They’re buying potential solar farm land next to transformers in Illinois, Cal., Mass., NY like crazy.

There aren’t even projects for the solar farms yet! It the last year for the full 30% tax credit. President Trump considering ending it completely!

John Kimball

CEO

305-322-1086

Since 1973

$0.26 / W Available Now.

Call me if you need a deal on anything even remotely related to PV. I’ve got top tier ten, made in America, Chinese or Indian modules. MW’s, Surplus Grade B, all with UL and and warrantied. We buy all of these by the Megawatt. Call now. See below.

Not just modules for solar farms but everything else you need for residential and small commercial. Generators and Super efficient appliances and on and on.

Everything’s got to go!

Nothing can stop solar now except the utilities and the government.

Everyday you can get a PV Magazine email of the latest PV news. And, it almost always unbelievably good.

That e-magazine makes me happy everyday. After all, about 160,000 people https://sunelec.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/video-2019-01-05-23-09-09.movwon’t live to see this day according to google but look at this parrot he’s on his last days. What are the odds of that bird learning to enjoy modern music let alone dance to it so happily. Don’t be like that other parrot, get out there and enjoy this incredible phenomenon that’s happening all over the world. Geeeez, This bird dances better than me, well almost. At 66 I still dress up and go to night clubs to dance. Life is great !

Come on guys, we beat all the odds. In 1972 my friends thought I was a joke believing solar energy could change the world. Well it’s happening!

We’re witnessing the birth of the Solar Age. It’s like the invention of the wheel during the Stone Age, the beginning of the Iron Age or the Industrial Revolution, and that’s a very big deal. Yes it is.

I know these are tough and crazy times but to be around for such a mammoth change in the way we make electricity from clean renewable inexhaustible sunlight is truely incredible!

We’ve used about all the money, brains and government support we could get, and just in time! Even stubborn old John believes in climate change and potential world wide pollution now. And you can bet the people living in Peeking, China do too. We’re making a giant leap for mankind.

Sun Electronics is a small company now but dadgom it, we helped thousands of people become completely electrically independent just by using light from a star 92 million miles away!

Sure we just put solar panels on their homes. We may not be big Solar farm developers, but we’re still doin our solar thing after 45 years and enjoying every minute of seeing the most cost effective home solar systems ever built and bringing electricity to people who could never have afforded it. We’ve been attacked for selling Grade B solar panels but you know what, I knew they would work just as well as Grade A and after selling thousands of containers of them for 25 years at 30% to 50% less than Grade A guess what, they never come back. Why, because their construction is so simple and tough you have to knock a whole the size of a grapefruit in them to make them stop working. Honest they never came back. Everyone loves them.

And it’s not just us, it’s hundreds of solar home owners and entrepreneurs just like us who knew it would work and served as proof that solar power could be harvested cost effectively and worth every hard earned dime they paid for it.

Before I’m gone, I hope to visit some of the wonderful people and their off grid and hybrid PV homes who were the real pioneers that got the ball rolling.

If you would be so kind as to let me come see what you’ve done, talk with you, maybe ask you some reasonably smart and interesting questions, take some photos and videos to show others how you live and what a wonderful place you’ve built, just call me. I’ve got just enough time to document how it all got started thanks to the many people with skills, do it yourselfers, engineers, contractors, architects, etc. That got the big boulder rolling as hard as it was and to cause the current landslide of Gigawatts of installations all over our planet.

As usual you can call me anytime, here’s my cell 305-322-1086. I’ve got my camera, the money in my wallet and the ticket in my back pocket.

Thank you for occasionally reading my blog and I apologize for not writing much lately but it’ll try my best not to do it again.

Sincerely,

John Kimball, Owner

Sun Electronics Int., Inc.

CALL 305-322-1086

PS Now if we could each just learn to be happy, get along together, get rid of coal burning factories, and really get behind recycling, and protecting our little blue planet 🌎 from constantly reacuring environmental catastrophes. Well no one ever believed solar power would work, maybe in 50 years we could do that too.

