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Renewable Energy Supply and Design
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“WHEN?” by Larry Cooper of Kyocera Solar Inc. (www.kyocerasolar.com)

How close does something have to be before we react to it? Is it human nature to wait until the train wreck is inevitable before we switch to another track? I ask these rhetorical questions because they effect what we do for a living. Indeed, they effect whether we keep on living. Few would disagree that energy is what keeps modern society functioning.
It is logical that any finite resource will eventually run dry. The only question is when. In late 2003, Britain’s oil imports overtook its exports, underlining a decline in North Sea oil production. This story is being repeated all around the globe. Even the great oil fields under OPEC’s control are expected to peak by 2020, if not sooner. The Soviet Union’s peak is predicted to happen even before then, in 2010.

With the population of the world growing like the proverbial weed and many of the people who are living in poverty reaching for a higher standard of living, will we even make it to 2020 before oil production peaks? Even if the world’s oil supply lasts for another 100 years, it is time to act. We will have to change our entire infrastructure after all, and that could take a little time.
One of the things that is supposed to separate humans from animals is the ability to predict the future by analyzing the facts of today.

Why isn’t the perceived cost of renewable energy even being discussed? Why is this not the number one issue of the coming presidential elections? Why haven’t the candidates given it more than a passing mention? As short-sighted as it is, I think it’s because the last time you and I pulled up to the gas pump, we were able to buy a tank of gas. We are going to have to take over every country in the middle east to guarantee that we can keep filling our tanks, but that appears to be okay with everyone. So the status quo continues, for now.

I believe in technology. I think this problem is solvable. I think the only thing missing is will power. That can only come from education and a population willing to face the truth. Most of all, we have to tell the government that we want to start switching to renewables now. 

Statement from David Garman
Assist Sec. of Energy

"It is clear that our reliance on imported oil--56% of the oil we use--has complicated our response to the terrorist attack. There is also little doubt that some of the dollars we have exported in exchange for foreign oil have found their way into the hands of terrorists and would-be terrorists... Aside from its obvious environmental benefits, solar and other distributed energy resources can enhance our energy security. Distributed generation at many locations around the grid increases power reliability and quality while reducing the strain on the electricity transmission system. It also makes our electricity infrastructure less vulnerable to terrorist attack, both by distributing thegeneration and diversifying the generation fuels. So if you're engaged in this effort, it is my view that you are also engaged in our national effort to fight terrorism."-- David Garman, Assist Sec. of Energy, 10/2/01

OF INTEREST TO MONTANANS 
Northwestern Energy customers:

The heat of summer and cold of Old Man Winter may be beyond your control, but you can get an energy audit from Northwestern Energy and learn about your home’s efficiency and how to better manage your energy costs. 

Being audited is better than it sounds. This free service identifies air leaks, provides customized recommend-ations on how to save energy and, if appropriate, includes the installation of free or low-cost measures to help save you energy, water and money. If your home or water is heated with NWE electricity or natural gas, you can qualify to receive a free home energy audit. 

If your home is among the thousands already audited, take the time now to act on energy-saving opportunities identified through your audit. Call 800-823-5955 or view their web site at www.northwesternenergy.com/energy

If you are not on Northwestern Energy utility, your power provider probably offers free energy audits, and perhaps financial rebates for energy-saving appliances and lighting. It’s certainly worth checking out!

...More quotes of interest:

“The battle for conservation cannot be limited to the winning of new conquests. Like liberty itself, conservation must be fought for unceasingly to protect earlier victories. There are always plenty of hogs who are trying to get natural resources for their own personal benefit! Public lands and parks, our forests and mineral reserves, are subject to many destructive influences. We have to remain constantly vigilant to prevent raids by those who would selfishly exploit our common heritage for their private gain. Such raids on our natural resources are not examples of enterprise and initiative. They are attempts to take away from all the people for the benefit of a few.”
-Harry S. Truman, December 1948, at the Inauguration of the Everglades National Park.  

“The California crunch really is the result of not enough power generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants.”
 -George W. Bush

"We need an energy bill that encourages consumption".
-- George W. Bush speaking in Trenton, N.J. 9/23/02

"98% of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy 2% that get all the publicity. But then—we elected them".
-Lily Tomlin

 

RE Fall 2004 Newsletter From Oasis Montana

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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