my solar electricity generating project
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much time and personal energy and money as I have put into it, it amazes
even me that I have yet to obtain a kilowatt second of electricity from
my solar electricity generating project. It almost seems as if my
original reaction to the proponents of sun power at a state loonie verse
itty back in the early 1970s was accurate: nothing but a bunch of
"buzz de buzzy buzzword" spewers whose entire effort was directed towards
defrauding all and sundry with a concept which "sounded good" but in reality
didn't work at all. Yet after moving to my beloved home state Nevada
on a permanent full time basis officially 030102 (after visiting the state
regularly since I fell in love with the desert in 1966), it was a project
to which I turned my attention quite soon after getting my furnishings
arranged in rented premises.
We develop, manufacture, market and sell a range of solar electric power generation products, including solar cells, modules, panels and our SunChoice™ pre-packaged systems for the global marketplace. Through our Spanish subsidiary, Atersa, acquired on September 11, 2001, we provide solar electric power modules, balance-of-system components and provide system design and integration services. Atersa also designs and builds a full range of module manufacturing equipment. Solar cells are the core component inside every solar electric power system. Our products provide an environmentally friendly, reliable energy solution at the point of use and are sold for both off-grid and on-grid applications. In off-grid applications, our products provide the primary source of electric power for rural homes and villages and supply power for equipment in the telecommunications and transportation industries. In on-grid applications, our products provide a renewable source of alternative or supplemental electric power and provide reliable back-up power in the event of a utility outage. In addition to our solar power generation product offerings, we sell wholesale solar electric power under long-term purchase agreements through a joint venture with GPU International, Inc.Unbeknownst to me on the day that I bought the shares, the munchiment of the company had filed that very day a refusal to submit the required annual financial statements to the SEC on grounds that "we require additional time to gather and evaluate data relating to 2002 revenue recognition matters. However, we cannot predict the time required to complete our evaluation, but will make every effort to do so within fifteen days." They never did correct that refusal to file financial statements. Instead the munchiment arranged the sale of all of the proprietary technology and other assets of the company in a planned corrupt bankruptcy court approved fraud against cash paid public stockholders to the Generic Eclectic Craporation, a company notorious for its suppression of relevant technological progress via patent litigation in support of its frequently bid rigged grandiose generating plant projects. I have suspected since that time that the munchiment had been falsifying the accounts for a considerable period of time and, under pressure from belatedly truthful auditors, decided to go get sinecures with the fraud company against human progress instead of attempting to continue the publicly owned business. In any event on 030724 I disposed of my ownership interest at a capital loss of -56.0% of what I had in it. As a result of the criminal frauds involved in the transfer of my solar assets to GE, replevin would be a factor in any questions that might arise in my future dealings with solar technologies.
Meanwhile, I was busily catching up on numerous sights in my beloved home state that I had somehow never seen during all my years as a nonresident tourist. One of those sights was the Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary, 8 miles north of the Spaghetti Bowl intersection of I-80 and Hwy 395 in Reno and 12 miles east on Red Rock Road. A few months before I had caught a glimpse of a sign indicating the existence of that wildlife park as I was heading north on Hwy 395 to visit some things in northern California. Finally got out there to visit the sanctuary on the same day that I liquidated my losing position in AstroPower. While there I got a nice dose of civilized "wildlife" (as distinct from the uncivilized "humanity" with which I normally have to deal). But I also got inspired by the virtually complete off grid electrical system which had been built as part of the sanctuary. The photo at right shows a small portion of the "alternative energy systems" in use at the Animal Ark. No "buzz de buzzy buzzwords" being spewed at me by obvious con artistes. Only the reality of a functional life support system for the wildlife and their caretakers. I was impressed with the demonstration. It was one of the things that "my company" was supposed to have been able to develop.
I began looking for some land to buy In March 2004. Quite an amazing thing considering that I had viewed "real estate" to be a classic fraud and deception virtually throughout my entire life, as recounted in my Surreal Estate article on this Central Blogging Site. But along with having been impressed with the functional life support system at the Animal Ark, there were a whole set of surrounding economic conditions which influenced me to begin searching for some land to buy. The "official" end of the Civil War may have been in the Spring of 1865 (which was, as Honest Abe would count it, "seven score years ago"). But the homosexual slave mongering Xian Conquistador wooden head puppet play actor Ronny Raygun and the related series of Confederate States politicians who have been running the "United States" government since 1980, with endless criminal abrogations of the human and civil rights of Americans in violation of the Constitution, have demonstrated that the Civil War in reality never ended. As was the slave based economy and financial system of the Confederacy, those criminal abusers of humanity and abrogators of the Constitution under "color" of being officials of our government have been intentionally destroying the United States of America.
