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8/17/2009 08:00 PM EDT
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GrandeWizard
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GrandeWizard   8/31/2009 12:39:54 AM
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As of late June, a new Chinese startup company by the name of Centron Solar has opened their headquarters right here in Eugene, Oregon. It certainly doesn't look very Chinese at first look on their website: www.centronsolar.com, and Centron is registered as a Foreign Business Corporation with jurisdiction Delaware: http://egov.sos.state.or.us/br/pkg_web_name_srch_inq.show_detl?p_be_rsn=1404813&p_srce=BR_INQ&p_print=FALSE Seems odd that a company who settled with an unpaid intern (who was used for free labor,) registers their company 2 days after they ask the intern to not show up any more.http://egov.sos.state.or.us/br/pkg_web_name_srch_inq.show_detl?p_be_rsn=1404813&p_srce=BR_INQ&p_print=FALSE http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/business/18590037-41/story.csp Here are some of the first News articles that burst out on the scene in Oregon revolving Centron: http://www.centronsolar.com/index.php?action=aboutus.news_events How does an unheard of foreign business corporation "start-up" launch off with that much influence in media, and government support? Centron Solar import solar panels from lesser known solar panel manufacturers in China ( www.nesl.cn and www.jetion.com.cn ) Then, they have conspired to brand these solar panels with their logo and model numbers. For instance, have a look at Centron Solar's product sheet http://centronsolar.com/index.php?action=products.prod_overview Centron's models: CS-S-175-DJ CS-S-189-DJ These two models are actually from Chanzhou NESL Solartech in China, and their rightful model numbers are: Changzhou NESL Solartech DJ-175D Changzhou NESL Solartech DJ-180D http://nesl.cn/Product.asp?Action=View&ProductID=71&Catalog=0 Let's see what Centron President Ocean Yuan claims in the Oregonian:http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2009/07/chinese_startup_based_in_eugen.html Funny how the journalist at the Oregonian wrote this article prior:http://www.oregonlive.com/special/index.ssf/2009/02/helping_china_go_green.html Both these models are listed on the California Energy Commissions "Eligible for Subsidies," which also applies in Oregon and the Northwest in general: http://www.gosolarcalifornia.org/equipment/pvmodule.html, but Centron's model numbers are nowhere to be found on that list, yet they are selling them on the U.S market under their "consortium," which in reality is NESL and Jetion. Centron's 220W model which is actually purchased from the Chinese solar manufacturer Jiangyin Jetion Science and Technology : CS-P-220-JT Jetion Model number: JT220(30)P1655×992 *Notice that Centron Solar has kept the "DJ" from NESL and "JT" from Jetion. For whatever reason, Centron Solar are able to sell their panels with their model numbers to both Nike in Beaverton, and the Oregon National Guard in Portland, and still they are eligible for subsidies? Or are they? According to both EWEB (Eugene's utility company) and AEE Solar (Nations larges solar panel distributor;) Because Centron Solar's models are not listed on the "eligible for subsidies" list, they cannot sell their panels on our subsidized market. However, Centron Solar has managed to sneak their model numbers onto PV Powered (solar power inverter systems headquartered in Bend, OR) string sizing: http://pvpowered.com/usage_terms_string_sizer.php (Look for Centron Solar in drop down box.) There is no trace that Centron Solar is merely distributing modules which have already been approved on the "eligibility" list, not as Centron Solar. Remember, Centron is a "consortium of 30 manufacturers." -...Riiiight... Centron Solar claims that they are a consortium representing 30 manufacturers in China who have come together to create Centron's product line. This is how Centron Solar launched their product at the Intersolar2009 trade show in SF early July. Centron solar also claims they can sell their panels 10% cheaper than any competitor on the U.S market, including their Chinese counterparts such as the biggest solar company in China- Suntech. I spoke with a government relations manager for Solarworld USA who said they had done a feasibility report on the production cost of NESL's solar panels. It was impossible- unless the production cost was subsidized by the Chinese government, thus breaking the FTC's Imports Administrations anti-dumping laws. http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=219400273 (Proud to announce the "walmartization" of the U.S solar industry administered and operated by Chinese enterprise.) Both NESL Solartech and Jetion have offices in California, but because no distributor is brave enough to pick up their products- they have designed a way to bypass protectionism and antitrust, through a channel called Centron Solar. This is why they are announching extravagant promises of 350 jobs in Eugene by making the old Hynix building an assembly plant (For the chinese manufacturers NESL/Jetion,) and another 100 jobs in Vancouver, Washington by taking over the old Panasonic building there. Centron Solar claims to warrant their products with 10, 10 and 25 year warranties... this is not Centron Solar that warrants these products, it is the manufacturers in China themselves (look at their websites.) Vancouver, Washington: http://columbian.com/article/20090804/BIZ01/708049969/-1/BIZ Apparently it is illegal for Centron Solar to carry the UL certification logo, as it is not Centron Solar who has been inspected by UL, it is (again) their manufacturers in China. Pardon me for caring, but this is an absolute