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Oasis Montana Spring 2010 Newsletter


GREETINGS FROM OUR SOLAR POWERED OFFICE: It’s that time of year when gardeners are planting their seeds to prepare for spring planting. After perusing our favorite seed catalogs, we will try some new vegetables as well as those tried-and-true. And at this writing (in late March) we are still enjoying food from the last harvest: squash, cabbage, ‘taters, onions, carrots, salsify, and a variety of dried beans and fruit. And did we mention fruit wine—delicious ambrosia from our apple, plum and cherry trees? Mmm...
For those of you who aren’t “on line”, or are beginning your project, we have an extremely informative Product Catalog on disc for $10 ($18 out of country)—essential for your energy library! Products, system sizing, pricing, components, importance of energy efficient appliances, battery care, and wind turbines are just some of the topics covered. If you are on-line, you can see example systems (costs, components and power output) at www.oasismontana.com/systems.html
To assist your information input, we’ve tried to develop as much on-line information as we can. For solar water pumping, see www.PVsolarpumps.com; for utility-tied photovoltaic systems, visit www.grid-tie.com; for efficient AC appliances, DC ’fridges, coolers and freezers see www.eco-fridge.com; for natural and LP gas appliances, see www.LPappliances.com. Our main index page is www.oasismontana.com and we now offer composting toilets at www.eco-potty.com. Visit our web pages and stay a while!

Here is our newsletter table of contents if you are in a hurry and looking for something specific but we recommend you just sit back and read down from the beginning to the end.  Please enjoy!


Biggest Grid-tied Solar Electric System in Montana: Oasis Montana's 50 KW Photovoltaic Array
Oasis Montana Inc. is pleased to announce the completion and commissioning of its latest project, a 50 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) grid-tied power system, located near the Smokejumper Center, at the Missoula Technology & Development Center (MTDC). Oasis Montana, in conjunction with its installer Mark Dickson of Simple Power LLC, broke ground on this project in October; the system at present consists of two hundred and thirty-three, 220 watt American-made Schott solar modules. The two 15KW and one 13KW inverters were acquired from Solectria, a Massachusetts manufacturer. There is also a smaller system (ten 220W modules) installed on a pole mount at the entrance to the Smokejumper Visitor Center, which will be activated pending the installation of underground (and under asphalt) conduit later in April. This smaller system will have its own separate Solectria inverter.

Chris Daum, owner of Oasis Montana, says, "This system is, at present, the largest, grid-tied solar electric system in Montana."

This system has no batteries; in full sun it should put out approximately ~50 KW (or 50,000 watts) of DC power, which is converted into grid-palatable AC power, thus making the MTDC's electric meter spin slower. The first trial run, when the system was powered up February 26th, showed 38KW output on a partly sunny day!
A grant for part of this project will be forthcoming from Northwestern Energy, our local utility provider. Oasis Montana would like to thank Mark Dickson, Brad Stevens, Jeff & Campbell Massey, Jim Chase, Joe Bartuska, Adam Ondra, Jonah Malo, Gabriel Zeak, Apex Engineering, DC Power Systems, the Waterman, Maxus Consulting, New Era Plumbing & Heating, and Eyers Electrical Contracting.

“We hoped to have this completed by mid-December at latest... .but to make a long story short, there were several ‘administrative delays’. The crew had to excavate through frozen soil in early winter, and then slog through gumbo mud when the ground had thawed in February. But it was a tremendous professional effort by all parties, and the project came together in a timely fashion."

 


Montana Technology & Development Center’s 50KW solar array,
located just west of the Missoula Airport, at 5785 Highway 10


If you are a Montanan, and are interested in supporting renewable energy in your state,
a number of us pro-renewable people started the Montana Renewable Energy Association, established as a non-profit corporation in the year 2000. Our goals include expanding the use of renewable technologies, and educating residents of Montana about the benefits and uses of renewable energy. You can find out more about this organization at http://www.montanagreenpower.org.

