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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Natural Resources
Ann R. Thryft   6/18/2013 12:14:45 PM
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I agree that for consumer or commercial buyers, higher quality is better. And I was afraid you'd say that, Mydesign--that the "cheapest is best" philosophy is so widespread. Apparently, from the manufacturer's/seller's standpoint it makes for higher profits.

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Re: Natural Resources
Mydesign   6/17/2013 11:31:31 PM
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"I think part of the problem is also because consumers, at least here in the US, have been taught that cheap is good and cheapest is best."

Ann, that's there everywhere. Those who are going behind such cheap goods have only some short term goals.  But for long term goals, only quality products can sustain and have better yield.



Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Natural Resources
Ann R. Thryft   6/13/2013 12:32:18 PM
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Mydesign, some Chinese manufacturers do make quality products. There are many of these products in the US. There are also many cheaply made, poorly made products that don't last or even work right. A similar range of quality used to exist in the US, before most of our manufacturing went to China. The difference depends at least partly on what the US-based/global company requires of those manufacturers. I have noticed that the low end of "cheaply made/doesn't work right" products has dropped even lower since we offshored so much manufacturing. I think part of the problem is also because consumers, at least here in the US, have been taught that cheap is good and cheapest is best.

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Re: Natural Resources
Mydesign   6/13/2013 4:40:04 AM
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"Those USA companies were killed due to China prices. Perhaps, if the panels are cheap enough from China... then the ROI will be short. And the world will benefit."

Cabe, when we compare Chinese and rest of the world products in terms of price and quality, always china is out of the list. They cannot make quality products at a dam cheap price.



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Re: Natural Resources
Mydesign   6/13/2013 4:37:53 AM
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Ann, please. We are eager to know about your findings.

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Natural Resources
Cabe Atwell   6/11/2013 4:13:56 PM
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I am looking forward to your findings.

C

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Natural Resources
Ann R. Thryft   6/11/2013 3:04:29 PM
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Stay tuned, Cabe. I'm working on a blog about China's solar panels, price consequences, etc.

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Re: Natural Resources
Cabe Atwell   6/10/2013 7:44:23 PM
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Mydesign,

Those USA companies were killed due to China prices.

Perhaps, if the panels are cheap enough from China... then the ROI will be short. And the world will benefit.

However, ROI has to factor in the energy used to produce the panel.

C

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Re: Natural Resources
Mydesign   5/31/2013 3:59:01 AM
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"After the 6 year wait period, how much longer will those panels function? Will maintenance be costly to a point where the only option is to junk the panel? Keep in mind, after 6 years or a decade, parts may be impossible to come by"

Cabe, what I understood is under normal situation, panels can function well up to 20 years. But the tubular battery has to be replacing once in 5 years and other electronics parts like UPS/Inverter functionality cannot be predictable.

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Re: Natural Resources
Cabe Atwell   5/30/2013 12:32:34 AM
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Mydesign,

After the 6 year wait period, how much longer will those panels function? Will maintenance be costly to a point where the only option is to junk the panel? Keep in mind, after 6 years or a decade, parts may be impossible to come by. If you bought a panel from USA based Solyndra or Flebeg Solar U.S. Corp, you are out of luck. They both went bankrupt.

I would like to know if solar is useful or not. I will have to do some research... (I'll make a post too)

C

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