Perversion of the American banking system into a set of criminal abrogations of Article IV of the US Constitution Amendments by His British Lordship the criminal mastermind Greedspan, who was appointed by the fascist criminal tax evading Xian perverts of the Raygun/Bush administration in 1987 as a result of his criminal loyalty running cover for the Bush crime family member who bankrupted a savings and loan association in Denver some years earlier, has been an important aspect of those surrounding conditions. Article IV prohibits illegal searches such as those facilitated by the criminally motivated publication of confidential personal information on their infinitely hackable web sites by bunkos and other financial intermediaries. It also prohibits illegal seizures, takings without the consent nor authorization of the owner of the funds, such as are being carried on under euphemisms such as Automated Clearing House, Point of Sale Terminals, Electronic Funds Transfer and the new Check21 system for honoring and facilitating the efforts of criminal forgers. Prior to the reign of terror of that criminal thug Greedspan, honored by those perennial and perpetual enemies of "the colonies", the British monarchy and government, for his treasons in high public office against the Constitution and people of the United States, there had been at least some reasonable level of integrity and lawful behavior by the banking system of this country. No more. Not only is there now open season for criminal theft devoid of any lawful order of anybody with the right to issue such an order but there is readily accessible publication of confidential balances and details of personal transactions by the criminally corrupt banking system so as to facilitate such criminal thefts.
A second line of attack against Americans going on in the surrounding conditions also derives from the wrongdoings of His British Lordship the criminal mastermind Greedspan. Since being appointed by the fascist/communist criminal tax evading Xian "religion" based Raygun/Bush administration in 1987, His Lordship continuously facilitated, encouraged, and demanded the criminal theft of stockholders equity out of publicly owned corporations under the euphemism "stock buybacks" at ludicrous multiples of net tangible equity in violation of securities laws prohibiting the rigging of securities prices to artificial high levels. That same criminal theft system of stock buybacks was a primary cause of the mass bankruptcies during Great Depression One as the thereby looted and gutted publicly owned corporations devoid of capital with which to run their businesses collapsed under the sheer weight of the amounts stolen. Although I have been trading stocks since September 1961, the result of those criminal machinations by the treasonous Greedspan had been to deny me and investors generally a huge proportion of the normal universe of stocks and to make de facto bankrupt debt drunk trash paper out of numerous companies which had been in my portfolio for years/decades. There was no "capitalism" involved in those drastic subversions of the American financial and economic systems. It was all criminal theft, grandiose larceny, and intentional "creative destruction" as the treasonous perpetrators liked to style it.
There was also the influence of more local concerns. Our dear old electric utility company had been having hugendous problems producing electricity for the rapidly growing population of Nevada. It was in deep financial trouble as long ago as the merger of the old Nevada Power Company (mostly hydro electric based on Hoover Dam of which I owned shares for years) into the current Sierra Pacific Power, such that I was delighted to be bought out at a fair price (never seen since) at the time of the merger. The financial situation became ludicrous during the criminal extortion scheme operated by the legis critters of Worsingdone DC against the American people under the "deregulation" swindle carried on by their appointed major campaign contributing criminal gang "Enron". Sierra Pacific was an aggressive participant in that criminal extortion scheme and went so far as to corrupt the state goofermint to allow it to "recover" its losses on fraudulent manipulation of electricity prices during the Enron swindles. The bottom line on that aspect of the surrounding conditions is that our dear old electric utility company had been having to import 60% of the electricity required by Nevada's *existing* population, from the incompetently run and frequently taken down for no better reason than the sheer "fun" of it fascist criminal controlled National Grid System. The company hadn't the financial wherewithal to build the generating plants needed *even* if the efforts of Californicating frauds and the organized crime "casino" industry to prevent economic development in Nevada weren't the influence that they are. Small efforts such as the "Nevada SureBet" program for redirecting customer money into the hands of "retro fitting" businesses with whom the munchiment of the monopoly electric utility was corrupt, to lower their demands on the inadequate systems, had no potential even for melting the tip of that iceberg of demand far in excess of generating capacity. When I looked into the possibility of the company making use of their knowledge of real estate to facilitate a project such as mine, which had immediate personal requirements as well as longer run generating capacity potentials, what I found was that they were quite eager to steal my money and my time and energies for their gang's sole and exclusive benefit as what amounted to an absolutely controlled contributor to their capital base and work force devoid even of the potential for me getting a place to live as part of the unconscionable transaction.