If you are elsewhere in the U.S., and want more information about supporting renewables, you can check out these organizations: American Solar Energy Society (www.ases.org), Solar Energy International (www.solarenergy.org), Solar Energy Industries Association (www.seia.org), Midwest Renewable Energy Association (www.the-mrea.org/) and the American Wind Energy Association (www.awea.org). Any one of these organizations will appreciate your support, and you will be kept up-to-date on the latest industry trends and technologies (as well as find a state solar association to join!).


SOLAR MODULE PRICING—call for availability, freight costs, and quantities (# of modules) on pallets for the best deal. You can’t get less than a pallet quantity to get the pallet ‘deal’. For larger modules, pallet quantity generally runs between 20 and 40 modules.

Description Per Module Per Pallet

SHARP ND-224UC1, 224W

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SharpNT-175UI,175W

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SharpND-130UJF,130W

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Sharp NE-80EJEA, 80W

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SANYOHIT195,195W

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SanyoHIT190,190W

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SanyoHITDouble195W

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SanyoHIT205,205W
These are a great deal on these incredibly efficient solar modules

 

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MITSUBISHI UE125MF5N,125W

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Mitsubishi UD-175MF5, 175W

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SUNTECH STP-175/24, 175W

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CANADIAN SOLAR 230W

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Canadian Solar 200W

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EVERGREEN 210W

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Evergreen 200W

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SOLARWORLD 230W

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KYOCERA KD215GX-LPU

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Kyocera KD210GX, 210W

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Kyocera KD205GX, 205W

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Kyocera KD185GX, 185W

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KyoceraKD135SX,135W

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(Some Kyocera modules may have a 6 week lead time)

KyoceraKC85T,85W

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Kyocera KC65T, 65W

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Kyocera KC40T, 40W

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Kyocera KS20, 20W

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Kyocera KS10, 10W

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KyoceraKS5,5W

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SOLTECH SOL-1012, 10W

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   ALPS ATI -130W Call       Call

GE-PVp200M, 200W

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SCHOTT 220W

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YINGLIYL85,85W

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We offer a variety of mounts to suit your project, including A-frame roof or ground mounts, top and side of pole mounts, flush mounts, tilt mounts, RV racks, as well as Zomeworks or Wattsun Trackers. Call for your cost, availability and freight. At this writing, some racks may have a 6 week lead time.
NOTE: the small print — prices subject to change without notice (sometimes for the better!)

CHARGE CONTROLLERS—call for information! We offer most models, including those made by Morningstar, Blue Sky Energy, Apollo Solar, Xantrex, Outback Power, SCI and Stecca

Outback Power Components Pricing
Sealed inverters: FX2012T, 2524T, 3048T -- Call for pricing.
Vented inverters: VFX2812, 3524, 3648 -- Call for pricing.
Grid-tie, mobile, marine and export versions available on most of these sine wave inverters.
MATE system display & controller -- Call for pricing.
PSX240 Transformer -- Call for pricing.
Communications Manager HUB-4 -- Call for pricing.
HUB-10 -- Call for pricing.
FLEXmax60 MPPT 60A Charge Controller -- Call for pricing. 
FLEXmax80 MPPT 80A Controller -- Call for pricing.
There are more Outback Power products than we can list .. .call or e-mail for more information or visit their web page at www.outbackpower.com You can download their product catalog at http://www.outbackpower.com/catalog.htm.
 


Quotable quotes: In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of twenty-four hours.
- Mark Twain
 

In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.—Margaret Atwood

An optimist is the human personification of spring. - Susan J. Bissonnette

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. - Hal Borland

Life is like a hot bath. It feels good while you’re in it, but the longer you stay in, the
more wrinkled you get. - Robert Oustin

A little madness in the spring is wholesome even for the king. - Emily Dickinson


GAS APPLIANCES: Propane refrigerators, freezers, ranges, cooktops
  www.LPappliances.com for more information. 

