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Renewable Energy and Alternative News Bites:

A dead-end Austrian town gets a new life and blossoms in a big way with clean, green energy! Biofuels, biomass, co-generation (and increased tourism) are just the start for this town. Read the article at http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/08/28/business/carbon.php
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A coastal impact study at http://www.architecture2030.org/current_situation/coastal_impact.html is available to determine the effects of one meter of sea level increase; mayors and citizens of U.S. coastal cities are very interested in the findings; 53% of U.S. citizens live on or near coastal regions.
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According to the German Wind Energy Association (http://www.wind-energie.de/en/), the use of wind power has created savings of 2 billion Euro in 2007 for users. In the first half year, German wind farms produced 22 billion kilowatts of electricity—about 9% of the German electricity consumption. Electricity from wind farms is now taking the place in the electricity market of increasingly expensive conventional power plants, such as old inefficient gas or coal stations.
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The whole idea stinks—but generating heat and electricity from animal manure is appealing; the technology is an important component of fighting climate change. Normally, farms store waste in a lagoon, then use it later as fertilizer. But its natural decomposition produces methane—much more potent than CO2. So the capture of that gas and then use of it in an environmentally friendly fashion is a positive double whammy! You can read more information about this technology at http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=49621
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Our Canadian neighbors can visit this site with information about renewable energy incentives and grants: http://www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca/corporate/incentives.cfm
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The National Farmers Union (NFU) has released a report documenting how RES (Renewable Energy Standards) significantly increase jobs, business activity and local tax revenues, particularly for farmers and rural communities. NFU President Tom Buis says that “A national renewable electricity standard will provide significant economic opportunity in rural America.” Download the report in PDF format at http://www.nfu.org/wp-content/res-for-nfu-7-27-2-07-clean.pdf
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If you think corn-based biofuels will save the world, think again; researchers say more corn grown in the Midwest will result in more agricultural run-off (i.e. fertilizers and pesticides) into the Gulf of Mexico, contributing to an ever-increasing ‘dead zone’ where little but algae survives. Last year’s dead zone was over 6600 square miles; this year’s is anticipated to exceed 8500 square miles. Read this rather depressing article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6904249.stm
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What is your ‘carbon footprint’? Here’s a carbon calculator, where you can see how much carbon dioxide you and your lifestyle release into the atmosphere every year: http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/?src=nav1
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A self-contained dairy that will feed 7,500 cows--and power itself? In fall of 2008, the XL Dairy Group will begin operations at its site 100 miles west of Phoenix, AZ, and the facility will be a self-contained bio-refinery designed to produce high-grade ethanol, biodiesel, milk and dairy products, and animal feed --along with 100% of the energy required to run the plant. For more information on this project visit http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=48223
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A prototype wave energy device called the AquaBuoy has been deployed off the coast of Newberg, OR, by a company called Finavera Renewables, Inc. Located about two-and-a-half miles off the coast, the unit consists of an open steel cylinder with a piston, suspended and supplied by two steel-reinforced rubber hoses. As waves pass, the piston moves up and down the cylinder, forcing high pressure water into a turbine, generating power. You can view more information about this fascinating project at http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/news_detail.cfm/news_id=11261.

Quotable Quotes:

“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than with contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning.” ---Lyndon B. Johnson
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“All ethics...rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants and animals, or collectively, the land.” ---Aldo Leopold, Wilderness Society founder
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“The average man does not know what to do with his life, yet wants another one which will last forever.” ---Anatole France
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“Go to heaven for the climate, hell for the company.” ---Mark Twain
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“Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.: ---Aristotle
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“And what is man without energy? Nothing -- nothing at all.” ---Mark Twain
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“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ---Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy; if sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.”
---Sir George Porter (won Nobel prize for chemistry in 1967)
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“Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy from which the arts flow.” ---Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus
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“You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing. Get interested in something! Get absolutely enthralled in something! Get out of yourself! Be somebody! Do something. The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” ---Norman Vincent Peale
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It takes a lot more energy to fail than to succeed, since it takes a lot of concentrated energy to hold on to beliefs that don’t work.” ---Jerry Gillies
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“Don’t get me wrong, 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!” ---William McDonough

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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.


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



  • 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