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Oasis Montana Spring 2006 Newsletter page 4
Rent-a-bike program | RE news bites | Quotable quotes

Lyon's Rentabike Success
The Dutch and the Danes tried it thirty years ago, making free bicycles available in Amsterdam and Copenhagen to help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, trusting people to return the bikes when they finished with them. They didn't and the program proved an embarrassing failure.
Now, the French city of Lyon has decided to give the idea a try, but this time with a hi-tech twist. They have placed 1,500 silver and red, three-speed bicycles in specially-designed racks that only release the bike with the use of an inexpensive prepaid smart card registered to the program participant. Each bike, which gets used an average of 6.5 times per day, has its own lock to insure it doesn't get stolen while being used.

The smart card costs 1 Euro a week or 5 Euros a year and the hourly rental rate is 1 Euro, with the first half-hour being free. So, guess what? Ninety percent of all bike journeys are less than 30 minutes.

The program has been so successful that Vélo'v now plans to place up to 4,000 bikes and 400 racks around the city by 2007.

Renewable Energy News Bites:

Treasury Secretary Announces Tax Break on Hybrid Cars A tax credit of up to $3400 is available for those who purchase the most fuel efficient vehicles. Most of the currently available hybrid vehicles qualify for this tax credit, and includes advanced lean-burn technologies also. www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=41934

Sweden Invests in Biomass Energy: By 2020, Sweden wants to be the first country worldwide no longer using oil for energy purposes. Energy production from waste and biomass play a key part of this vision. Trade shows and expositions feature these new technologies and offer excellent opportunities for other countries to talk business with the experts from Nordic countries. Environmental programs and commercial energy projects have ranked Sweden number 1 in Europe with regards to environmental protection and in bioenergy, offering tax incentives and funding to stimulate new technologies. www.evworld.com/view.cfm?section=communique&newsid=10934

Some interesting statistics… Hottest year on record? Years by which Glacier Park will no longer have any glaciers? Number of bills passed by Congress addressing global warming? These and other interesting facts at www.environmentaldefense.org/article.cfm?contentID=4981

Alberta Bat Fatalities Studied: Last summer, Vision Quest Windelectric experienced the anomaly of finding 532 bat carcasses at their 68 MW Summerview Wind Farm outside Pincher Creek, Alberta. Ninety percent of the carcasses were found in August and September, during fall bat migration. Studies show that bat/wind turbine interactions appear to be highest in or near forests, especially along ridge tops, and lowers in open grassland or farmlands away from forests. The Vision Quest company contacted Alberta Fish & Wildlife, as well as Robert Barclay, a bat expert and professor at the U of Calgary. The bat carcasses recovered were the Hoary and Silver-haired bats, which are not at-risk species, but, Barclay says, “It’s refreshing to have an industry partner that is not hiding their heads in the sand.” Studies are continuing which will be applied to Summerview and at future wind farm developments. www.nawindpower.com

Homebrew Wind Turbine Construction Class from May 16 to May 21, 2006; cost $510, held in Forestville, WI. Participants will fabricate at least one ten foot diameter wind turbine from scratch during this six-day workshop. There will be minimal classroom time everyday, where the basics of turbine design will be covered, alternator theory and what to expect from a completed system. Most of the time will be spent in the shop carving blades, winding coils and fabricating parts. Call 715-592-6595 or visit www.the-mrea.org/workshops.php?id=1048457712 (don’t forget their energy fair over solstice! One of the biggest in the country. www.the-mrea.org)

Wisconsin residents want wind for cheaper energy: The state of Wisconsin has factors to help increase its wind power capacity….farms, a supportive government, and a population eager to lower its electricity costs. The state is ranked 18th in wind capacity, and presently has about 53 MW of wind power, but that is likely to change as developers learn to negotiate with local landowners. Besides offering the usual environmental benefits, there is a major economic one: the state doesn’t have its own source of fossil fuels (no coal mines) so every year the state runs at an energy deficit. Thanks to Wisconsin’s RPS (renewable portfolios standards) wind is well on its way to providing cheap, clean energy for its state’s residents. www.nawindpower.com

The Hard Truth About Oil Addiction: Energy independence for the USA can only be achieved by conservation, according to Fortune’s European editor. Will we tighten our belts as we should? http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/08/news/international/pluggedin_fortune/index.htm

In voicing his support for a federal earmark of $3 million to establish a
national Wave Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Center in Oregon,
Governor Ted Kulongoski is bringing his state closer to a leadership role in
renewable energy.


“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” —Mark Twain

“Gods always love the people who made ‘em.” —Zora Neale Hurston

“Painting, n. The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.” —Ambrose Bierce

“A women’s dress should be like a barbed wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” —Sophia Loren

“Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty.” —Stanislaw J. Lec

“In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people.” —Groucho Marx

“People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought, which they avoid.” —Kierkegaard

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant.” —John Simon

“All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” —Sir Winston Churchill

“Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.” —Aristotle

“An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.” —Laurence J. Peter

“I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going.” —George Bernard Shaw

“Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.” —Sir Winston Churchill

"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
—Thomas Edison

“Worse than blindness is sight without vision.” —Helen Keller

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” --- Aristotle

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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