Servel propane refrigerator, 8 cu.ft. capacity

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Crystal Cold 12 cu.ft. capacity propane ’fridge

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Crystal Cold 15 cu.ft. capacity

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Crystal Cold 18 cu.ft. capacity

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Stainless 18 cu.ft. capacity (w/ black textured sides)

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Crystal Cold 19 cu.ft. (white, black or bisque)

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Stainless 19 cu.ft. (w/ black sides)

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NEW 21 cu.ft. capacity Crystal Cold ‘Fridge

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(Now available in white, black or bisque)

 

NEW 21 cu.ft. capacity stainless gas ‘fridge

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Blizzard 15 cu.ft. capacity upright freezer

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Blizzard 18 cu.ft. capacity upright freezer

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Blizzard 22 cu.ft. capacity upright freezer

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The Servel propane refrigerator can be converted to use natural gas for $200 (includes re-crating). The Crystal Cold refrigerators and Blizzard 10 to 18 cu.ft. freezers can be converted to natural gas for $50; the Blizzard 22 cu.ft. freezer can be converted to natural gas for $100 (more costly as this model has two gas absorption units on it).
Peerless Premier gas ranges are available in 20”, 24”, 30” and 36” widths, with model colors ranging from white, bisque, black and stainless. Even the electronic ignition models will work without power (you can light the burners and oven with a match) -- there’s no glow bar in the ovens on these mechanically simple, American-made stoves. All ranges are set up for natural gas but LP conversion kits are included for every model at no extra cost (and you don’t have to be Mr. Wizard to figure it out). No power is no problem with these gas ‘fridges, freezers and stoves!

We also offer propane & natural gas cooktops, Italian- made by Verona; these professional cooking appliances are available in a wide variety of finishes (stainless, black, bisque and black glass), with two, four and five burner models. www.LPappliances.com for pictures and specifications.

WHO WE ARE and ORDERING INFORMATION: Chris Daum, owner and manager of Oasis Montana, has been in the renewable energy field for 21 years. Our staff offers experience, personalized service, tech support, quality components and good pricing. We are happy to work with your installer, electrician, or contractor, and locally we can install your power system. We provide detailed wiring diagrams with the systems we sell. TO PLACE AN ORDER: E-mail or call us for your freight; if you have any questions about your system or product, please contact us. E-mail is easiest and fastest (but we know that you aren’t all on line). We accept Visa/MasterCard (personal and business checks are fine). For our international customers, we accept bank transfers—e-mail or call us for our banking information. Our summer hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Mountain Daylight Savings Time, Mon. – Fri. If we‘re on another line when you call, please leave us a message, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can, but you may have to leave a message if we’re with a customer or on one of the other lines. 406-777-4321 or 4309 or e-mail us at info@oasismontana.com — for tech support on renewable energy systems, e-mail larry@oasismontana.com. We’d be very happy to help you with your power project — send an e-mail or give us a call!

“V” for Victory Gardens and supporting locally grown foods.
‘Victory gardens’ were vegetable plots planted in private residence yards and in public parks in the U.S., England, Canada and other countries during WWI and WWII to reduce the pressure on the national food supply (brought on  victory gardensby the war effort), and to also empower contributors by their work and the produce grown. Since most employable men were in the armed forces, agricultural production fell dramatically, hence the need for consumers to pick up the slack.
Nowadays, food gardening is enjoying a resurgence by those feeling the financial pinch at the grocery store, as well as those concerned about health scares ranging from e-coli outbreaks to importing toxic food products (or those folks simply wanted higher-quality fresh and locally grown food). People are realizing the frivolity (and outright waste) of gasoline, water and time for labor-intensive lawns and are sacrificing the monoculture of grass for tasty produce.  If you’re not growing your own (and want access to fresh, local produce), check your neighborhood for a local farmer’s market (or start one!). The amount of fossil fuel that goes into the food on your plate can be depressing, but buying local and what is in season is smart, and many forms of fresh produce can be canned, frozen or  dried for off-season meals. During WWII, it was considered patriotic to engage in principles gardeningof self-sufficiency and autonomy, and now, it is just common sense to utilize a good sunny spot for a vegetable garden. Even if you only have a sun-lit patio, you can grow peppers, a tomato plant or two and salad greens... and a south-facing window works fine for basic herbs such as basil, parsley and rosemary.  Indeed, now more than ever is a good occasion to use common sense and grow some of your own food, conserve raw materials, help your neighbors and community, and enhance self-reliance. It is always a good time to plant your own ‘Victory Garden” - and achieve success over rising food expenses and embedded delivery costs while enjoying the freshest food that money CAN’T buy!

