Oasis Montana Inc.
Renewable Energy Supply and Design
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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 Fall 2006 Newsletter
page 4 - RE news bites & Quotable quotes

Renewable Energy News Bites:

Mayor Nickels of Seattle has decided to fight globe warming gasses with a comprehensive plan to make cars, power plants and furnaces more efficient.
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/286629_climate27.html for more information.

Renewables are making progress on the federal level: though several major bills won’t be passed this year, the large number of bills out there addressing renewable energy concerns and projects indicated the maturation and popularity of the industry, according to industry experts. www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=45977 and
www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=45923 for information on congressional interest in the technologies.

“'The decline of global oil production seems now irreversible. It is bound to occur over a number of transitions, the first of which I have called T1, which has just begun in 2006,” writes the former Iranian oil executive. Dr. Bakhtiari talks about peak oil in a very interesting article at www.dailyreckoning.co.uk/article/06092006.html

A U.S. General in Iraq calls for renewable power for military use; the head U.S. commander in western Iraq has sent the Pentagon a ‘priority 1’ request for solar modules and wind generators to assist with their diesel laden power supplies. The U.S. military spends more money on transporting fuel than on the fuel itself, and their diesel generators make a ‘hot spot’ that can call enemy attention to U.S. outposts; read the article at http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0907/p01s04-usmi.html . The general claims that lessening the army’s fuel use will reduce casualties.

Trying to heat your pool? Or pools? Sandia Labs has a nice website to see if you qualify for loans; this site is most useful if you have a big pool, or have several pools, and is a quick qualifier for third party solar pool financing: http://energy.sandia.gov/QQ.htm for the lowdown.

Problem ‘hot spots’ in solar modules? In August of this year we received a bulletin from Sharp Electronics Corporation that certain modules purchased between September of 2005 and January of 2006 may develop a burn mark between the junction box and the buss bar; modules that may be affected are the ND-200U1, ND-205U1, ND-208U1 and ND-6AE1DA and 6KE1DA. Even more recently, we received notice from our BP distributor that certain BP modules (and fortunately we have sold very few of them) may be affected with a similar problem, limited to modules produced between 2002 and 2004, including the BP Solar 3, 4 and 5 series, as well as the SX line. We appreciate Sharp and BP keeping us appraised, and we have more information we can send you if you think you have modules that may be affected.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies will play major roles in addressing global energy technologies, according to this (1 MB PDF) article by Chuck Kutscher from the July/August issue of Solar Today magazine: take a peek at http://www.ases.org/chapter_newsletter/2006/JA06/Climate_Change_JA06.pdf

U.S. Windpower Reaches 10 Gigawatt Milestone: For the first time, Texas has edged-out California as the leading wind power producer in the U.S., with the highest cumulative capacity. Texas’s total is currently at 237 MW of capacity—enough to power 600,000 homes. View this good news and other related information at www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=45703

October 2006 newsletter index
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Oasis Montana site map


“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, and avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” - John Muir

- sign seen in a local hardware store

“Walking isn’t a lost art — one must, by some means, get to the garage.”
- Evan Esar

“Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes” - if you can read this you’re overeducated.

“I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity’” - Edgar A. Poe

“It’s not easy being green.” - Kermit the Frog

“Do not speak unless you can improve upon the silence.” Quaker saying

“Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.”
- Isaac Asimov

“The scarcest resource is not oil, metals, clean air, capital, labor or technology. It is our willingness to listen to each other and learn from each other, and to seek the truth rather than seek to be right.” - Donella Meadows

“It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars.” - Garrison Keillor

“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.” - Betrand de Jouvenel

“A computer is like an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy.” - Joseph Campbell

“If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill always came together, who would escape hanging?” - Mark Twain

“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.” - John C. Sawhill

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep deciding on what to have for dinner.’” - James Bovard

“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you that mine are still greater.” - Albert Einstein, writing a letter to a 12-year-old boy.

“We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources...but the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil and gas are exhausted.” - President Theodore Roosevelt, 5/13/1908 Conference on the Conservation of Natural Resources

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

October 2006 newsletter index
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Oasis Montana site map
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