Oasis Montana Inc.
Renewable Energy Supply and Design
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Renewable Energy Newsletter
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Solar Power for your RV or Marine Application

Solar power, and sometimes wind, are natural additions for your RV or boat. Since you are already set up to run 12V, it’s very easy to place one or more modules atop your camper for additional battery charging. These systems work as well on the roof of an RV as they do on the roof of your remote cabin. We can design any size system for your RV or boat—the only limit is the amount of space on your roof.

Since batteries are charged when traveling, RVs normally depend mostly on the vehicle’s alternator for the primary power source. Power to charge the battery is also provided through a converter when plugged into regular utility or ‘shore’ power. But for those folks who like to spend days or weeks (or longer!) not traveling or plugged in, photovoltaics can mean freedom with plenty of power. It can also mean peace and quiet—especially if you do not have to run your generator. Also, an RV’s battery bank and fuse box make installing a solar power system easy to do. If you cannot do it yourself, your RV shop is generally glad to do the installation for you, as can someone with general ‘handyperson’ skills.

Many of our RV systems use one or two modules—but like any other power system it’s important to analyze your power needs. You will need to consider the wattage of the appliances and lights you want to power as well as the average hours of use each day. Unlike a stationary power system, though, RVs travel through different sunshine zones and park at varying angles to the sun, sometimes in shade, sometimes not; people with the same model RV can have very dissimilar power usage. These factors must be considered—if you have questions, do not hesitate to give us a call. 

Your battery charging depends on the intensity of sunlight and exposure to time in the sun. A sunny day can really sock some power into your batteries—and you’ll get some charging on cloudy days, though at a lower output. Also, solar modules provide a daily maintenance charge to help protect your batteries, as sitting idle for several months can be permanently damaging to them.

For marine use, the addition of a small wind generator may be even more cost-effective than solar, as oft times there are very windy conditions on the water. The smaller Chinook wind generators (http://www.chinookdistributing.com/wind-turbines) for more information) mount on a 1.5” section of schedule 40 steel pipe, and take up little room (of course, the unit should be mounted out of reach of all personnel for safety’s sake). These self-regulating units are easy to add to an existing battery system. Even some RVers use a wind generator, by setting up a weighted tripod when parked (one fellow built a metal tongue he could drive onto so he could secure his wind genny pole). Call or e-mail us if you are thinking about adding solar or wind power to your RV or boat; 877-627-4768 or 4778.

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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