We just installed the first solar roller coaster, just kidding, but it would be a neat project, and a good analogy of the solar energy market. I just went to PVUSA, it was great so was Philadelphia! The most incredible thing I saw was the world’s largest thin film module. it was about 10 feet by 10 feet, well a little smaller, but not much. It would be great to just have one around just to blow your friend’s minds.
Great people at the show, great companies and of course we were there pissing everyone off including the show management by handing out our brochures. All they stated were our prices starting with 84¢/watt for crystalline laminates w/o J-boxes (got to put them on yourself), then 98¢/watt for thin film with MC4 connectors, 9 cu. ft. PV refrigerators for $448 (they only need 1 – 80 watt module and 1 battery to work), a beautiful Colombian girl in a bikini with the caption “Notice the Blemish?, B Grade modules from Sun Electronics” (my daughter is threatening to quit over it and she’s right, but I’m hanging in there for us male chauvinists as long as I can), oh yeah and the $1.78/watt systems we have that include everything except the racks.
They put yellow wrist bands on the all the potential customers on “Public Day” which made it like a turkey shoot for us. We headed for every yellow wrist band like they were gold and handed them out with the exhibition management in hot pursuit (you just have to keep moving), Christen (my assistant from Craig’s list and I had a blast for about 3 hours) Christen showed up like a blind date, about 250 lbs. African American and sweet as sweet potatoes, she was beautiful, funny and a great sport worth every penny $33/hr.
We have some great new inverters coming out in 3 weeks that we found for on and off grid that include smart grid management for residential or commercial applications. Fed. Gov. Mandated Smart Grid, yeah right, like in 10 years, do it now on your own building or home. It comes with all sorts of great options. I don’t want to give out too much information or we will be copied as of right now we have an exclusive relationship. Did I tell you another company in Miami opened a store right down the street from us on the freeway with a name almost exactly the same as ours and in flashing neon lights. They have this very famous trademark management company that gets paid lots of money. Be careful Chris or you may be turned into a pillar of salt, it seems to happen to everyone who messes with me, I had nothing to do with it, it just happens. There are allot of sales managers for factories out there who did shitty things to us that just sort of disappeared. What goes around comes around endings, I think.
Anyway, it was basically, all the same modules, all the same stuff, all grid tied, all the same guys (allot playing musical employers) standing around looking at each other waiting for the big “Project Developers” to come along and make the big transactions. It was mostly about N.Y. and N.J.’s politically generated incentives, and federal, thanks to the generous tax and utility rate payers of the USA, N.J., and N.Y., with a few other states thrown in for good measure. Oh yeah, and Sun Electronics without a booth, dressed in Levis, handing out flyers for the same stuff for substantially less. A watt is a watt is a watt most of the time, I believe.
It was so easy to see the difference even without all the badges between the installers and the salesmen. The installers were so laid back. The sellers all wore suits and the “Project Developers” reminded me of the carpet baggers in the South sitting around big tables with a half dozen guys in total subservience to some big shot businessman of some investment company or something, with all their drawings, charts, accounting and legal analyses of how they would divide up all the free money. I’m not against it, it just looks so boring compared to building one small solar system at a time for homes with families in them or at least business’. Running off our star, the Sun, 93 million miles away is even better when it comprises a totally self sufficient home or business that can stand on its own independently. But…. I love free anything, so we’ll take the free money as fast as everyone else, but its more so we’ll be around to sell cost effective solar systems when and if the free money ever runs out. We should all hope that won’t happen, not after Japan should have made us all wake up. It certainly out ranked the BP Gulf environmental disaster. It’s hard to believe nuclear waste will remain highly radioactive for over 1000 years?! It’s impossible to realize what that means let alone to be able to take responsibility for it. At the least people should have felt safe living next to a nuclear plant. It’s the waste that is the problem I have been taught.
If you ask me were all on the Titanic and there are just enough boats for a few either very smart first class early birds or a small percentage of the panicking group of late comers who believed in the management. No offense to those who lost their lives on the Titanic intended. By the way, my relatives Mr.. and Mrs.. Edward Kimball were on the Titanic and yes they both survived. I don’t know if he had knowledge that there weren’t enough life boats for everyone as he was one of the first of the first class passengers to be loaded into lifesaving boats, I think. I can only hope so. My other uncle Alton Kimball was a World War I hero and there is a plaque on the chapel at Harvard in his honor. He flew biplane fighter air craft and died on a mission.
It will all work out, Gods in charge.
Thank you for reading this and not making negative comments and/or criticisms. Besides, you can’t, I won’t publish them anyway, ha ha. No I will, because people actually do read this I’m learning and I have seen some good comments that should be shared. Unfortunately, some are really really stupid. ha ha, just kidding, not.