Great PV Magazine article:

Solar tsunami

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Some of it is the pending drop-down of the Investment Tax Credit from the end of 2019 through the end of 2023. Some of it is a series of decisions by states, cities and corporations to decarbonize their electricity supply, and to use solar as a main means of doing this. And some of it is the continual decline in PV system prices, which makes large-scale solar the cheapest form of new generation in much of the United States.

But whatever the cause, there is an unprecedented, massive volume of solar projects that is underway in the United States. Research conducted by pv magazine USA has uncovered more than 139 GWac of solar projects which have applied for interconnection with six grid operators (CAISO, NYISO, ISO-NE, MISO, PJM, ERCOT) by the end of December 2018, spanning the Northeast, Midwest, California and Texas.

For perspective, Wood Mackenzie estimates that there was only 34 GWdc of large-scale solar online at the end in the third quarter of 2018. When you convert that figure to AC power, it means that the new capacity being considered is around five times as large.

There are other reports looking at upcoming capacity, and they do vary greatly – which ought remind us all that much of what is in a queue won’t move forward. ISO New England estimates that 70% of the projects in its queue never see the light of day. 

However, more than 15 GWac of solar projects in these six grids either already hold interconnection agreements, or have entered the engineering and procurement phase.* The largest portion of these is in California, but there are also more than 4 GWac of projects in Texas that hold interconnection agreements.

Our investigation showed solar project development going truly national. In fact, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) grid has a smaller volume of solar projects in its interconnection queue than the Midcontinent System Operator (MISO), Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) or PJM Interconnection, each of which have more than 32 GWac of solar projects in their queue. Unlike California, the large majority of project volume in all three has been proposed in 2017 and 2018 and these regions had all seen limited large-scale solar market development until a few years ago.

 

Even more to come

It is important to remember that these grids don’t cover the entire United States, and as such this 139 GWac does not include projects in the majority of the South, Mountain West, Pacific Northwest and Plains States. And we aren’t seeing these massive projects only in databases, either. As documented in pv magazine USA’s year-end coverage, we have found large solar projects either planned or under construction in 17 states that have not had substantial solar markets to date.

The signals of a boom to come in the U.S. solar market is reinforced by other data sources. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) monthly Energy Infrastructure Update(located under Energy Infrastructure tab) gives estimates of future capacity, and the latest report shows 63 GWac of proposed solar project additions before the end of 2021.

A quarterly report by Stephanie Tsao and Ellen Meyers of S&P Global Market Intelligenceestimates that the U.S. utility scale solar project pipeline through 2022 has expanded to 33.9 GWac. 

In these estimates by S&P, grid operators reports and FERC, we are only talking about large utility-scale projects. These numbers do not include smaller systems such as rooftop solar either on the homes or businesses of utility customers. Data from other projections suggest that another 4-5 GWdc is coming from residential and commercial solar combined. Adding that volume to the S&P projections with a DC:AC ratio of 1.25:1 applied, suggests that the United States might build 18 GWdc of solar power in 2019, and just over 19 GWdc in 2020.

 

Energy storage boom

The six grid operator queues we investigated also showed more than 16 GW of battery projects which have filed for interconnection. And this number should not be too surprising to anyone who is watching the meteoric growth of energy storage.

Per the US Energy Storage Monitor, from Wood Mackenzie Renewables & Power along with the Energy Storage Association (ESA), total energy storage deployed expanded by 60% in terms of energy and 300% on a power basis in the third quarter of 2018 versus the prior year. Going out mostly until 2023, the report noted that the front of the meter pipeline expanded to approximately 33 GW of power.

The next five years are going to be truly massive for solar and energy storage. Hold on to your seats.

 

*Editor’s note: PJM Interconnection did not have a list of projects with interconnection agreements, but did list projects which had entered the engineering & procurement stage of development. 

