|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
for your 240VAC 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
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
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
The best nuclear generating station is 93
million miles away, and is available for pretty much everyone!
Iron Edison Batteries
We also have a new line of
batteries to offer, manufactured by Iron
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.
WHY IS THE PRICE OF SOLAR MODULES
LIKELY TO INCREASE?
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
Renewable Energy (and related) news bites
- 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.
- Designers want me to dress like Spring, in
billowing things. I don't feel like Spring. I feel
like a warm red Autumn.
- The cost of solar energy has not been opened up
because the oil industry does not own the sun.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The problem with winter sports is that--follow
me closely here--they generally take place in
- 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.
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