My bottom line was that "maybe" a solar based off grid style of project could be of use to my beloved home state Nevada and to myself. Voila! the bright idea: Bob buys some land, takes a few bucks from what he has made trading stocks and invests it in a solar generating based development project, and thereby not only has a rational use of capital but also makes a meaningful contribution to Nevada. Lots of problems in that notion, not the least of which was the shortage of components for solar panels at the time. But it was an idea that I wanted to pursue and, with the paucity of rational investment alternatives in stocks resulting from the criminal machinations of Greedspan and his supporters among the criminally corrupt snitters in Worsingdone, something which might be a reasonable use of capital. As partially detailed in my Surreal Estate article, the initial requirement of owning some land to develop remained a key problem.
My own criteria for the solar electric generating project I have been trying unsuccessfully to get together are these: (1) no outside money nor pottynership nor corporate interests involved in owning the project; (2) minimum of reliable supplies of electricity for all of my own purposes, not interruptible at the whim of National Grid nor other gang decisions; (3) willingness of course to sell any excess generation over and beyond my own purposes on a rational pricing basis to whatever monopoly sales orgie might be involved where I get the project built. This blog is no equivalent of that billboard. To the extent that it invites comments or suggestions, it is only those and not "financing" nor other ownership involvements that it invites. Of course sellers of products or services relevant to completing my project would be welcome to talk with me, any such proposals being duly considered with reasonable speed. But no investors and especially no projects which are nothing but calls for me to donate capital to the offensively mismanaged and unreliable National Grid System.
I should also mention at this point that the original inspiring demonstration of what appeared at first glance to be an independent off grid electric generating system also wasn't quite what it seemed to be. Every solar aspect of the wildlife sanctuary system was a sucker bait demonstration created by crews of tax burning goofermint and quasi-governmental local area agencies. Not very well hidden at all was the veiled fist of criminal gangs in Nevada who had long since subverted land titles via fraudulent conveyancing to such an extent that, whether they knew it or not, the caretakers didn't actually own a speck of the dirt on which they built their wildlife sanctuary and their own home. From having chatted with them at some length over a period of years, I suspect that they never bothered *reading* the fine print in the title to the land and didn't know, nor was I about to educate them when they began an effort to have public donations "buy" that title subverted land for transfer to a charitable zoological corporation. I simply couldn't donate to the, knowingly or not, fraudulent process.
That primary characteristic of the "solar" industry, maintaining gang control over electricity supplies and human functionality, showed up in every design for solar systems that was presented to me in April 2008 when I visited with numerous "solar contractors" at a Home & Garden Show. Every system they had in mind was designed to flow "excess" electric generation onto the grid at whatever variable pricing the monopoly sales orgie might want to pay and to depend utterly on the grid for electricity at night, during stormy weather, and any other time when the generating capacity purchased might not be adequate to supply what the investor in such systems might want or need to be using. "Economic justification" depended entirely on rigged numbers pretending to describe the effects of tax benefits, assumed costs of construction, and assumed pricing of outflows to the grid and inflows from the grid. The monopoly sales orgie remained capable of shutting off electricity supplies at whim (or at the direction of the fascist controlled National Grid System) for whatever lengths of time might be chosen to cripple and maim the human activities of the investors in such systems. There was no storage capability whatsoever involved in any of those systems.
My previous knowledge of storage capabilities consisted of these aspects: (1) the inspiring wildlife sanctuary system had a concrete block battery building to create at least "some" electricity storage capacity; (2) the batteries involved were said to produce potentially explosive and therefore dangerous quantities of elemental hydrogen; (3) even with the numerous solar panels on the place, there was said to be a requirement to have a hydrocarbon fueled backup generating system for essential equipment such as the freezers where food supplies for the wildlife were preserved; (4) the concept of electric automobiles has long failed primarily on grounds of inadequate electric storage capacity measured on size/weight criteria along with absolute dependence on the same old National Grid System for recharging; and (5) a gungho salesman of solar panels dropped the discussion altogether the moment that I mentioned the necessity for adequate storage capacity for the electricity generated.