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More great solar guidance from my great friend Neal Collier.

Happy New Year John and Solar Enthusiasts everywhere!

I have been rambling about backup power and it is time to touch on the batteries and other topics.  My advice on backup batteries is a little different than for solar systems.  I advise that you get something that requires little or no maintenance.  The reason for that is that  you will probably lose interest in a system that just sits there doing nothing when the power company is doing there job, because the lights are usually on!  Out of sight, out of mind.  If you have flooded batteries (as I did) tucked away in an obscure place (as mine were) then it is quite likely that you will get lax about monthly waterings (as I did).  If you don’t water flooded batteries, they lose power and start to emit acid fumes.  Acid fumes eat up your terminals and battery racks and cause circumstances that are a lot more unpleasant than simply adding water.

SO, the best advice I can give is to use some sealed batteries, like AGM or some of those new-fangled lithiums.  John has both kinds.  You’ll find that AGM costs twice as much as golf car batteries and lithium…OMG.  Well, that’s upfront costs.  It may well wash in the long run.  If the charging system is set up right, the AGMs can last twice as long.  Lithiums last a lot longer and you can draw them down further without hurting them. That means a little lithium will keep the lights on as long as a bigger lead-acid model of same amp-hour rating.

There are all kinds of batteries out there, but these are the big players, the likely suspects.  Just make sure you DON’T overcharge the AGMs and DO have a good battery management system (BMS) on the lithium.  BMS is often built into the batteries and sometime come as a bolt-on.

Now, on another subject, did you get the Sun Electronics Christmas Eve email blast?  You guys really need to read those things, even if John doesn’t make it easy.  It was just a list of part number, quantity available and price.  No real description. I got around to reading it Christmas day and decided to use the Miracle of Google to decipher some of these things.  HOLY COW!  I found that the listing “Outback PS1-3000” was a package that would allow you battery backup, grid-tie or the bones of a complete solar system.  Charge controller, grid tie/hybrid inverter, breakers, surge protection, battery box, network control and more in one nice package you can bolt to the wall.  They sold before I got to them because the price was $500 for a $5000 package!!! READ YOUR EMAILS!!!  Somebody did and got all 3 of them.

Now, on the PS1-3000 package, this has been discontinued because there are some new rules about rapid shutdown.  Outback came out with a new system that is similar, but has the rapid shutdown built in.  Roberto, or one of the other salesmen, can give you the model number and price if you are interested in a package deal from a good maker.

That’s all for today.  Next time is a time of soul searching and self-evaluation when I try to answer the question, “Can I install a solar power system myself?”

Neal

In 1972 I and my tiny solar company, The Energy Center, never thought the day would come when solar farms would become the rage worldwide. No one would have guessed that. The Solar water heater biz barely existed!

541 Acre Solar Farm Planned For McDavid, Large Enough To Power 14,000 Homes

December 11, 2018

A solar farm large enough to power over 14,000 homes is in the planning stages for West Bogia Road in McDavid.

Florida Renewable Partners (FRP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy, is seeking permits to construct a 74.5 megawatt facility known currently as the “Escambia County Solar Energy Center” on 541 acres along and just north of West Bogia Road, according to documents obtained by NorthEscambia.com.

By comparison, Gulf Power’s largest solar field at Saufley Field is 50 megawatts, enough to power almost 7,400 homes. Gulf Power is not involved in the proposed McDavid project; however NextEra is currently in the process of purchasing Gulf Power as part of a $6.475 billion deal.

“The facility will generate clean, renewable energy by converting sunlight via photovoltaic solar panels into direct current (DC) electricity. The direct current flows from the panels through inverters and is converted into alternating current (AC) used by local electric utilities. Finally, the electricity travels through transformers, and the voltage is boosted for delivery onto the transmission lines so the local electric utility can distribute the zero-emissions electricity to homes and businesses,” according to a document filed with the  Escambia County Development Review Committee by FRP.

