|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
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)
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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
visit our information
on this exciting new product line.
WHY IS THE PRICE OF SOLAR MODULES LIKELY TO
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 raining silk.
- 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
-- 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.
- The problem with winter sports is that--follow me closely
here--they generally take place in winter.
- If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if
we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be