Oasis Montana Inc.
Renewable Energy Supply and Design
406-777-4321or 4309
e-mail: info@oasismontana.com
Home Page: www.oasismontana.com

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For grid-tied power systems, www.grid-tie.com
Solar water pumping:  www.PVsolarpumps.com
Non-electric gas appliances, www.LPappliances.com
Efficient and DC appliances, www.eco-fridge.com
And our main page at www.oasismontana.com


Winter 2001/2002 Flier
Times and lifestyles are changing in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attack in NYC, DC and PA. We in the renewable energy industry hope that those responsible will be brought to justice—but we also hope that we as a nation will resolve to be energy independent of those oil-producing nations who hold our purse strings due to our dependence on their oil. Earlier in 2001, the current presidential administration was negotiating with the Taliban in Afghanistan regarding the oil-rich deposits around the Caspian Sea. Wouldn’t it be great to never have to do business with those jerks—or with any country who would compromise our energy security? We hope to offer some alternatives and insights as to how we can positively effect the changes necessary for energy independence—with the side effect of a cleaner environment.
 THINK GREEN! 
—Chris Daum of Oasis MT

THANK YOU for your interest in renewable energy and Oasis Montana Inc! Whether you have a remote home, RV, ham radio, emergency back-up project, or are upgrading an existing system, do not hesitate to call or e-mail us with your power needs; we'd be glad to specify a system sized for your unique power requirements. We offer competitive pricing on a variety of components, and we also may know where to refer you for that obscure item you seek.

For those of you who aren’t "on line" or are beginning your project, we have an extremely informative 40 page Design Guide and 141 page Product Catalog for ten dollars ($18 out of country)—essential for your energy library! Products, system sizing, pricing, components, energy efficient and LP appliances, battery care, gas generators and wind turbines are just some of the topics covered.

We have several new web sites for you to peruse at your convenience. For efficient appliances, see www.eco-fridge.com; for solar modules, www.PVsolarmodules.com; for our gas appliance offerings, www.LPappliances.com—which includes gas refrigerators, ranges and freezers. Our main index page is www.oasismontana.com/PV_index.html — which offers information on inverters, batteries, wind generators, and pretty much all of the goods we offer. There’s a great deal of information on our site—please feel free to utilize it.

Regarding crude oil, according to a recently published book by a petroleum engineer (who also taught at Princeton for years), we will see world oil production peak somewhere between 2004–2008 (this same model was used in the 50’s to correctly project U.S. production peaking in the early 70’s). Use your imagination to think where the cost of oil will go as the developing world grows their economies (particularly India, China, Indonesia, Brazil). Would it be grand—and smart—if more policymakers believed we should use dwindling fossil fuels to develop renewable energy —use the energy in a barrel of oil to build PV modules and subsidize clean fuel cell technologies?
The Importance of Energy Efficiency: Many first-time inquiries shock the would-be customer — "I can’t believe that system would cost SO MUCH! Why is the cost so high?" Powering a conventional home with renewable sources is unnecessarily expensive—you don’t have to live in the cold, or in the dark, but you do need to utilize appliances that use considerably less electricity. Most homes powered by renewables use one to five kilowatt-hours a day (one thousand to five thousand watt-hours) - about 5 to 15% what a conventional "energy hog" home uses. Those efficiencies are achieved by using efficient refrigeration, compact fluorescent lighting, other efficient appliances, and most heating loads are provided by natural or propane gas (cooking, space heating, water heating, clothes drying), wood, or by incorporating a passive solar design into the home at the onset. Planning a house from the ground up will tend to make such efficient use of energy much more plausible, with a design that uses less energy for the same comfort level. Some things are simply very costly to power with renewables—typically baseboard heat and air conditioning are not feasible due to the huge load this takes (interesting that 40 to 50 years ago, hardly anyone had air conditioning, and now many feel they "can’t live without it"). Phantom loads are a problem – like the instant-on circuitry in your TV, which typically uses about 20-30 watts per hour for every hour the unit is off. Multiply that by two hundred million households or so, and you’ve got the output of several 1GW power plants, per day, just to keep our TVs turned OFF! Stereos, office equipment, microwave ovens all can be put on their own switch so they are turned on only when in use. Proper design helps eliminate loads like heat tape and all-night yard lights.

Several thousand dollars spent on upgrading to a more efficient lifestyle will save you more energy and reduce your electric bill more than an equal amount spent on a power system producing your own energy.

 Incorporating some passive solar (whether for hot water or air) into your home and practicing conservation techniques are things you can do to make a difference NOW. And, you’ll have to do these things prior to a serious investigation of solar or wind energy anyway. It’s simply the best place to start!