This year Oasis is offering bean seeds for anyone who will send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope (with 61 cents postage please).  We are offering a short season dried bean called Indian Woman Yellow; these are great for soups or stews and easy to grow, even if your growing season is just 3 months.


Owner of Oasis Montana, Chris Daum finds time every day to enjoy her chickens.

I confess... I have a thing for chickens. I just LOVE homegrown eggs—there’s just no comparison to those pale-yolked store bought products!

 

In fact, some of my friends call me the
Chicken Whisperer..
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Owner of Oasis Montana Chris Daum is the "Chicken Whisperer" in her spare time

New Energy Star Rated AC Freezers from Summit Appliance:


THESE FREEZERS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR LP AND DC UPRIGHT FREEZERS
 

CF07ES - 6.4 c.f. capacity $345 + freight
H x W x D: 34” x 38” x 24”
Energy Usage/Year 214 Kwh

CF11ES - 10.6 c.f. capacity $489 + freight
H x W x D: 33.5” x 44.24” x 28.4”
Energy Usage/Year 277 Kwh (both models are manual defrost)

These are UL rated, 11 5VAC/60Hz; Canadian Electrical Safety ULC rating. These chest models are manual defrost, with doors that lift up; condenser location is on the side of each unit and you can adjust the
thermostat with a dial. CFC-free refrigerant is R134a, and both of these come with a keyed lock on the lid. Both offer a wire basket for storage, heavy-duty rollers for ease of moving, and are easy to defrost with a front located drain. These efficient freezers offer a one year parts & labor warranty (in the U.S.) and have a five year warranty on the compressor. These ship out of NY state and are not stocked locally.

Check your State's status on the Cash For Clunker appliance rebate at www.eco-fridge.com/index.html#rebate


A Kill-A-Watt meter can tell you how much energy any 110v appliance uses.Kill A Watt Meter: The Electricity Detector and Monitor can educate you about your monthly electric bill and help you save a lot of money. You can now be a ’detective’ and ascertain what appliances are actually worth keeping plugged in. Simply plug in the Kill A Watt meter, connect your appliances to it and Kill a Watt will assess how efficient it really is, showing you the instantaneous power used, and also cumulative energy or kilowatt-hours used.

Kill a Watt, with large LCD display, will count consumption by the kilowatt-hour, same as your local utility. With the help of Kill a Watt you can figure out your electrical expenses by the day, week, month or year on a given device. Kill a Watt can check the quality of your power by monitoring Voltage, Line Frequency, and Power Factor. Still just $25.
Now you'll know if it is time to install a power strip on your entertainment center instead of feeding those ghosts loads while you are sleeping or away from home. Or, is that laptop really cheaper to power than a desktop PC?

Operating Voltage: 115VAC      ***     Max Voltage: 125VAC
Max Current: 15A                   ***     Max Power: 1875W
Dimensions: 5 1/8” x 1 5/8” x 2 3/8”


EXAMPLE POWER SYSTEMS—for on-grid, remote power and water pumping.

Oasis Montana Example Batteryless Grid-tie Systems -- no batteries = no hassle!

Fronius 2.3 KW residential solar electric grid interactive system
11 Kyocera KD-205W solar modulespole mount solar array
1 twelve module top-of-pole mount structure (8” ID SCH80 steel pipe required)
1 50’ double ended Multi Contact (MC) cable assembly
1 Fronius IG 2000 240 VAC solar grid-tie inverter
1 Fronius personal display
1 Fronius wireless card (required for personal display usage)
Equipment total -- Call for pricing.
On average this system will produce ~8 kWh per day with 5 hours of full sun.

14.8 kW commercial solar electric SMA Sunny Boy inverter system
72 KD-205W solar modules
1 UniRac SunFrame flush mounting roof system
6 - 50’ double ended Multi Contact (MC) cable assemblies
2 SMA SB6000US 208 VAC 3-phase solar grid-tie inverters
1 Sunny Beam Monitor, and 2 Sunny Beam Antennas
Equipment total -- Call for pricing.
On average this system will produce ~48KWh per day with five hours of full sun.

*  While we endeavor to keep our pricing up- to-date, all prices are subject to change without notice (sometimes for the better). Call for current pricing!

