$.98/Watt

At a certain price, like $.98/watt, it get’s hard for people to discredit solar panels due the nationality of their manufacturer, the efficiency, or even to an extent, it’s expected lifetime. Especially if that panel has UL listing and a 25 yr. warranty.

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Before I tell you about these new panels,  I would like to say something about our B grade and SUN  modules. No one else sells the brand SUN. We have them made for us in the U.S., Germany and China using different cells, depending on the size they might be Evergreen’s, Sun Power’s, etc. B modules have UL and SUN modules do not. They both have a 25 year warranty. SUN modules can be used for off grid independent homes, or any low voltage application of 12, 24, or 48 volts,(boats, RV’s, telecom, etc.). Both our A and B panels have UL and can be used for any grid connected application or any other  type of systems.

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B and SUN Panels: If you have ever actually seen one of our cosmetically imperfect  crystalline modules like the Evergreen ES-A-205-fa3B for $2.24/W or our SUN ES-A-205-fa3 for $1.74/W sitting next to an Evergreen A panel, you will know that you can’t tell the difference. You will probably need someone to show you some tiny spots, if there are any. The power output is identical. Every panel comes with a flash test sheet from the manufacturer’s certified solar simulator showing all panels power output’s equal or exceed  the factories output tolerances –0% to + 5%.   Over the last 10 years we have sold hundreds of containers of them and have never had more than 10 come back over the last 10 years, and even those are kept for testing and repair. All A, B and SUN modules have a 25 year warranty have a 25 year warranty.

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The reason for the excellent quality of B and SUN panels is because solar panels are all basically made, the exact same way. Like sliding glass doors that, last like Stanley hammers, they are very simple and strong. They are built to last 30 to 40 years, some say longer. If you could compare all the different manufacturer’s crystalline solar panels in the world by lining  them up and having a 100 yard dash, they would all end up finishing within a few inches of each other, but the sales guys would be there promoting that theirs was 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. However, the difference in efficiency of solar modules is only about 3% between the best and worst and its been that way since I started in the PV business, for the last 25 years!

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If your system is off grid and low voltage (12, 24 or 48 volts) it’s even safe for you to use modules without certification. Modules are tested to a minimum of 150 volts most 600 volts. We have sold them without UL, into the Caribbean, Latin America as well as North America and we have thousands of customers who will gladly tell you how happy they are to have purchased them and how well they have worked for years.

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Cost effective solar is happening now, if you know what to buy, when to buy it, how to use it, where to get it and who you can believe.  I have been in the solar business since I started the Energy Center in Tucson, Arizona in 1973, 36 years ago, during the Arab Oil Embargo. I have worked on the staff of three U.S. Congressmen on energy issues, Udall, Sharp and Brown who was the Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, Arizona Gov. Babbitt’s Solar Energy Commission, Photowatt’s PV Factory and Kyocera Solar as  U.S. and International Sales Engineer and and of course I have owned and operated  Sun Electronics International, Inc. for last 20 years.

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Sure we sell the more expensive panels, for 20 years, Kyocera, Evergreen, Solar World, etc. and we take our reputation seriously here at Sun Electronics. But we need to lower the cost of solar and not just by using other people’s money. All solar systems are good but cost effective ones are better in our opinion. B and our SUN modules help lower the cost of solar by up to 50%.

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No one has prices like Sun Electronics, it’s not because we are unprofessional it’s because we are realistic.  And because I have been shopping for deals for 20 years and I have contacts in the industry from 36 years of experience.  We are known for it and manufacturers call us with special offers from all over the world including the U.S. (Evergreen, BP, Solar World, Sanyo, Schott, AEE etc.)as well as from Germany, Japan, China and Spain.

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Don’t let people scare you.  “Cosmetic blemishes” are just that “cosmetic”. And, some panels  may have different or no certifications at all because many manufacturer’s have customers who don’t require it. It’s also unbelievably expensive (approx. $50,000 per panel type) and takes forever to get. Most countries don’t even have grid connect type high voltage systems and thus don’t require any certification,  maybe half of the countries in the world.

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Remember; however, on high voltage grid connect systems you should always use modules with the proper certification such as UL, TUV or CE. Our B “cosmetically blemished” modules always have certification.

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As of Monday Dec. 7th solar power is available, at least until we run out, for $.98/Watt. It’s not crystalline, it’s thin film, it’s made in Japan, it’s less efficient, but at this price, especially with UL and a 25 yr. factory warranty, I ask you, is there any reason why not? We will have 1,000 of them. These are the kind of deals I have spent years looking for and find. And, there will be more, the world economy and over production in the industry has assured that. Solar can stand on it’s own two feet, but for now it means starting off with the lowest price solar panels, balance of system components, energy efficient appliances and energy conservation, I think.

