Re: I wish to place a bet...
I hear ya loud and clear Ian.
I'm just looking for a monocrystalline panel right now, mainly through amazon, ebay and google.
I'm IN the USA and all I can seem to find (cost +project fit in wise) are coming from China. No wonder they targeted Chinese panels with tariff.
Every panel manufacturer I go to has no prices. They want to install. Feels like the greenwash profiteers have invaded with their freaking ppt presentations and 2MB pdf files just to find NO GOD DAMN PRICES!
Or maybe we should head over to battery manufacturers. Another fucking black art.
And Dear Amazon.com why when I fuckin type in solar panel 140 watt do I get everything from light bulbs to 400, 500, 600, 1000 watt inverters?! SOLAR PANEL AMAZON, PANEL!! +panel -"inverter"
ebay - stocked from China, unanswered questions about ITC tariff. Forget it I ain't bidding on that!
Google Shopping - come on.. solar panel 140 watt (not bad, yet overpriced (shipping or price) selection) change search to 145 watt (results in Bronze Circulator Pumps - bzzzzt FAIL) 150 watt - and we're back down to the $150 10 watt spam crap again.
I swear I am supposed to be a tech, and I am finding it harder and harder to find the most simple fucking parts these days. No I don't want to spend $5 a pop on a radio shack brand friggin PL259/RG58 connector (searching ebay is only slightly more productive) why why why, when I only paid $10 dollars for the fucking CB!? Of course I can find some coming from Hong Kong for .99 cents if I want to wait three months.
Anyway Ian, your right, there will be a VAT tax or some similar crap to target it and fuck up the cost, making most people never try it.