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  • SBT Designs
    Sep 22, 2005
      I suppose. SEI has also taken a lot of solar business away from and out of
      the state from Texas solar vendors.

      There is a tendency for Texas government agencies, municipalities,
      non-profits and utilities to take funds from Texas taxpayers and rate payers
      and send that money out of state to other suppliers and vendors due to some
      mistaken perception that resources and skills may not be present here in the
      state. It is disturbing when Texas vendors also concede business
      opportunities to out of state vendors and pretend non-profits.

      If and when we conduct business in our communities and with local businesses
      our local funds, resources, sales taxes and pay checks stay in our community
      and help to build our Texas communities by paying wages, feeding our
      families, paying property taxes and sales taxes. Our funds stay in our
      community. In that regard, it is certainly a mistake if not immoral for our
      own state/county government, cities, businesses and local non-profits to
      encourage our citizens to conduct business out of the state. I would think
      that fact would be more than obvious.

      I have conducted numerous presentations on Net-metered Solar Power Systems
      for the San Antonio chapter of the AIA, for the Houston Greenbuilding
      Council chapter and for the South Texas chapter of the Energy Engineering
      Association. If the Renewable Energy Fair occurs this weekend there will be
      similar presentations available in Fredericksburg. It is incumbent upon
      Texas solar vendors to step up to the plate and provide this type of
      educational and informational service if there is a valid demand and
      requirement here in the state. It is vitally important we not concede this
      business to out of state vendors and pretend non-profits.

      Steven Shepard
      SBT Designs
      25581 IH-10 West
      San Antonio, Texas 78257
      (210) 698-7109

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Andrew McCalla" <andrew@...>
      To: <hreg@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2005 9:49 AM
      Subject: RE: [hreg] backup solar system

      > Noyes,
      > One of the best training programs anywhere is Solar Energy International,
      > www.solarenergy.org. They are not in Texas but they have done a workshop
      > here every year for the past eight, every year is better and better. The
      > next one is, it looks like, March 27. That program does not, nor does any
      > program for that matter, make you a solar contractor, but it gives you an
      > excellent foundation onto which you can add by working with a company
      > involved in what you would like to do.
      > Regarding your small system: You could find a ton of stuff on the web for
      > sure, and there are some great pre-packaged systems for some of the
      > smaller
      > loads you mentioned. However, if you want to boil water when all hits the
      > fan for under $1500, you are probably going to be looking to a camp or
      > propane stove, or a small internal combustion generator.
      > Andrew H. McCalla
      > Meridian Energy Systems
      > 2300 S. Lamar, Ste. 107
      > Austin, TX 78704
      > Voice: (512) 448-0055
      > Fax: (512) 448-0045
      > www.meridiansolar.com
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
      > noyes
      > livingston
      > Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 6:30 PM
      > To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [hreg] backup solar system
      > to anyone interested in giving some advice:
      > 1. is there a training program in the state of texas
      > where one can study to become a solar contractor?
      > 2. is there anyone interested in giving advice,
      > contacts to find the equiptment and the feedback as i
      > am ready to build a small, portable system that would
      > power two lights, a radio, a fan and perhaps something
      > to boil water or heat food in the event of a power
      > outage for 3-5 days? my budget would be appx.
      > $1000-$1500.
      > i have procastinated on this for some time. i would
      > appreciate it if someone would be willing to
      > communicate with me on this matter. while i was not
      > smart enough to plan for hurricane rita this time, i
      > don't want to put off this idea that i have yet to put
      > into action.
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