The impetus for this preliminary writeup of my solar electric generating project was the provision by a representative of the local monopoly sales orgie for the National Grid System of suggestions for how to compute "how much" storage would be needed for even a simple little system designed to supply only my Little House in the Desert. While I have been tending to think in terms of Kilowatt Hours, the rep suggested that I look at it in terms of the fundamental formula for the relationship between measures of electricity "volts / watts = amps". He then suggested that the type of battery most likely to be required was a marine grade deep cycle battery with a predicted ten year useful life and that I should look at the AmpHour ratings on batteries to determine "how many" would be required to satisfy my minimum storage requirements. It wasn't until months later that I discovered his "formula" was the inverse of reality but it did get me started on this writeup.
Another prospect of somewhat less probable successful outcome is the "buzz de buzzy buzzwords" venture capital run craporation which promotes itself as having a method of photovoltaic electric generation at a cost per unit of output said to be only 10% of the standard solar cells being offered by the "solar" industry. While showing nothing whatever in the way of actual materials nor equipment, the promoters were indicating a minimum 1 Megawatt plant size devoid of any information on the cost of building that minimum plant size. It is unclear whether their method would even be doable without the much larger land area and developed uses for electricity that I was looking for throughout my largely unsuccessful surreal estate searches. It never became clear whether those promoters have any adequate storage systems involved or whether they too are intending to be mere suppliers to the National Grid System.
Additional photos of the pair of extant solar electric generating systems discussed in this blog are available for your perusal in my online photo album Sun Power Applied . In any complex situation, there is of course always some predator or three endeavoring to sell "advice" on how to deal with it. One such promoter claims able to provide instructions on how to build solar systems cheaply. He begins his spiel "What if I told you, that by purchasing all the components individually and assembling it yourself, you can put together a complete system for less than $200 and start generating your own power right now". All you gotta do is provide your credit card number onto their infinitely hackable whirled wide wubb site and they assure you that you're gonna be charged fifty bucks (extra special limited time only reduced price from one hundred bucks) or so and maybe to send you some books (correction, they don't send anything, they "let you" download some E-books) that describe their version of how to do it "cheap cheap cheap" ;) and if you're really lucky there won't be multiple charges to your credit account and the ebooks might actually have "some" information about photovoltaic cells. Notice however that he didn't even say that he *was* going to tell you how to put together such a complete system, only asked "what if?" There are a lot of credibility gaps in the buzz de buzzy buzzwords "solar power" game.
For quite a while now, I've been asking around most places that might even
conceivably have some about "watcha got in the way of photovoltaic parts
or equipment?" Basically coming up empty handed with at most a few
toys based on ultra small solar type panels. Certainly nothing in
the way of parts for me to experiment with (and County Code would require
me to use a licensed solar installer for any substantive system anyway).
Meanwhile the scope of my interest in solar electric generation has been
narrowed from an entirely off grid development project of 40 acres or more
down to "what can I do with solar to solve my own personal problems getting
reliable electricity supplies?" That has resulted from a combination
of lack of genuinely ownable land to buy with my own developing arthritis
and other complications of aging.
Some further information starting to develop on the installation of a solar
generating system for my Little House in the Desert. Initiating aspect
was a telephone call from a representative of the local sales orgie for
the national grid system indicating that the only relevant aspect of the
"system shutdown" is that no generated power be fed onto the grid.
From a technical standpoint that part was obvious. It would be a
severe health and safety danger. But it is also important to understand
how blackouts occur. Blackouts are created when the control systems
run by the electricity sales orgies go screwy, whether due to national
political attack against geographic areas (as for example the *Ohio* originating
collapse of the grid which blacked out the entire Eastern Seaboard of the
United States for a considerable length of time) or local supply shortages
due to the intentionally disastrous political fraud of "deregulation" for
the purpose of removing control of electricity supplies from local people
and moving it into the hands of fascist criminal thugs on a national level,
mostly for purposes of extortion during the "Enron" era but also whenever
the national political thugs "wanna do it".
