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Solar is now at $.50 a watt for panels and about $1 a watt for complete systems  RSS feed

 
Michael Bushman
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There are lots of suppliers out there who can and should be able to do this.   You can find cheaper panels but currently we have German made and US made panels in the $.55 to $.70 per watt on the panel end and with a string inverter you are well under $1 a watt.  I won't list my company as I am not advertising but other major wholesalers like Soligent, CED, and others should be able to match our prices.  Online resellers and places like Ebay will probably remain high so I just wanted to pass this info on so people can get the most solar for the money.

China told everyone they were going to install gigawatts this year, everyone ramped up inventory then they cancelled.  You can call this government stupidity or a move to crush foreign competitors but regardless, it means there is a glut of panels on the market for at least the next two quarters.  Prices will probably rise a bit toward the end of the second quarter next year.
 
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Poor men cant afford cheap utility infrastructure and power elecrtonics!

Warranty matters, quality is paramount. If you have non-blemished american and german modules that also meet the power test standards, id like to see them. If i spend $250k, i can get suniva blems, that are made 100 miles from me at $.55/watt....

Suntech, gone... enphase, gone...canadian solar modules have poor connectirs that are falling out of the cheap chinese micro inverter connectors onnsystems that I installed at the request of the dealer installer houses that sell the systems installed by my team.

Not saying that you cant find acceptable equipment on the budget import side, but buyer beware.

Once you have installed and owned solarworld, outback, sma, magnum, fronius etc, you get spoiled, and in a good way. By comparison the cheapies are... well cheap, you cannot beat spending a few cents per watt more for good quality from companies with 30-plus year history of transferrable warranty that almost never needs to be replaced under warranty! Cheers.
 
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frank li wrote:Poor men cant afford cheap utility infrastructure and power elecrtonics!

Once you have installed and owned solarworld, outback, sma, magnum, fronius etc, you get spoiled, and in a good way. By comparison the cheapies are... well cheap, you cannot beat spending a few cents per watt more for good quality from companies with 30-plus year history of transferrable warranty that almost never needs to be replaced under warranty! Cheers.


I agree, which is why we only sell 1st quality Tier 1 equipment and you in fact mention some of the stuff we carry like SolarWorld, SMA, Fronius, etc.

I didn't post this to troll for customers but if you want to send me a purple mossage me, I am happy to tell you more.   With us, you don't have to spend $250k to get good pricing.   For example we offer to our customers our design service with is $100 for a turnkey residential grid tie system, that isn't just a line drawing, that is a complete permit package.

Oh, and we don't sell blemished or damaged goods, we donate them to places like Habitat for Humanity.   We recently had some panels with broken glass and we donated them to a local tech school for use in various projects.

 
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Good show! Ill moosage you tonite.
 
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Okay, we just beat the $1 threshold.   We are offering German manufactured Qcell 275s along with APS microinverters, all brand new equipment AND racking for $.95 a kilowatt.   That is an amazing price and won't last too long.   Anyone who buys through here I will donate my commission to Permies as I didn't start this thread to make money but anyone in solar will tell you that this deal is amazing and I wanted to pass it on.  
 
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