Off Grid or Remote Example System might include the following components:

2 – 135W Solar Modules 1 – 2X A-Frame Roof/Ground Mount
1 – Morningstar TS40 Controller with DVM 1 – Xantrex TR1 512 Inverter
4– Surrette S530 6V 400 amp-hour batteries 1 – set battery cables
1 - set of balance of system components (including DC disconnect, breakers, surge protector, battery temp sensor, fuse & block, and battery switch)
Small Size System Equipment Total -- Call for pricing.

 ...or for a larger system.....

8 - 170W Solar Modules 1 - 8x Top of Pole Mounting Rack
1 - Outback Power VFX3 524 sine wave inverter 1 - FM60 MPPT Charge Controller
1 - Midnight E Panel (pre-wired) 1 - Outback X-240 Transformer
1 - MATE System Monitor & Controller 1 - HUB4 Communications Manager
12 - Surrette S530 6V 400 amp hour batteries 1 - Set of Inverter & Battery Cables
1 - BOS Components (including combiner box, MC cables, temp sensor, mounting plate)
Mid-Size System Equipment total:  Call for pricing..

WATER PUMPING SYSTEMS:

Lorentz PS150 submersible centrifugal (shallow well, high volume pumping system)
1 24V 175 watt solar module
1 single module top-of-pole mount structure (2” ID SCH40 steel pipe required)
115’ array-to-controller wiring kit
1 Lorentz PS 150 pump controller
1 Lorentz CSJ5-8 submersible centrifugal pump
1 Lorentz low water sensor
1 float switch

Equipment total -- Call for pricing.
On average this system will produce ~2,100 gpd (gallons per day) when pushing against 50’ of head with 5 hours of full sun.

Lorentz PS1200 submersible helical rotor (deep well, low volume pumping system)
4 24V 180 watt solar modules
1 four module top-of-pole mount structure (4” ID SCH40 steel pipe required)
115’ array-to-controller wiring kit
1 Lorentz PV disconnect & junction box 1 Lorentz PS1200 pump controller
1 Lorentz HR-03H-2 submersible helical rotor pump 1 Lorentz low water sensor
1 float switch
Equipment total -- Call for pricing.  On average this system will produce ~600 gpd when pushing against 760’ of head with 5 hours of full sun per day.

Note: the PS600 & PS 1200 systems can also be powered by a 120/240 VAC generator or utility power during cloudy periods by using the Lorentz AC power pack @ $505. And here’s the chart that shows the cost versus performance of four more Lorentz pumping systems; let us know if any of them will meet your needs. All systems come with detailed wiring diagrams.

We are happy to announce that the Dankoff pump line is back in production under its original name. If you are in need of any of their specialty pumps, the SunCentric, Slowpump, Solarforce or Solaram pumps (or parts), do not hesitate to contact us!

 

Lorentz system description

Head
(feet)

Volume (gpd)

Price

PS150 Boost-125 surface mounted rotary vane

100

600

$1,744

PS600 BADU Top 12 surface mounted centrifu-33 gal

33

4,200

$5,665

PS200 submersible helical rotor

130

1,100

$3,411

PS600 submersible helical rotor

400

640

$5,026

Head values listed include static and drawdown levels along with friction loss. If you have questions about wire or pipe sizes, give us a call. Volume values shown assume a minimum of 5 full sun hours per day and are averages (i.e. your situation may vary somewhat). Prices shown do not include freight, installation, concrete, ground rods, sub-wire or miscellaneous electrical widgets that complete such a system. Visit www.pvsolarpumps.com/water pumping questionnaire.html and answer the questions so we can quote a system specific to your project needs.

Generator-Inverter Back-up Systems

With the advent of storm-driven power outages (oh, what a harsh winter it was last season for much of the country!), or just poor utility infrastructure, many folks who cannot afford solar at this time find integrating a fuel generator with an inverter and battery bank to be a very reliable and cost-effective way to provide power to important loads during a power failure; you may need a furnace blower in operation, or perhaps some medical equipment . ..one of our customers needed his water circulated for his large tropical fish tanks! When a generator is teamed with an inverter and batteries, system efficiencies increase and fuel consumption is lowered. These systems can be designed to be turn-key enough that, when your batteries reach a low voltage set-point, the inverter senses this and turns on the generator to run specific AC loads—while it’s also charging your batteries. We refer to these systems as generator-inverter or gen-verter systems.

