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

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


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.
http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=44593
 


QUOTABLE QUOTES:

“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


 
March 2006 newsletter index
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Oasis Montana site map
 


Greetings from our solar powered office!

In the event of a lengthy power outage, what are your critical loads?

With the presence of winter storms, hurricanes, tornados and aging grid infrastructure as part of daily life, many people are rethinking how reliable utility power really is, and we are getting more calls for back-up power for certain loads. Some of our customers just need to have power for charging their cell phones, Kindles, tablets or similar devices (and a couple of lights or a small TV for an hour or so); a small system for them might entail the following components:

System #1, small system: One ~300W solar module, 300W sine wave inverter, charge controller, 12V 55AH AGM battery, combiner enclosure with fuse, flush roof rack, panel output cable; $1449
For additional information on smallish, RV-type systems, visit http://www.oasismontana.com/RV_systems.html.

Other folks are concerned about losing their food if the grid goes down, so they’ll want to power their refrigerator and perhaps a freezer too. If your appliances are of more recent vintage, backing them up will cost much less than if they are older, less efficient models. An efficient refrigerator shouldn’t use much more than a kilowatthour a day, and a freezer might be in the ~1.5KWH range (but contact the manufacturer to be certain). A system to power those loads, plus a couple of lights, might entail these components:

System #2, medium system: (MS2812 Magnum inverter, 6 ~300W solar modules, 6X top of pole mount, Classic 200 MPPT charge controller, 4 L16 type batteries + cabling, battery monitor, interconnects, combiners and disconnects; $8700

If you don’t have city water, a common concern is powering your well pump. One can live without a lot of things but water is not one of them! And many deep well pumps are 240VAC; if you needed a backup power system to run your ½ HP 240VAC pump, say, one hour a day, plus extra power for a fridge and small loads, you might be looking at a system of this size:

System #3, large system: (Radian GS4048 – loaded, on a pre-wired power center that includes the charge controller, MATE3 system monitor, disconnects, etc., 12 – ~300W solar modules, 16 – L16 type batteries, pole mount, battery cabling = $14750

Costs do not include freight, installation, concrete footer for pole mounts, ground rod & clamp, and miscellaneous electrical widgets or wire runs.


       

Some people think solar modules are ugly – but I think they’re beautiful…and how wonderful it is to get electricity from sunlight!
And, you can enjoy saving money while saving the planet.


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Are you looking at a stock watering project this year? Or you want power for a pump if the utility fails? Or perhaps you have a pond to fill, or fruit trees that need irrigating? A remote cabin? Contact us for all your remote water pumping needs; visit www.PVsolarpumps.com for more information.


If your only concern if the power goes out is water and you have a, say, 1.5 HP 240VAC pump, we can now run many of those pumps array direct whenever the sun is shining. So if you need water for irrigation or stock, this new PicoCell system might be just what you need. The PicoCell, from SunTech Drives, is now part of our line of quality solar products, and we look forward to the next generation of their solar evolution as the newer and more robust water pump solutions come on board. Being powerless doesn’t mean being waterless any more! Depending on your water pump make and model, we may have a solution for those times when the power is gone but the need for water exists and the sun is shining. Three-phase water pumps and motors under 2HP manufactured by Berkley, Franklin, Flint, Goulds, Grundfos, Myers and Wailing are all great candidates for using the new PicoCell from SunTech Drive to run your water pump while the sun is shining and conventional power is out. Single phase pumps up to 1HP from these same manufacturers, including Sta-Rite are able to operate effectively also. Call for more information or to see if your pump will work with a PicoCell. 406-777-4321


Cows LOVE solar water pumping!


 

We offer the Grundfos, SunRotor, Dankoff and Lorentz pump line, from submersible to surface pumps. And we can power your 240VAC pump too! 406-777-4321 for tech support on pump systems.


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TAX SEASON is nearly upon us! If you had a solar power system installed and running by 31st December, 2017, you are eligible for a 30% tax credit of the cost of your solar module installation, less any state incentives or rebates. The 30% tax credit is still available through the end of 2019, so now the time is ripe for investment in the solar power system of your dreams. It is also available for certain types of solar thermal (hot water and space heating) systems. https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits/solar_energy_systems for the links about the federal tax credit; http://www.dsireusa.org for a state-by-state database of all renewable incentives; and https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf for the personal tax credit form. We are NOT tax experts, so when in doubt, consult your accountant or visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i5695?utm_source=Iron+Edison+Newsletter&utm_campaign=35a4413d23-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_eaf26bfcab-35a4413d23-135295541&mc_cid=35a4413d23&mc_eid=6d3c772416

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OUTBACK POWER has a new charge controller, the FlexMax 100! This will allow for longer strings of solar modules and is fully NEC 2014 compliant with the Outback ICS Plus. It offers:

> a rainproof outdoor IP54/Type PR enclosure
> 100A output for up to 5KW of charging
> suitable for 24, 36 or 48V battery banks
> updated MPPT software algorithm means more power than other controllers
> up to 99% efficiency; LED indicators status display
> Five year warranty
> system configures quickly (MATE3S required)
> minimum battery bank size: 100ah
> had built in GFCI, field-replaceable cooling fan
> built in 128 days of data logging

You can view more information on this exciting new charge controller at http://www.outbackpower.com/outback-products/make-the-power/flexmax-series-charge-controllers/item/flexmax-100?category_id=531
Now available at a special introductory price of $1045 plus shipping (offer good til 4/30/18)

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NEW PRODUCT FEATURE

MNChinook 200 Wind Turbine Now Officially Available http://files.constantcontact.com/aaa32e00401/5cc9c46b-fd24-4c58-8538-64e359dee783.jpg
The Chinook 200 is now new and improved, a direct-drive micro-turbine designed for use in 12, 24 or 48 volt DC battery charging applications. Its attractive low-profile design, exceptional performance in low winds and low rotor acoustics, make this turbine the ideal choice for almost any application. It’s also very quiet, and mounts on a 1.5” Schedule 40 steel pipe.

