Friday, July 31, 2009

Solar Panel Price

The photovoltaic solar industry has seen significant growth in the past three years. The demand for photovoltaic solar panels increased so much that production could not keep up. Businesses and homeowners were placed on waiting lists for photovoltaic solar panels. 

Photovoltaic solar panel producers, such as Sharp and BP Solar, ramped up production to meet demand, but plans to increase photovoltaic solar panel production have been halted due to the world economic slow-down. Even so, total world photovoltaic production is expected to increase by 3.75 gigawatts to 11 gigawatts (renewableenergyworld). 

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Brandon Best

Solar Sales Training

(949) 208-0221

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES)is intended to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy.&nbsp; This law would support transition and provide long-term stability for the economy, environment and the solar industry.

HR 2454 was introduced on May 15, 2009, passed in the House of Representatives on June 26, 2009 and if signed into law would take effect in 2011.&nbsp; HR 2998 was introduced June 23, 2009 and referred to committee.

American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) was introduced on May 15, 2009, passed in the House of Representatives on June 26, 2009 and if signed into law would take effect in 2011. For more information about current solar incentives see our article on the Current Solar Financial Benefits for Homeowners

What does this legislation mean to the residential solar industry outlook?

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

US Outlook Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Sales

Can you feel the buzz about the deployment of pv solar systems and renewable energy in the USA?  It reminds me of how this country was inspired in the 60’s by President Kennedy’s call to beat the Russians in a race to put a man on the moon.

According to The Global Solar Report Card by Green Cross, the USA is behind Germany and Japan in the deployment of photovoltaic solar systems.  Will we act now to build a competitive renewable energy market in order to avoid the fate of our auto industry? <Read more outlook photovoltaic solar sales>

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Benefits of PV Solar Group Buying

The principal of buying in bulk is also holding true with neighborhood pv solar installations. If you can get a good deal on a single photovoltaic solar system installation, imagine the deal you can get with 20 or 100.  Groups are banding together all across the United States to take advantage of group discounts on photovoltaic solar panel installations.

Each homeowner can take advantage of a 30% federal tax credit on the total cost of their solar system plus, any state, local and municipal service rebates. A group could use that funding as a collateral base for a loan for the whole neighborhood project at a much better rate thus reducing the cost even further to each owner. This would mean a better return on investment and a shorter payback period.

Another thought, if you have a couple of vacant lots, is to create a neighborhood solar farm to service all the homes in a development. This would fall under a different commercial classification, but could be even more profitable than individual home installations, and your roofs would be panel free. Another advantage of this system is azimuth, declination, shading and position of the panels.  Not all of the homes will have a south facing roof or the proper pitch, or the placement of that nice shade tree to take full advantage of the sun. <read more>

Rich Hessler

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Sales Training

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Birds in Beijing

Coal miners used to take a canary with them to test mine air quality, the canary was the first to depart leaving the miners enough time to escape the toxic air environment. A returning traveler from Beijing commented she saw no birds during her recent trip.  As the Chinese power up their economy using our outdated technology & methods for electricity generation; poor air quality & pollution will continue to increase.  After a volatile year for the U.S. economy, can we power up the U.S. economy differently this time, set an example for other countries and make the environment better for future generations? <read more>

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Rich Hessler Solar Sales Training


Friday, July 24, 2009

Solar Sales Training Course Changes

Thank you for your feedback and suggestion in June.

The following changes have been made:

-Increased the number of hours in our program from 10 to 12
-The 12 hour program consists of 8 hours of training and one month of weekly group coaching
-In the new group coaching session, we will:
-Answer course questions
-Support goal setting
-Provide accountability
-Offer alternative perspectives
-See the course calendar
-We also provide the option of training in four 2 hours meetings or two 4 hour meetings

If you have any additional comments or suggestions, please let us know.