When the batteries are fully charged, the inverter turn the generator off and loads continue to be powered off the batteries via the inverter. When the voltage falls, the cycles begins again. This keeps the generator from running 24/7, or from running inefficiently just to power small loads.

The factors determining the size of the generator, inverter and battery bank are influenced by your load requirements. Your inverter must be sized to handle all the loads that will be running at one time, including their starting surge, and your generator should generally be about twice the size of your inverter power rating. This is not to make more money for your generator salesperson, but since you will likely be powering AC loads at the same time, you will need to have more capacity so you are be able to run your loads while charging your batteries. So if you have an inverter in the ~3500 watt range, your generator should probably be in the 6KW to 8KW range to provide ample power.Battery bank array for off-grid or remote electric power systems

The capacity of your battery bank will depend on the size of your electrical requirements, how little or now much you desire to run your generator, and how deeply you plan to discharge your batteries each day. In general, we suggest you never take your batteries to less that a 50% depth of discharge (basically you should shallow-cycle your deep-cycle batteries for greatest longevity).

Take a look at this example gen-verter system:
1 - Outback Power VFX3 648 inverter (48VDC input, 3 600W continuous rated 11 5VAC output)
8 - Surrette S530, 6V 400Amp-Hour Flooded Lead Acid Batteries
1 - Outback Power MATE System Monitor and Controller 1 - Remote Temperature Sensor
1 - Trimetric Meter Battery Monitor with 48V Adapter and mounting box
1 - Midnight Solar E-Panel (safety disconnect and breaker) 1 - Generator Auto-Gen-Start Relay
1 - set of inverter and battery cables, 4/0 gauge
Total cost -- Call for pricing. 

Now this is a pretty substantial back-up system! You may not need this degree of back-up power! The fully charged batteries will provide 3 000+ watt-hours a day for three days, to 50% depth of battery discharge (enough for an efficient refrigerator, lights, laptop, etc.). The addition of a 240VAC transformer would add about $500 in cost and give you the ability to run up to a 1 HP water pump for a few minutes daily, enough for basic water needs. And, it’s simple to add solar modules to this existing system to reduce or negate your generator’s run time (which is what many of our off-grid customers do, when they cannot make the entire financial ‘bite’ of a PV system at one time—you can add to them incrementally). Oh yes, if you do add as little as a pair of 24V solar (PV) modules to this system, you’ll get that 30% federal tax credit for solar power... for the entire system.

While we do not sell fuel generators, we sell enough inverter/chargers that we have basic suggestions if you plan to purchase one as part of a gen-verter system. A low speed generator (1800 versus 3600 rpm) will generally last longer; a remote 2-wire start capability is a big plus if you want your inverter system to automatically start your generator if battery voltage is low or if a large AC load kicks in. Fuel choices depend on what’s readily available; diesel models typically last longer than gasoline, NG or LP units, but they are much dirtier and the fuel gunks up if stored for too long. A lot of our customers go with LP, since they may already be using propane for other heating loads, plus it’s cleaner and all around less toxic. Feedback from our customers indicated that Onan, Kabota, and Honda models tend to be quite reliable. Like all mechanical beasts, generators require periodic maintenance so it makes sense to purchase one from a reliable local dealer who can offer that kind of service. For a basic diagram of a generator-inverter system, see http://www.oasismontana.com/gen-verter.html.

Example Enphase System: AC Solar modules?

Yes, these little inverters mount right on the back on one of the bigger solar panels (in the ~200 watt range), and can be readily parallel-wired to increase the size of your system. So, there’s no string sizing calculations, or trying to figure the voltage needed for a larger grid-tie inverter. You can simply add more modules with their own built-in inverter, as money and space allows!  How simple is that?

