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Posted by vaughn on September 20, 2009, 2:54 pm

Pull in your spam antennas.  I have no connection to this company except I
bought an EU-2000 from them once, and I may buy a new PV panel from them
tomorrow if those prices are real.  At that price, they have the SUN-130 and
SUN-150. The minimum number of panels they will ship is two.  I hope to
drive down there tomorrow and pick up one.


Two years ago we were talking about a silicon & carbon shortage and
impossibly growing PV prices.  Is the PV industry facing over production
now?  How quickly things change.


Posted by Bruce in alaska on September 20, 2009, 5:31 pm

Hey Vaughn, If you can confirm those prices, I might just be interested
in getting a few up here...


Bruce in alaska
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Posted by vaughn on September 21, 2009, 5:01 pm

I just got back from Miami.  Picked up one Sun-130 panel for exactly the
advertised price.  It seems to be well made.  It will take me a day or three
to get it installed & tested.

The place is right downtown & near the Port of Miami.  Just like when I was
there before, it was cramped, crowded & busy.  They have been in that
business for several years that I know of.  Would not be surprised to find
out that their main market is in South America & the Caribbean.  I purchased
my EU-2000 from them perhaps 5 years ago.


Posted by Morris Dovey on September 20, 2009, 5:54 pm

vaughn wrote:

This might tell a bit of the story (mind the wrap):


(I can't speak to the reliability of the article.)

Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA

Posted by vaughn on September 20, 2009, 6:23 pm

Wow!  "...could drop below $ a watt next year, and to 50 cents a watt in
2011. If that happens, he says, up to half the more than 200 solar
manufacturers won't survive."

The next year or two could be a real "sweet spot" for those who are
considering a new PV system.  After that, a combination of rising prices
from the expected recovery and lost production from the dropped-out
producers will swing the pendulum the other way.

Even with drastically lower prices, the economics of my little system are
simple.  My PV system's calculated payback time is...NEVER.  I consider my
system a hobby and also part of my hurricane preparations.  If the power
goes out, there are a few lights in my house & yard that will stay lit as if
nothing had happened.  Come back a week later, and they would *still* be
lit.  No generator, no noise, no fuel, no "nuthing"; they just work.


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