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Winter - Spring Flier 2004 
from Oasis Montana Inc.

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CLEAN ENERGY TRENDS - by Ron Pernick and Joel Makower, from an article posted at www.renewableenergyaccess.com

It is, at once, an exciting and confounding time for clean energy. In a world buffeted by the challenges of national security, global climate change, and depressed economies, clean-energy technologies such as solar, wind, and hydrogen-based fuel cells offer a compelling array of benefits to individuals and nations alike—including energy security, stabilized energy costs, reduced emissions and public health risks, and the creation of millions of jobs. But building a clean energy future is filled with promise and pitfalls, particularly in the United States, where government commitments to clean energy development has been tepid at best. Many early-stage companies offer breakthrough technologies that can dramatically lower the cost of clean energy, but they’ve been stymied by the recent economic downturn. 

Such gloom notwithstanding, market indicators demonstrate that many clean-energy technologies are on the rise, and a confluence of forces is making clean energy one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak economy. We believe that solar power, wind power and fuel cells will continue to exhibit aggressive annual growth for the foreseeable future. Clean energy is growing in both size and scale.

Interestingly, governments around the world are recognizing that their global competitiveness and future economic growth rest in large part on their investments in clean energy technology. For many, it has as much to do with economic vitality and job creation as with energy production and security. Another side benefit is escaping the pitfalls of pollution and land degradation from typical utility plants, or concerns about nuclear waste disposal and maintenance.

Japan and the European Union have been among the most aggressive players, implementing many policies and initiatives to grow their burgeoning clean technology industries. Unfortunately, while PV and wind power were first commercialized in the U.S., they are now clearly the domains of other countries. Japan has become the leading producer of PV modules, while Denmark and Germany rule the wind turbine world (and Denmark now receives more than 20% of its electricity from renewable sources—as much as 50% on windy winter days).

In the U.S., government leadership on clean energy has not come from the White House or Congress but at the state and local levels. Several states, notable California, Illinois, New York, Michigan and New Jersey have a variety of innovative incentives and rebate programs. More than a dozen states now have renewable portfolio standards (RPS) mandating that a certain portion of the state’s overall electricity purchases come from renewable sources such as geothermal, solar and wind. Such policies are having a salutary impact on the growth of clean energy in the U.S. And RPS are not limited to the states: several nations are implementing similar policies, including Japan (targeting 3% renewable energy by 2010), and the entire European Union (targeting 20% renewables by 2010). 

The United States does not yet have a national RPS.


Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us. —Henrik Tikkanen

REAL COST OF POLLUTION KEPT HIDDEN— Oped on the externalities of pollution by Curt Andersen of the Green Bay News-Chronicle. The price we pay for some things is actually much less than their actual costs. There are numerous examples of such ‘external costs’ or ‘externalities’. 

The example to most Fox River Valley residents is the cost of papermaking. The price of paper is lower because instead of treating pollution, or not polluting in the first place, mills pass pollution costs to the consumer. This immoral shortcut has led to the pollution of the Fox River and the ruination of fishing and tourism industries in northeast Wisconsin. 

Operating a mine in Crandon would have external costs. The ore is contained in sulfurous rock—and sulfuric acid is created when the rock comes in contact with oxygen and water. The mining companies have not proposed building a wastewater treatment plant, so the external costs of mining will include destruction of the fish habitat in the Wolf and Fox rivers, leading to the thumping of the tourism industry and reduction of property values. Those externalities will be borne by the public, not the mining company. The use of cyanide in the mining operation will add to the trouble for local citizens. Burning coal to make electric power leads to methyl mercury contamination; the molecules of methyl mercury travel on the wind and fall in our lakes, where they end up in various forms of marine life, eventually eaten by people. Mercury accumulates in the body and can lead to learning disabilities in the young, paralysis, and brain and nerve damage. These costs are not borne by the power companies, but are borne by the families of children who have difficulty in school, by insurance companies who have to cover the cost of treatment, and by the victims, who lose time at work. The cost of storing spent nuclear fuel and keeping it out of the hands of terrorists for 10,000 years will be externalized and very high. The cost will be borne by the public through tax dollars; it will not show up on our utility bills where it should. Another cost from radioactive materials is the use of ‘depleted uranium’ (U-238) for ammunition. We already have veterans who suffer from chronic conditions due to its use. How many babies of veterans will be born deformed?

How different our lives would be if we had to consider the real costs. Maybe it’s time we figure that out.

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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 pump.
In this issue we have some new products to share; one is an exciting new AC soft start 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 Efficient 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.



Just a reminder, we offer a line of non-electric propane refrigerators, freezers, cooktops and ranges at www.LPappliances.com, and a line of efficient AC or DC refrigerators and freezers at www.eco-fridge.com.


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;

Iron Edison BatteriesOver a century ago, Thomas Edison found a battery design that he considered to be nearly perfect. Today, Iron Edison is proud to offer an updated version of this incredible design that is specifically manufactured for renewable energy systems. Iron Edison carries a variety of nickel iron batteries: 12 volt, 24 volt, and 48 volt configurations, each configuration with amp-hour capacities of 100 Ah through 1000 Ah.

visit our information on this exciting new product line.


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/  and https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/11/13/the-clock-ticks-itc-turns-section-201-over-to-president-trump/

Renewable Energy (and related) news bites

             1912 Warning on coal cuasing climate change


  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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

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Visit us on the web for product and project information!
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