Still nothing from any of the "solar installers" that I have contacted
about a reliable continuous source of electricity for my needs, regardless
of what the national grid system's local sales orgie wants to do about
supplying anything over their lines. Latest word from that direction
is that maybe I'll hear something after one installer orgie is done with
all the last minute peeps wanting to take advantage of the "Federal tax
credit" which is nowhere near as significant as the sellers of tax credits
(rather than functional solar generating systems) pretend it to be.
Reason for today's addition to my going nowhere fast exploration of mining
electricity from the sun is the referral from somebody who saw my Sun
photo album and said it reminded him of the way that Orange
is doing things. My glance at that site suggested to me that it is
nothing but another glorification of providing free capital to the local
sales orgie for the national grid system with unclear benefits, if any,
which are readily modifiable and/or revocable by the sales orgie versus
the provider of the capital. Skepticism about that aspect aside,
the county code where my land is located specifies that any such system
be installed by licensed contractors, such as those who have been entirely
unresponsive thus far, which compounds the lack of reliability and subservience
to the sales orgie issues that I am concerned about.
Spent this afternoon at a Home & Garden Show at the county fairgrounds.
Among the exhibitors were a whole slew of "solar installers" supposedly
knowledgeable and licensed to install solar electric generating systems.
I talked with several of them and was chagrined to find that none of
them was even aware of the name of a manufacturer of thin film technology
solar panels which began full scale production on 090909. Having
denied even recognizing the *name* of the manufacturer, one of them went
so far as to assert that the solar panels in question were "not UL approved"
and therefore not something which her firm would be willing to install.
How she could presume to know that the panels were not UL approved without
even knowing the name of the company manufacturing them is not within the
realm of my logical abilities to absorb as anything other than bluster
(and intent to promote buggy whip technologies in much the same fashion
that a then monopolist producer of paper card punching machines maintained
that punch cards were a "forever" technology all the while the Personal
Computer Revolution was getting rolling to at least temporarily undermine
that company's entire mainframe fraudocracy). Anybody besides me
and a few other old timers even *seen* a card punch machine let alone had
to futz with one? Her ignorance based assertion annoyed me sufficiently
that I went to the company's spec
I was informed that the panels are certified under UL 1703 for electric
safety and UL certified for Class-A fire resistance.
The silence from the pretended installers of "solar systems" has been deafening.
Not a one of those contacted immediately after the 091106 Home & Garden
Show has responded to my email inquiries, neither with regard to a solar
system for my Little House nor for my prospective off grid system.
My latest attempt to buy some vacant land fell through yesterday (the egregiously
encumbered "owner of record" came through moments before my bid was scheduled
to be automatically revoked anyway by the standard terms of real estate
contracts with proposed aggravating changes to what was already a contract
ludicrously lopsided in his favor). So I decided to spend a few moments
today researching what might be available for me to putter with in the
way of solar generating parts and equipment without further waiting for
the phony "installers", blatantly corrupt with the abusive sales orgie
for the national grid system, to get around to replying to my inquiries.
Found a few possible leads for information and parts via googling "solar
panels". Discarded automatically the frauds intending only to dump
an abusive salesman into my office to play a high pressure sales game against
me. Found a few that appeared to be genuine sellers of solar generating
parts and equipment including Solar
Panel Store, the
Chinese manufacturer Shine
Solar, and a company
calling itself Affordable
a complete list of what is available from the search engine on the subject,
but makes me feel better to include at least some leads in this blog.
It occurred to me this morning that I have been using an off grid electric
generating system for many years now without thinking of it as such.
The generating part of the system is hydrocarbon based which makes it useless
for purposes of energy independence. But the use of the electricity
generated involves feeding the direct current from a DC battery to a small
power inverter which converts it to the alternating current required by
most electrical devices. I plug my small wattage requiring 110 volt
AC device into that inverter and it does what it is supposed to do.
The inverter involved won't handle any larger wattages, maximum of 400
watts, which means I can't run a device such as a microwave oven off of
that inverter (typical 1100 watt requirement and the lowest powered microwave
I've ever found required 600 watt power source). But it has been
sufficient for several years to power my portable computer with its aircard
communications system when I travel and plug the inverter into my hydrocarbon
powered vehicle's 12 volt battery maintained electrical system. Other
than its wattage limitations, that off grid electric system has frankly
been more reliable than any of the National Grid System's participating
sales orgies have been in decades.