Living in the dark

Imagine living your entire life without electricity. It’s 2009 and there are still many places where that is still the case.\nTo the delight of the 85 families who make up the village of Ahire, Maharashtra they now have electricity for the very first time thanks to Solar Panels.

President Obama speaks on renewable energy

President Obama addressed the country on solar energy, at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas on Wednesday May 27, 2009.\n”We know the cost of our oil addiction all too well. It’s the cost measured by the billions of dollars we send to nations with unstable or unfriendly regimes. We help to fund both sides of the war on terror because of our addiction to oil. It’s the cost of our vulnerability to the volatility of the oil markets. It’s the cost we feel in shifting weather patterns that are already causing unprecedented droughts and more intense storms. It’s a cost we can’t bear any longer.”\n”America produces less than 3 percent of our electricity through renewable sources of energy like wind and solar — less than 3 percent. In contrast, Denmark produces 20 percent of their electricity through wind. We pioneered solar technology, but we’ve fallen behind countries like Germany and Japan in generating it, even though they get less sun than we do.”\n”So we’ve got a choice. We can remain the world’s leading importer of oil, sending our money and our wealth away, or we can become the world’s leading exporter of clean energy. We can hand over the jobs of the future to our competitors, or we can confront what they’ve already recognized as the great opportunity of our time: The nation that leads the world in creating new sources of clean energy will be the nation that leads the 21st-century global economy. And that’s the nation I want America to be and I know that’s the nation you want America to be.”

Green Jobs Now

\n\nClick here for the Youtube Link\nSun Electronics International Inc. in Miami, fl was a stop in Moveon.com Green Jobs Now Campaign. Their campaign was to provide more jobs that involves renewable energy to the city of Miami. John Kimball the owner of Sun Electronics was there as well to provide information on the expanding field of solar and renewable energy.\n\nwww.sunelec.com

The Silence Before The Storm

When DOE has the solar application for the incentives the demand for systems will boom.\n\nIn Fla. when the State started the $4.00 per watt rebate nothing happened for 6 months. The public did not understand it, the industry did not know how to apply for it and those writing requirements for qualifying were like one hand fighting with the other because the regulators were either understaffed and/or unfamiliar and underpaid. Expect this with the Federal plan. But… once they finally get it together the cost of solar modules will start to increase rapidly from their current historic low.\n\nIt will be similar to what happened to Germany and Spain where the approx. $.60 per Kwh feed in tariff created tens of thousands of jobs and thousands of new companies. It also made millionaires out of people overnight and made these two countries the largest for PV in the world overtaking the U.S.\n\nIf you want to see the approximate cost for a complete system see below. We are using $7.00 per watt as the average installed cost even though we sell them for around $6.50 per watt:\n

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State Solar Panel System Fed. incentive State Incentive = $/watt
Florida $7.00/W 30% $4.00/W $.90W
Louisiana $7.00/W 30% $1.49/W $1.40/w
Arizona $7.00/W 30% $3.00/W $1.80/W
Mass. $7.00/W 30% $4.40/W $.50/W
N.J. $7.00/W 30% $6.00/W -$1.10/W
California $7.00/W 30% $2.50/W $2.40/W

\nStates have some different ways of applying their incentives and other factors are important to understand so you need to go to www.dsireusa.com to review your state’s incentives. \n