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 . 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 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.


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.


At the White House, Obama praised the bill.


The Bill seeks to:



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


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


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


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


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.


-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.


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


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



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.


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.

Sun Electronics at the MiaGreen Expo and Conference 2009

Sun Electronics was demonstrating its knowledge in renewable energy at the MiaGreen Expo and Conference June 12th and 13th. We proudly displayed our solar panels, wind generators, and inverters while at the same time educating people about the benefits of renewable energy.\n\nteam\n\np6119962\n\nPeople were amazed by our Solar Panel display at the MiaGreen Expo. Our Staff really helped out novices in Solar energy and gave out pamphlets and information booklets on how to make their own renewable energy system

U.S. demand for residential solar rising in 2009

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – U.S. demand for residential solar power installations is surging despite an economic recession, thanks to government financial incentives, some easing in credit availability, and increasing public recognition of its environmental benefits, industry executives said on Tuesday.\n\nCompanies represented at the PV America solar conference in Philadelphia said the volume of their installations as much as tripled in 2008 and they see further gains this year as more people recognize that they can cut their electricity bills by at least 15 percent with an array of solar panels installed on the roof of their homes.\n\nFaced with a cost of about $50,000 for installation of a 7-kilowatt system on a typical 2,500-square-foot house, a New Jersey homeowner can defray the expense with a $12,500 rebate from the state and a federal tax credit of $11,000.\n\nAccording to industry trade group the Solar Energy Industries Association, there was an overall 16 percent increase in solar capacity, including commercial installations, in 2008.\n\nThe industry is benefiting from a cultural change that is more accepting of the need to find alternatives to fossil fuels, in part because of last year’s surge in gasoline prices to more than $4 a gallon.

Will The American Power Grid Keep Up With Demand?

The American Infrastructure has changed greatly over the last 150 years, more than the ways its designers could have imagined. With the growing energy needs in the United States, scientists and engineers have been forced to re-examine the efficiency and security of the national power grid. This challenge requires innovations on transmission and monitoring of electricity. \n\nThe U.S. Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory hosted a workshop that brought together system and modeling experts from universities, federal agencies and national laboratories.\n\nThrough detailed simulations of how electric power is supplied and transferred around the country, researchers can bolster not only the grid’s security but also its reliability, efficiency and resiliency.\n\nBecause of the great diversity of ways in which electricity is created, distributed and consumed, engineers face a challenge in creating reliable models of large power networks. They have to deal with the intermittent nature of some of the sources (like wind or solar), optimize how power is transmitted and balance economic, security and environmental priorities when finding solutions.\n\nThe workshop, which was sponsored by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, identified barriers that a national grid simulation capability would need to overcome to be effective. The findings of the workshop appear in the report “National Power Grid Simulation Capability: Needs and Issues.” According to Petri, an operational plan for a national power grid simulation capability that engages industry to better understand their needs, capabilities and concerns would support a more secure and reliable electric power grid system for the future.\n\n