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11049RE: [hreg] Trade War with China Could Cripple US Solar Industry - responding

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  • kevin conlin
    Jan 16, 2012
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      Michele,

       

      I have a few questions, if you’ll contact me off line I’ll try to help

       

      Best Regards,

       

      Kevin

       

      Kevin Conlin

      Heliosolar Design Inc

      PO Box 1938

      Alief, TX 77411

      281-202-9629

      kevin@...

       

       

       

       

      From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of MIchele Arnold
      Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 7:17 PM
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [hreg] Trade War with China Could Cripple US Solar Industry - responding

       

       

      Dear Kevin and Andrea,

      First, thank you for being there and caring about solar as I do.
      I bought my 1949 Bellaire cottage in 1993 before any McBricks or “mold catchers” were built. The natural gas-powered water heater in my garage at that time (mounted on a wood platform) says Mor-Flo, Johnson City, TN 1988. It still provides me hot water quickly, even with the thermostat set low to save energy. It was only bled once, probably in the late 1990s. It can’t last forever, and I asked my plumber about solar-powered. Nope. He’ll sell and install the kind I have now or the tankless ones made in China. I told him I NEVER buy from China if I can help it. I care not about what a tank looks like on my roof and want to be prepared for the morning I go to shower and it’s all cold! I have not one jot or tiddle of talent in handyman things. Is there someone who can help me?
      Michele

      Based on what I've read in
      "Solar Water Heating--Revised & Expanded Edition: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series)" by Bob Ramlow,  a person who installs a solar water heater does not need to be as specialized as with solar PV. Probably a plumber, or even a good handyman, could do it after reading the book. There are probably reviews online on the best systems. There is a lot of information in the book on selecting a system, also. Getting the right system for your needs and environment is very important.
       
      I'm sure someone on the list will respond and be able to help you though. Solar thermal does make a lot of sense, and I will install one as soon as I've found the home in which I want to settle down. None of this HOA nonsense.
       
      Regards,
      Andrea


      From: kevin conlin <kevin@...>
      Organization: Heliosolardesign LLC
      Reply-To: <hreg@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:32:35 -0600
      To: <hreg@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: RE: [hreg] Trade War with China Could Cripple US Solar Industry - responding

       
       
       
         

      Not sure, Michele, I’ll have to defer to the other energy experts on this list……
       
      Because of potential freezing in winter, and overheating in summer, Houston does offer some unique challenges
       
      In the mid 80’s approx. $50,000,000 in solar water heaters were sold in Harris County, the vast majority were installed poorly and failed quickly, BUT

      a properly designed and installed solar water heater should last as long as a PV system, the trick is selecting a high quality tank and replacing the anode periodically
       
      (Some of the better tanks come with two anodes)
       
      Do you have an electric or gas water heater?
       
      Best Regards,
       
      Kevin


      Kevin Conlin
      Heliosolar Design Inc
      PO Box 1938
      Alief, TX 77411
      281-202-9629
      kevin@...
       
       
       
       

      From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of MIchele Arnold
      Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 5:40 PM
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [hreg] Trade War with China Could Cripple US Solar Industry

        

      Dear Kevin,
      Where can I buy a solar water heater in Houston and who can install?
      Michele Arnold


      From: kevin conlin <! ;kevin@...>
      Organization: Heliosolardesign LLC
      Reply-To: <hreg@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:27:48 -0600
      To: <hreg@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: RE: [hreg] Trade War with China Could Cripple US Solar Industry

       
       
       
         

      Solar thermal water heating is cost effective in Houston when replacing an electric water heater, but it’s a hard sell
       
      The problem is nobody in Houston gets excited about putting a water heater on their roof
       
      Energy wise, China produces more solar water heaters than PV panels
       

      Kevin Conlin
      Heliosolar Design Inc
      PO Box 1938
      Alief, TX 77411
      281-202-9629
      kevin@...
       
       
       
       

      From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Andrea Wisner
      Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 3:53 PM
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [hreg] Trade War with China Could Cripple US Solar Industry


      I'm still wondering is there's a resource out there as to in which markets solar in cost-effective and which it's not. There was another email suggesting it's more cost-effective in Central America. What is the balance for Houston?

       

      Andrea

       

      From: ralph parrott <ralph.parrott@...>
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 2:24 PM
      Subject: [hreg] Trade War with China Could Cripple US Solar Industry


        

      Friday, January 13, 2012

      Miami Herald
      by Jigar Shah

      Six decades ago, Gen. Omar Bradley warned that expanding the Korean War into China would be "the wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong enemy." Now the same could be said about the trade war that is brewing with China in the solar energy industry.

      Cutting off China and threatening U.S. solar jobs started in October when a German company with a manufacturing facility in Oregon filed a trade complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce demanding that punitive tariffs be imposed on solar panels and cells imported from China. Just before New Year's Day, several U.S. manufacturers filed a similar petition against China and Vietnam seeking special surcharges on wind towers imported from these countries.

      Now that the first shots have been fired, there's a growing danger that China will retaliate. Already, China is considering asking the World Trade Organization to investigate alleged unfair practices in U.S. clean energy policies, including programs in Washington, California, New Jersey, Ohio and Massachusetts.

      If these frictions ignite a full-scale trade war, our country's casualties could include eliminating many of 100,000-plus good-paying jobs (which have been expected to grow to almost 124,000 at the end of 2012), delaying dozens of solar energy projects, raising prices for consumers, reducing our energy security, and reversi! ng the progress of an industry that is running an all-too-rare trade surplus with the rest of the world, including China.

      For all the sound and fury, low prices for solar panels and cells aren't the problem, and protectionism isn't the solution. Several decades of private investment, public support and scientific progress are bearing fruit for a U.S. solar energy industry that now can generate electricity with costs, in some markets, that are competitive with power produced from fossil fuels.

      At a time when the growth rate in the entire economy is a sluggish 0.7 percent, the U.S. solar industry, now numbering almost 5,000 companies, is expanding at a rate of 6.8 percent a year. Since 2009, the sector has doubled its workforce, providing more than 100,000 high-skilled, high-wage jobs, including installers, technicians and professionals in scientific research, finance and allied services.





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