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Please send us pictures of your systems, especially those that are using B and SUN modules and let us share them with others.

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\n\nHappy Holidays\nJohn Kimball\n\nSun Electronics International., Inc.\n\nwww.sunelec.com\n\nj[email protected]\n\nDock

Coments from Steve Curry

my sysetm is do it yourself type. i did it because i was tired of utility company\nover charging me for power, (greedy bastageses). no one knows what the future holds,\npower may triple in price by the time i retire so now while i  can afford it i did\nsomething about it.\n\ni did business whith your company because your prices are the best anywhere, i have\nalways had good honest dealings with your company, and still plan to purchase 12\nmore panels to complete my system.\n\nEven a Blind hog finds an Acorn sometimes.\n\nby: Steve Curry.

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Sun Electronics Installations
The angle of the array can be adjusted by hand turning a wheel.\nThanks to Thommi Huber for sending us a picture of his installation Switzerland.

AMAZING PROOF

Mr.Mike Wells, an electrical engineer stopped by Friday. He happened across a solar system being torn down on radio station in Bascom, Ohio 37 yrs. ago. The Spectrolab 10 watt modules made for land not space use were being thrown from the racks into a dumpster. He bought them for the aluminum .50/lb.\n\nToday he has at least 100 of them still on his house all working the same as the day he got them. You can call him. He also has a friend who has modules from Bell Labs, Henry Forbs, who has some that are even older that still work.\n\nToday Mike has 6.5 KW off grid systems using SUN modules and a 1 KW grid tie systems using surplus Global Solar unframed modules.\n\n37 years and they are still putting out their exact rated power says Mike.

System Sizing Quick Hints

Base it on the incentive limit, Find out if your state has a limit at www.dsireusa.com . That’s It!\n\nThe payback of any solar systems without incentives is probably 35 years. With a 30% federal incentive it brings it down to 25 years. Most of the good state incentives allow you to take around another 35 to 50% off, but many have a limit.  If you go pass that limit, your payback can go to around 15 years instead of 5 years or less.\n\nStay within the limit. Thats the size of your system.\n\n-John Kimball

Up to 100% Back from State, Federal & Utilities

The Federal Government  offers a  30% tax incentive from the total system cost for residential and commercial applications. Combined with state rebates, tax credits, utility rebates and feed in credits, could give you 100% in deductions from your system costs. Here are some of the ever increasing incentives available to you from state and utility programs.\n\nAZ – Property tax exemption up to 100% system value.\nAZ – Personal tax credit up to $1000\nAZ – Utility Rebate Programs up to 50% system costs\nCA – State Rebate Program up to $4/watt\nCT – State Rebate up to $1.75/watt\nDE – State rebate program up to 25% of costs\nFL- State Rebate Program up to $4/watt\nMA – State Rebate Program up to $4.40/watt\nNV – State Rebate Program up to $2.10/watt\nNH – State Rebate Program up to $3/watt\nNJ – State Rebate Program up to $4/watt\nNY – State Rebate Program up to $5/watt\n\nThere are hundreds of State, Federal & Utility incentives available. We at Sunelec.com will gladly assist you in finding the incentives available to you.

