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Oasis Montana renewable energy newsletter for spring 2008

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Renewable Energy and Alternative News Bites:

Missouri town of Rock Port goes 100% wind power! Its wind power status is due to four wind turbines located on agricultural lands within the city limits; Rock Port’s community uses about 13 million kilowatt hours per year, and these wind turbines produce 16 million kilowatt hours per annum. Excess power is transmitted to Missouri Joint Municipal Utilities for use elsewhere. www.rockportwind.com for more information.

Hybrids, meet your rival: How does 376 miles to the gallon sound? Don’t choke on your latte, check out the documented fuel efficiency of this Seattle man’s car at http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/351903_needle20.html. If this could be done in the 70’s, why not now?

Solar thermal technologies on a grand scale may solve a lot of pollution problems, stating that “over 90% of the electric grid, and car fleet in the U.S. could be powered by solar thermal power”. Sunshine is used on a field of mirrors to make steam to drive turbines, and the heat can be stored for use at night, working even when the sun is variable. Read more about this exciting technology at http://www.gizmag.com/solar-thermal-power-study/8965/ and another article about the same at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/business/06solar.html?ex=1205470800&en=39265cb2f87e3916&ei=5070&emc=eta1

Australia offers solar hot water for free with rebate: Three-quarters of Australians support government action to makes homes more energy efficient, and the State Government may merge its rebate scheme with the Federal Government’s scheme, which would make the buying and installation of a solar hot water system virtually cost-free. http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/solar-hot-water-for-free-with-new-rebate/2008/03/10/1205125819869.html for a link to this article. Electric hot water systems use as much as 40% of the electricity in a household.

Experts Show Farmers the Future is Methane: cattle ranchers and dairy owners are finding that that one can turn a lagoon of cow manure into electricity, fuel--or even dollars, as well as earn green credits and control pollution. While not as pretty as wind turbines, this technology will be a part of our renewable energy future. More information at http://www.redorbit.com/news/business/1286941/experts_show_farmers_the_future_is_methane/index.html

Only 4% of the Earth’s oceans remain undamaged from human activity. It appears that human’s pollution, fishing, climate change, and other factors have degraded most of the world’s water; visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7241428.stm for more information.

How green are photovoltaic (PV) modules? Yes, they sit basking in the sun, making electricity for roughly 30 to 40 years, but what about their manufacturing process? Is the process more toxic than the power they produce? http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/esthag/2008/42/i06/abs/es071763q.html for the answer!

Storing wind power has always been a major issue due to the variable nature of wind supply. A company called Xcel Energy is launching a major wind-to-battery project, with batteries the size of semi-trailers. Two of these would be able to store 7.2 megawatt hours of electricity; the project will take place in Luverne, MN, and is expected to go online by October of 2008. More information is available at www.xcelenergy.com.

Oil from algae? A company by the name of AlgaeLink is developing a new extraction method of oil extraction from algae without the use of chemicals, a centrifuge or an oil press. This new system not only makes the algae oil more eco-friendly, but some of the byproducts (like vitamins) may be useful to the food industries. See more about this interesting technology at http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=51772.


"There is no clean coal. There's cleaner coal, but all coal is dirty. What's important is we recognize we must move to renewables."
--Nevada Senator Harry Reid

“My mother always said democracy is the best revenge.”
--Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of slain Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto

“Perseverance in a noble cause is a renewable source of energy.”
--Brad Collins, American Solar Energy Society, www.ases.org

“We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now, we can control our future, instead of letting the future control us.” --Jimmy Carter

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” --Robin Williams

“The road to hell is paved with politicians.” --Unknown

“It has become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity.” --Albert Einstein

“Having children is a lot like living in a frat house -- nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up going on.” --Ray Romano

“When I despair, I always remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end they always fall…think of it...always.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“We should be the heart and mind of the earth, not its malady. So let us be brave and cease thinking of human needs and rights alone, and see that we have harmed the living earth and need to make our peace with Gaia. We must do it while we are still strong enough to negotiate, and not a broken rabble led by brutal war lords. Most of all, we should remember that we are part of it, and it is indeed our home.”
 --James Lovelock

“Midlife crisis is what happens when you climb to the top of the ladder and discover that it’s against the wrong wall.” --Joseph Campbell

“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment’” --Warren G. Bennis

“If there is in fact a heaven or hell, all we know for sure is that hell will be a viciously overcrowded version of Phoenix.” --Hunter S. Thompson

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Oasis Montana renewable energy newsletter for spring 2008

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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 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