, Australia, etc., etc.
Cheap I say because China owns the shipping and port industry on planet earth 🌏. So you pay half the normal price!
Look I don’t know everything I need to know about this deal so that’s why I’m going there to learn. But I know a good deal is very possibly at hand.
I would love to buy them all and smuggle them into the USA, but I’m not very good at that, plus I don’t like prisons. I will say that with all the governments interfering with the conversion to solar energy, we the people, who desperately need them on Earth, need to fight back anyway we can. I hope this trip will help to find a solution to all the restrictions that have been placed on its growth. It’s really crazy what is going on.
Hope to have my visa tomorrow and looking forward to a long comfortable flight to China. Yes, I will fly first class. I’m too old to to do it economy. I will read my self help book, “DONT WORRY ABOUT THE SMALL STUFF, and ITS ALL SMALL STUFF.” I will also watch videos of my favorite Guru Prem Rawat. I’m looking forward to it. Very exciting stuff. This saving the world stuff while I save myself is fun.
Better end this one here.
Let me know if you need anything from China:
Solar (anything you can name).
my contacts have it, wholesale and at the “World’s Lowest Prices!” Oh yeah shipping is cheap from China because they own all the ships and Ports including the Port of Long Beach!
Call me anytime. My new assistant is my niece, Esmeralda. Very funny.
Your Happiness is everything, we should fight as hard as you can for it. It helps to reduce your intake of TV news, no matter what side your on.
250 Watts Top Tier Chinese Certified and Warrantied 22 yrs. installed but never commissioned.
I may be flying as soon as Tomorrow to Inspect. Call me ASAP. if interested.
Price depends on inspection but I’m sure it will be in twenty or very low thirty cents a watt range. Shipping will also be very very low in the 2 to 3 cent per watt range. Can ship immediately upon payment by WT.
Thank you for allowing me to share this with you. I think a blog would be so boring about nothing but solar energy. So here I go again trying to keep it a little more entertaining, funny and interesting.
Tonight I sat outside by myself, I felt about as happy and peaceful as I think I could feel. Just sitting in an old patio chair watching the full moon rise in Tucson, Arizona. I couldn’t help to think that this was just reflected light off the surface of the moon from a star I could not see 92 million miles away! It was so bright.
Then I thought about watching the tides change from my home above Biscayne Bay, every day in Miami. Not everyone knows how powerful the Moon is. I watch the high tide, low tide, then high tide and low tide come again. It comes in and out, 4 times, every 24 hours! It cleans the bay as well as the 7 oceans. And it’s all for freeeee. Isn’t free stuff the best!
In the entrance to Biscayne Bay in Miami where I snorkel, I can see a hundred thousand tropical fish before 9 am almost every day. And now here in Tucson, from the glassed in sunroom of our new home/office, I can see an amazing show of Sonoran nature, all day long. I can see families of quail, hummingbirds, doves, finches, sparrows, cactus wrens, cardinals, woodpeckers, lizards, rabbits, squirrels and butterflies, usually all at the same time! Animal feed helps.
Nature, little kids and drunks don’t lie. Three things you can always count on in this often negative and now disastrous world. Turn off the news, keep the music, and take a morning walk.
Heaven on earth exists! It’s out there. The feeling is in you. And it’s freeeee!
Thanks for letting me share this with you.
Go solar. Not for the money, but for independence, and respect of this incredible life we all get to enjoy. You know what they say, “Live life every day as if it was your last. It might actually be.”
When you think you want to solarize your house ask us for an itemized quote for the parts. It’s all we do all day at Sunelec. We’ll design it for free too.
Then ask almost any solar installer for the same and they WON’T give you an itemized quote to you.
Or take their big flat quote for everything and subtract the system we quoted you to get the balance. Prepare yourself for the added cost of installation. It’s more than the system costs! What the hell is going on?!
1. Install it yourself, if you know how.
2. Install it yourself and with some other guys who know how.
3. Or, if you don’t know any guys like that, just call me, and I’ll give you the names of someone who would be willing to help you do it yourself, in your area. They will be from our list of customers, that aren’t contractors, but they have installed their own systems. They’ll help you to do the installing parts of it. Most of our 50,000 customers are engineers, many built their own home, and there’ll avid solar proponents. Almost 20,000 of them installed their own systems.
When your household appliances need replacing does the plumber tell you which new washing machine he wants you to buy?
So why won’t solar installers just install? Why can’t you just order the best deals on solar modules yourself. And, after 45 years in Solar I’m telling you they are much simpler than most appliances. If you ask me they are all the same:
2. aluminum frame,
3. slices of silicon,
4. plastic laminate and backskin.