atrocity. Our government subsidies and tax payer moneys have become a feeding ground for predatory Foreign Business Corporations like Centron Solar. Centron Solar will send roughly 80-85% profit of their sales straight back into China.From my understanding the stimulus bills in form of renewable energy subsidies are meant to aid recovery of our deficit, stimulate growth in american renewable energy businesses, innovation and creativity. It has been brought to my attention that the people involved in Centron Solar are tied in with government officials who are aiming at profiting from this business. This is an absolute perversion of our constitution and judicial legislature and needs to be stopped immediately. It is imperative that Tobias Read of district 27, also a product line developer for Nike, should be questioned about his intentions with Centron Solar, and purchasing "ineligible for subsidy" solar panels from them? The legal firm representing Centron is Davis Wright Tremaine LLC in Portland, Oregon. Former Washington governor Gary Locke was a noted attorney for this law firm, now he is the U.S Chamber of Commerce Secretary! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Wright_Tremaine It is imperative that secret affiliation and financial interest in this company is exposed promptly. For those who think Solar, let alone Chinese Solar is just an unprofitable pipe-dream, think again. China's riches man is the founder and CEO of Suntech, a Chinese solar panel outfit which operates in the U.S: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/10/billionaires08_Shi-Zhengrong_EP46.html Also, please have a look at Centron's advisory board: http://centronsolar.com/index.php?action=aboutus.advisory_bd Greg Evans- Since when did a startup company in the U.S need a political advisor? Let alone the president of the NAACP for Oregon/Washington. The NAACP seem to have an overwhelmingly interest in green development lately, in efforts to destruct our renewable energy sector in order to rebuild it under the realm of "Social Justice." Obama's green jobs advisor, Van Jones, has diligently pushed for this political vision and agenda since appointment as "green jobs Czar/Advisor." Greg Evans is also the Vice President Board member of Lane Transit District, and said this about Centron Solar in the newspapers: "This is very legit, Trust me!" http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/cityregion/16800609-46/story.csp David S Thomson- 13 year veteran of the finance group Siebert Bradford Shank & Co. Lives in Seattle, Washington. He was appointed to lead their transportation finance efforts on the west-coast. Perhaps this is how Greg Evans, and David Thomson know eachother? http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=6858070 It seems odd that Centron Solar has had such immense political and media support before even earning $1 in sales revenue in both Oregon and Washington lately, and made it through media channels to USA today. Centron Solar, besides Bruce O'Neil and Tobias Read of Nike, are being marketed through Polaris, Inc. http://www.polaris-inc.com/index.php?action=about.NewsInfo&rowid=183. This should provide you with enough facts about what is going on behind the scenes in the Oregon solar industry, and who is aiming to profit from it. However, it is important to consider those who will be hurt as the result of Centron Solar as well (although apparently, our green energy leaders claim we need to de-industrialize and "re-build" our renewable energy sector, so that kids in the LA, NY, TX, OH etc. ghettos can get jobs first.) By allowing Centron Solar to monopolize with their Wal-mart agenda, it will deflate the entire renewable energy sector in this country, and dumping of Chinese products will cause the prices of solar to go down. The same effect Wal-Mart on our businesses here at home will happen with our Solar businesses here at home. We invented solar technology, we should therefore be able to innovate them- according to Bill Keith who was coined the "renewable energy patriot" by Senator Lugar of Indiana, and Phil Angeledes- former Treasurer of California and Chairman of the Apollo Alliance.

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re: Solar startup aims as shakeout looms
GrandeWizard   8/21/2009 3:52:19 AM
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"We're like a Walmart?" How is another Walmart good for this economy????????????

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re: Solar startup aims as shakeout looms
Jimmymac0   8/18/2009 11:41:06 PM
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Why would you cover this story?? It is clearly a bunch of BS. It flies in the face of reality. And you wonder why your publication is so thin??

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re: Solar startup aims as shakeout looms
GrandeWizard   8/18/2009 12:01:26 AM
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Centron Solar is not an approved manufacturer in California or the US. Their manufacturer is ChangZhou NESL SolarTech, and anyone may purchase directly from them through their website www.shinesolar.net. Also, if worth mentioning, if you wish to have your panels approved by CEC and other requirements in the US, you cannot falsely misrepresent the manufacturer. Therefore, you can purchase 3 different packages from www.enf.cn for around ?300 which grants you a tour of their facility in China. Don't be fooled by this consortium nonsense, both Centron Solar's 175W and 180W have been distributed in Europe before Centron even launched their consortia at Intersolar2009 in SF. Panta Marketing & Services in Malta had these modules on their product list before Centron. It's all a hoax...

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