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Now in autumn, we are enjoying cool and wet (even snowy) conditions, but it was one hot and smoky summer and fall for many parts of the western U.S., and Montana was no exception. We were smug with our good snowpack, back in spring. Then our summer started with a week of 100+ degree weather, and continued to stay hot. We were blanketed in smoke from the horrific fires (1.3 million acres burned) until the middle of September, and unfortunately, many homes and a few lives have been lost. We have been able to help some people with water pumping to protect their properties, but our drought conditions and warm temps made for a very dry western tinderbox. If only those folks in Texas could’ve share perhaps 1/20th of their deluge from their state…

Even so, the garden and fruit trees kept us busy, and despite the smoke we still enjoyed camping, fishing, and canoeing in our local river (even though the water was quite low). We hope our legislators will work on commonsense future measures to mitigate the effects of warming temperatures and prolonged drought. One thought we have had (since we were less than a mile from our local small airport, a helibase that launched many helicopters and other aircraft for fighting fires) is that actual planning for these events would be a good idea (seeing as they are now part of our new normal)—how about reservoirs near these airports to make hauling the big buckets faster and more affordable? Here in Stevensville, we have several large irrigation ditches in close proximity to our airfield…. Well, it’s just my 2 cents worth!

PICOCELL controller inverter for array-direct water pumping for your 240VAC AC pump
In this issue we have some new products to share; one is an exciting new AC pump controller/inverter that can run your 240VAC (or 120V, or 3 phase, or 230VAC 50 hz) 1/3 to 2 horsepower pump directly off of a solar array – click here for more information on the PICOCELL controller/inverter (cost: $1220 plus shipping). This exciting new technology is designed for off-grid use, or emergency back-up. We have installation manuals, spec sheets, and pump kit information on our water pumping site.  Call or e-mail for more information.

New, small Energy Star rated AC refrigerator
We also have a new, small AC refrigerator, 7.1 cu.ft. for your home or cabin, the CP972SS. It’s a great size for space-limited kitchens, only 22”W x 22”D x 57”H and will sell at the great price of $459 plus shipping. With its lean size, the CP972SS is the ideal refrigerator for studio apartments, yachts, offices, and other settings in need of reliable cooling in a slim-fitting footprint. Visit here for more information on this and other (larger) refrigerators.

The best nuclear generating station is 93 million miles away, and is available for pretty much everyone!
Thomas Edison quote on Solar Energy

Iron Edison Batteries
We also have a new line of batteries to offer, manufactured by Iron Edison;
visit our information on this exciting new product line.

WHY IS THE PRICE OF SOLAR MODULES LIKELY TO INCREASE?

The International Trade Commission (ITC) is responding to a lawsuit brought about by SolarWorld and Suniva (U.S. module manufacturers) that low cost imported (i.e. Chinese) solar modules have hurt their competitiveness, so they are asking for a tariff on imported solar panels to ‘level the playing field’. Many pro-solar groups are opposing these tariffs, as they will increase the dollar-per-watt cost of installed solar power systems, and very negatively impact job growth in the solar sector – which had been bourgeoning in the past few years. In fact, it is estimated that 1 out of 50 new jobs is in the renewable energy sector. The ITC has approved tariffs, but it will be up the President Trump to set the rate; those of us in the industry are waiting to see what will happen, and many jobs are on hold pending the decision. It sounds like costs may go up 10% to as much as 40%. For more information visit:  https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/10/31/breaking-usitc-recommends-quotas-tariffs-on-crystalline-silicon-solar-imports/  

Renewable Energy (and related) news bites

             1912 Warning on coal cuasing climate change

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES:

  • When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.
    --Jens Stoltenberg
  • Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don't feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.
    --Marilyn Monroe
  • The cost of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
    –Ralph Nader
  • The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can't but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.
    –Enya
  • A kestrel can and does hover in the dead calm of summer days, when there is not the faintest breath of wind. He will, and does, hover in the still, soft atmosphere of early autumn, when the gossamer falls in showers, coming straight down as if it were raining silk.
    --Richard Jefferies
  • I love nuclear energy! It's just that I prefer fusion to fission. And it just so happens that there's an enormous fusion reactor safely banked a few million miles from us. It delivers more than we could ever use in just about 8 minutes. And it's wireless!
    --Unknown
  • I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.
    -- Andrew Wyeth
  • There has been a systematic repression of solar energy. It seems pretty funny to me that the government, if it is completely neutral--why wouldn't they pursue this far safer alternative of solar energy with the same intent that they pursue nuclear energy? Solar power is the last energy resource that isn't owned yet--nobody taxes the sun yet.
    --Bonnie Raitt
  • The problem with winter sports is that--follow me closely here--they generally take place in winter.
    --Dave Barry
  • If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
    --Anne Bradstreet