But if he’s selling just one brand of module he’s going to tell you his is soooo much better than the rest.
Look if you could have a hundred yard dash with every silicon solar module in the world, they would all finish within one foot of each other. And, the guy selling the one that came in first would tell you “see this gold medal” that proves that we’re the best, no one comes even close to being better!”
They all last 30 to 40 years easy, are all tested to rigorous UL testing, and they all have a warranty for 25 years. They are practically impossible to break, even if you break the glass they will continue to produce their rated power. I know because I’ve inspected massive multi-megawatt farms after being hit by tornadoes, hurricanes, grass fires and even baseball size Texas hail storms. Their so tough, it’s unbelievable. You literally have to punch a hole the size of a softball right thru them, to make them stop producing power.
Trust me, all you need to compare modules is the price per watt. In this new solar industry, all panels are bought and sold by the cents per watt cost of the modules. It’s as simple as comparing the price of Iowa corn per pound. Solar modules are just another commodity nowadays.
If you buy solar modules in a complete system or separately, and you don’t get the price per watt, you must of been taking goof balls.
If the seller won’t give you the price per watt of the modules and he’s choosing them for you, there’s something VERY WRONG! It’s the most important, interesting and expensive part of your system. It’s why their called solar systems and not electric systems, Nobody but nobody should buy solar systems any other way, or you deserve exactly what you get.
Ask yourself, “would I give my car to a mechanic to fix, if he didn’t give me an estimate for the parts?”
Now for the basic labor estimate to install the system:
Bolt down the rails.
Bolt the modules to the rails.
Plug the panels together.
Run two main cables to the inverter.
Connect the house and utility company to the inverter.
Install a disconnect switch.
Time – Two guys can install a complete typical 3,000 watt system in two days.
Typical cost for solar modules for people who shop with their eyes closed: $.60 to $1.25/watt. Typical Sunelec’s cost $.20 to $.40/watt.
Typical cost for installation should never be more than a $1.00/watt. Typical 3,000 watt system = $3,000 \ 32 hrs labor = $93.75/hr.
Typical installers charge $700 to $1,000/hr.! You don’t believe me? Well that’s ok because typical solar contractors will never break down the costs for parts and labor so who knows if you don’t ask for itemized parts AND THEN labor. And it could be even more, after all how would you know? After all the worst thing they can do is to give you THE ABILITY TO COMPARE PRICES. Because then, you might SHOP AROUND, OMG! Would a burglar tell you how to keep him from robbing your house?
Wake up people, your not afraid to ask for an estimate for parts and labor are you?What costs more? A car repair or a PV system? Which has more parts? A car has 30,000, PV system has: Modules, racking, cables, inverter, disconnect switch, just FIVE!
Snap out of it America your ruining the reputation of solar power as much as rip off solar companies. They’ve been around since the water heating days. Why because someone else is paying for most of your system, THE AMERICAN TAX PAYING public. And, your worried about what country made the modules. That’s kind of hypocritical isn’t it.
All solar panels are the same say I. Look at your sliding glass door or auto windshields what do you see:
Tempered glass, aluminum frame, and plastic. Add some laminated on silicon sliced rocks that make electricity. And that’s it folks.
And, they never wear out! At least not in your lifetime. Actually, no one really knows how long they’ll last. The very first solar module ever made at Bell Labs is still working after 65 years! “If you put a solar cell in a vacuum, it will last 2,000 years. They never wear out,” Mike Keeling the Chairman of the IEEE Photovoltaic Committee once told me.
Even Einstein said solar was the way to go. All you need to know though is PARTS AND LABOR it’s the solar theory of relativity! How many cents per watt are the solar modules costing you compared to other brands. It’s not physics.
So snap out of it America!
Thanks for reading John’s solar blog. And let me add something very important . Not all politicians are bad, nor are all contractors bad. There are good ones as well and they all know their trade, installing them correctly isn’t very hard. But they give separate itemized quotes for the parts and the labor your paying your hard earned money for. Some will allow you to buy your own components on the open market as well. And, if you see ads that say “lease” or “nothing down” and all you hear is how many ways “your going to save money in the long run,” try asking for the price quote to be itemized and if miracle occurs and they give you one, then shop around, because the amount of money you being asked to pay might be a fraction of what they’re asking. All you have to do is Google “solar panel prices”
or “grid tied inverter prices,” or “PV mounting rack prices.” You’ll end up knowing more than the salesman in an evening! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER TOO!
Thank you for reading John’s Blog
And if you want to contact me, John Kimball. You can call me on any of these cell phones anytime because “solar is my world.”