The development is planned for an area behind and north of existing homes on West Bogia Road between South Pine Barren Road and Highway 29. A small portion of the project area includes land north and south of West Bogia Road, surrounding Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church (map below). There are currently no homes on the project property.

The area, owned by RMS Timberlands,  is zoned as agriculture  and is currently used for timber growth.

No water or sewer infrastructure will be necessary to serve the development, and no habitable space will be constructed. The facility will be monitored remotely and will not require onsite personnel for day-to-day operation, but personnel will occasionally visit the site to conduct required maintenance activities, according to FRP documents.

The Escambia County Solar Energy Center is entering the pre-application process with Escambia County and faces numerous steps before being permitted.

The project area does not included land purchased by Gulf Power in 2009 for a possible nuclear power plant that was never constructed.

Photo and image for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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This guy Neal knows everything about solar. He even knows more about my company than I do! See below. Louis is this true about the PS-1-3000?!

Happy New Year John and Solar Enthusiasts everywhere!

I have been rambling about backup power and it is time to touch on the batteries and other topics.  My advice on backup batteries is a little different than for solar systems.  I advise that you get something that requires little or no maintenance.  The reason for that is that  you will probably lose interest in a system that just sits there doing nothing when the power company is doing there job, because the lights are usually on!  Out of sight, out of mind.  If you have flooded batteries (as I did) tucked away in an obscure place (as mine were) then it is quite likely that you will get lax about monthly waterings (as I did).  If you don’t water flooded batteries, they lose power and start to emit acid fumes.  Acid fumes eat up your terminals and battery racks and cause circumstances that are a lot more unpleasant than simply adding water.

SO, the best advice I can give is to use some sealed batteries, like AGM or some of those new-fangled lithiums.  John has both kinds.  You’ll find that AGM costs twice as much as golf car batteries and lithium…OMG.  Well, that’s upfront costs.  It may well wash in the long run.  If the charging system is set up right, the AGMs can last twice as long.  Lithiums last a lot longer and you can draw them down further without hurting them. That means a little lithium will keep the lights on as long as a bigger lead-acid model of same amp-hour rating.

There are all kinds of batteries out there, but these are the big players, the likely suspects.  Just make sure you DON’T overcharge the AGMs and DO have a good battery management system (BMS) on the lithium.  BMS is often built into the batteries and sometime come as a bolt-on.

Now, on another subject, did you get the Sun Electronics Christmas Eve email blast?  You guys really need to read those things, even if John doesn’t make it easy.  It was just a list of part number, quantity available and price.  No real description. I got around to reading it Christmas day and decided to use the Miracle of Google to decipher some of these things.  HOLY COW!  I found that the listing “Outback PS1-3000” was a package that would allow you battery backup, grid-tie or the bones of a complete solar system.  Charge controller, grid tie/hybrid inverter, breakers, surge protection, battery box, network control and more in one nice package you can bolt to the wall.  They sold before I got to them because the price was $500 for a $5000 package!!! READ YOUR EMAILS!!!  Somebody did and got all 3 of them.

Now, on the PS1-3000 package, this has been discontinued because there are some new rules about rapid shutdown.  Outback came out with a new system that is similar, but has the rapid shutdown built in.  Roberto, or one of the other salesmen, can give you the model number and price if you are interested in a package deal from a good maker.

That’s all for today.  Next time is a time of soul searching and self-evaluation when I try to answer the question, “Can I install a solar power system myself?”

Neal

It’s about time I said something nice about solar energy since I own the company.

It’s pretty clean, it’s cost effective without all those incentives if it’s used off the grid, both the sun and the panels will practically last forever, it’s great for the environment, and it’s everyone’s dream to have inexhaustible clean energy. Finally, just the fact that we can all pretty much agree on something without half of us ending up hating the other half is a huge relief.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!