The Chinook 200 can also work hand-in-hand with PV panels to ensure that power is being generated in all weather conditions; they can be charging the same battery bank, and are also suitable for marine use. The MidNite Chinook Diversion Load (CDL) is an integrated solution designed to prevent 12, 24 or 48 volt batteries from overcharging and is included with the Chinook 200. Compact and easy to install, the CDL incorporates a 300 Watt resistive heating element and controller board in a powder coated steel enclosure. $995 plus shipping includes its dump load controller. The output voltage is not field selectable and must be ordered for either 12V, 24V or 48V battery charging. Designed in Montana and still made in the USA, if you have good average wind speeds (10-12 mph+) you will find this to be an excellent addition to your battery charging scheme.

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SOLAR PANELS: Despite the 30% import tariff on certain incoming solar modules, there are still a lot of good deals to be had.

NEO Solar Power 360W Mono 72 cell, Tier 1 module Vmp 39.01V Imp 9.23A 77” x 35”, pallet quantity is 30; minimum order quantity is 10. Cost is $309 per module in pallet quantities.

MightyMax Solar 150W 12V nominal modules, 24/pallet, Vmp 17.7V Imp 8.47A 39.’” X 39”, cost is $215 each in pallet quantities.

Hanwha QCells Black Q.Peak G4.1 295W Vmp 32.19V Imp 9.17A 65.7” x 39.4”, minimum quantity 4, cost $269 each

Canadian Solar MaxPower CS6U-325P (poly), 325W, Vmp 37V Imp 8.78A 77.2” x 39.1”, minimum quantity 4, cost $298 each

LG Mono 330E1C-A5 330W AC module (includes Enphase IQ6+Micro-inverter) 66.38” x 40”, minimum quantity 4, $555 each (max string 13 of these AC modules)

SolarWorld Plus SW300 Mono 300W Vmp 32.6V Imp 9.31A 65.95” x 39.4”, minimum quantity 4, $360 each

GLC 325W Multicrystalline Vmp 37.6V Imp 8.64A, 77” x 39.05”, 26 per pallet, cost is $269 each in pallet quantities.

We can also source a variety of other solar products including Trina, ET Solar, Yingle, Jinko, Csun, etc.
Many of our suppliers have a substantial fee for less than pallet quantities.

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Yes it’s finally SPRING and we are offering our gorgeous indigenous corn seed to you for the price of postage. An ounce is about 100 seeds and (since the P.O. considers this a ‘package’), cost to mail you about 1.5 ounces is $1.21

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No power is no problem with our gas refrigerators – now featuring the new economical HOMESTEADER line by Diamond

The manufacturers of the Diamond propane gas refrigerators are now offering a non-CSA certified offering available as a refrigerator/freezer unit in 19 cu.ft. and 21 cu.ft. capacities. While this means we cannot ship these to Canada, their cooling performance is not compromised in any fashion – in fact these have the same identical cooling unit as those installed in the Diamond gas fridges of the same size. These are some of the finest performing gas absorption units in the industry. Both sizes will be offered in the popular white, black and also stainless steel finishes, and they are less costly than most other models in the full size range. Here are the specifications:

19 cu.ft. Homesteader

 

 

 

 

Our customer Rick Freeman from southern California swaps out his old batteries for new to re-charge his PV system.
These 6V batteries weigh about 110 lbs. each.

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES:

  • “Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.”
    --Gustav Mahler

  • "We have to prepare our cities for the increasing scarcity of resources by increasing their density and energy efficiency." -- Mathis Wackernagel

  • "Saying that you don't care about privacy because you got nothing to hide is no different than saying that you don't care about freedom of speech because you got nothing to say."
    --Edward Snowden

  • “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”
     --William Shakespeare

  • "In reality, studies show that investments to spur renewable energy and boost energy efficiency generate far more jobs than oil and coal."
    --Jeff Goodell

  • “Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.”
    --Virgil

  • “At the end of the day, no amount of investing, no amount of clean electrons, no amount of energy efficiency will save the natural world if we are not paying attention to it - if we are not paying attention to all the things that nature give us for free: clean air, clean water, breathtaking vistas, mountains for skiing, rivers for fishing, oceans for sailing, sunsets for poets, and landscapes for painters. What good is it to have wind-powered lights to brighten the night if you can't see anything green during the day? Just because we can't sell shares in nature doesn't mean it has no value.”
    --Thomas Friedman

  • “Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
    --Leo Tolstoy

  • "As the saying goes, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions. The same opportunity lies before us with energy efficiency and clean energy."
    --Steven Chu

  • “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” --Robert H. Schuller

  • "Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us."
    -- President Theodore Roosevelt
     

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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