Intersolar 2009 in San Francisco

Show EntranceThe Miami- based, Sun Electric Sales Engineering Team, consisting of Christy Kimball, Lewis Louis Prophete, and myself, Bob Everhard, left Fort Lauderdale Airport to learn about the latest solar energy technologies and network at the world famous, Intersolar Show in San Francisco, held July 14th through 16th.\n\nDuring the first leg of the trip, we flew over a huge wind farm in Texas. As we flew westward we saw hundreds of commercial wind mills and large areas set up with new service roads awaiting more wind generators. The good news is, it looks like many more wind generators will be coming on line soon!\n\nAfter a short layover in Phoenix, we headed north for San Francisco. From an aerial view of 30,000 feet, we spied a multiple mega-watt solar farm with a new section still under construction, located somewhere in California. I was hoping the GPS on my IPhone could grab a quick fix next to the airplane window, but no luck!\n\nAfter landing in San Francisco, walking toward the baggage claim, I noticed an airport kiosk, welcoming us to the Intersolar 2009! We arrived early the next day at the Moscone Expo center with thousands of other solar enthusiasts, at 10:00 am.\n\nWith an almost rock-concert-like-atmosphere we made our way through the gates to check out the latest offering in the solar industry. Professional large and small displays were on three floors. There were a large number of tracker systems on display, both full size and desk top models. For the next large PV system, there were a number of 100KW+ inverters, some the size of a minivan. If starting your own panel manufacturing plant was in your plans, there were a number of robotic solar panel assembly line solutions to check out.\n\nIf panel theft might be a problem in your area, two solar panel anti-theft devices were shown. One was an alarm system that can send a text message to you cell phone, the other, a little less high tech, was a key like mounting screw that would make removing your panels very difficult.\n\nThe number of new panels manufacturers, (many from China), was surprising addition to industry insiders that have attended the show in past years. New names in thin film manufacturing were there, too, and Sun Electronics has ordered samples for testing and review by our sales staff and installers.\n\nEven in this challenging economy, the mood was positive and the long-term outlook looks very bright for the solar industry. Another bit of good news from the show, indicated lower prices on solar panels and some of the related equipment. As always, Sun Electronics will be your price leader in the alternative energy industry!\n\nWe look forward to passing along the new discounts we receive from our suppliers, check back to our website often for the latest updates and specials!\n\nLooking forward to Sunny Days Ahead!\n\nBob Everhard, Sun Electronics Sales Engineer

Cleaner, costlier climate bill slips past House

WASHINGTON – In a triumph for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed sweeping legislation Friday that establishes the United States’ first limits on pollution linked to global warming and aims to usher in a new era of cleaner, yet more costly energy.

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The vote was 219-212, capping months of negotiations and days of intense bargaining among Democrats. Republicans were overwhelmingly against the measure, arguing it would destroy jobs in the midst of a recession while burdening consumers with a new tax in the form of higher energy costs.

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At the White House, Obama praised the bill.

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The Bill seeks to:

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Reduce greenhouse gases by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050 through a cap-and-trade program.

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– Limit emissions from major industrial sources. Emissions from agriculture would be excluded from the cap.

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Control carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels and limiting six other greenhouse gases.

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Allow companies to meet emission-limiting targets by investing in offset projects such as tree planting and forest protection.

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Require electric utilities to produce at least 12 percent of their power from renewable sources such wind and solar energy by 2020, and require as much as 8 percent in energy efficiency savings.

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-Impose tighter performance standards on new coal-fired power plants and provide $1 billion a year in development money for capturing carbon dioxide from such plants.

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– Establish standards that require new buildings be 30 percent more energy efficient by 2012 and 50 percent more efficient by 2016.

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– Protect consumers from rising energy costs by giving rebates and credits to low-income households

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There was plenty to work on in a House-passed measure that pointed toward higher electricity bills for the middle class, particularly in the Midwest and South, as well as steps to ease the way for construction of new nuclear reactors, the first to be built since the accident at Three Mile Island in 1979.

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Supporters and opponents agreed the result would be higher energy costs but disagreed vigorously on the impact on consumers. Democrats pointed to two reports, one from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the other from the Environmental Protection Agency, that suggested average increases would be limited after tax credits and rebates were taken into account. The CBO estimated the bill would cost an average household $175 a year, the EPA $80 to $110 a year

Other Solar Companies

If you see a Solar Company that does not show you the price per watt, they are hiding something. If they do not list their inventory, they are hiding something. We at Sun Electronics show you price per watt and the inventory we do not hide anything from the customer. We have over 6 million dollars worth of stock and we get an endless supply of solar panels!

IRS guidance on claiming investment tax credits for renewable energy

The 2009 Stimulus legislation (ARRA) permits owners of PTC facilities, such as wind, biomass, and others, to elect a 30-percent tax credit, based on the cost of the facility, at the time the project is placed in service, rather than the 10-year PTC, which is calculated based on sales of electricity. Last week, the IRS issued Notice 2009-52, which explains the process for making this election.\n\n\n\nThe election to claim the ITC in lieu of the PTC applies to the following types of alternative energy facilities:\n\n*Solar\n\n*Wind;\n*Biomass (both closed- and open-loop);\n*Geothermal;\n*Landfill gas;\n*Trash facilities;\n\n*Qualified hydropower; and\n\n*Marine and hydrokinetic.\n\nTo qualify, a taxpayer must claim the ITC with respect to qualified property that is an integral part of the facility on a completed Form 3468. Form 3468 must be filed with the taxpayer’s income tax return for the year in which the property is placed in service.\n\nA separate election must be made for each qualifying facility. At this time; however, there is no guidance on how to define a  qualifying facility.