  • 8 - 220 watt solar modules

  • 8 - M1 90 Enphase Micro Inverters

  • 1 - Enphase Envoy System Monitoring Service (5 year)

  • Solar Mount Rack System

  • Enphase Envoy Monitoring Unit

  • 30 Amp AC Disconnect

Total above components -- Call for pricing.
With the Enphase micro-inverters, you can start with just one solar module and add as your finances will allow. Call if you need more information on these individual units, all configured for 11 5VAC output! Or visit http://www.enphaseenergy.com/


30% FEDERAL TAX CREDIT —and reduced solar module pricing make this the ideal time to get your PV system up and running! Solar modules have come down as much as 35% in the past year, so check our pricing page for what modules best suit your power project (or give us a call). Since the paperwork involving these incentives can be a little confusing, peruse these online sources for more information.pole mounted solar panels

http://www.dsireusa.org for a state-by-state database of all incentives available to U.S. consumers.

http://www.energy.gov/media/HR_1424.pdf  This link summarizes the energy tax incentives of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index
This lists federal tax credits for energy efficiency.

http://www.awea.org/legislative/american_recovery_reinvestment_act.html  This site summarizes grant programs and wind energy productions tax credits, as well as tax credits for advanced energy manufacturers. 

And here’s http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf  , the form for the personal residential tax credit.


Renewable Energy and Alternative News Bites:

Natural Gas ’Clean & Green’? While natural gas may be a bridge or transition fuel to a happier future, toxic frack fluid spills indicate that all is not rosy in the world of natural gas extraction; read the story at http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/01/04-8
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Nation’s largest dairy farm is turning its cow poop into biodigested gas. Three Portland entities, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, NW Natural and The Climate Trust – a nonprofit that puts together carbon offset projects – are teaming up to tackle the manure problem at Threemile Canyon Farms in Boardman,
Oregon - the largest dairy farm in the country. Its 41,000 cows produce more than a million pounds of milk each day...and a whopping 120 pounds of manure per cow per day. Since late November, some of that manure is serving as fuel for a biodigester designed by J-U-B Engineers Inc. of Boise, Idaho. If the project is successful, up to 15 biodigesters could be deployed at the farm. http://www.portlandtribune.com/sustainable/story.php? story_id=126565121898529500 for the lowdown.
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New Assessment Shows That U.S. Wind Resources Are Larger Than Previously Estimated: http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/filter_detail.asp?itemid=2542 A new assessment from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory finds that onshore U.S. wind resources could generate nearly 37,000,000 gigawatt-hours annually, more than nine times current total U.S. electricity consumption. The U.S. is barely tapping this vast resource: current wind installed capacity is 35 GW in the U.S.
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Looking for energy rebates and efficiency tax credits in your area? Here’s a nice website that offers information for various incentives and loans based on your location in the U.S.: http://www.energysavvy.com/rebates/
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Contamination from Coal Ash Waste Is Worse Than EPA Says. Coal ash waste contamination nationwide is far worse than indicated by a new Environmental Protection Agency tally, with dozens more ash-waste ponds and landfills also leaching toxins into streams and drinking water, according to a new study by the groups Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. At least 31 “new damage cases” not listed by the EPA in its end-of-the-year tally of 70 coal-ash pollution sites are identified and their pollution profiled in the report. http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20100225/ts_csm/282784.
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Kyocera Solar is to start manufacturing solar modules in the U.S. to serve this country’s growing demand for clean energy. The new manufacturing plant will startup in San Diego at Kyocera’s Balboa Avenue facility during the first half of 2010, with an initial production target of 30 megawatts per year. The company is expecting to double its production of solar cells in the two fiscal years from 2009 to 2011. http://www.solarbuzz.com/News/NewsNAMA213.htm
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Nuclear Madness and the Future of 'Clean' Energy: President Obama's 2011 budget increases the Department of Energy loan guarantee for nuclear projects by $36 billion, to a total of $54.5 billion. Renewables' potential share pales in comparison. The budget provides around one tenth of that amount for solar, wind, and other renewables -- with just $3 billion to $5 billion of loan guarantees for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. To the budget's credit, it also includes a 30 percent tax credit for qualified investments in new, expanded, or re-equipped advanced energy manufacturing projects, allocating $5 billion to provide this tax credit to said RE projects. But if all of the nuclear money is allocated, admittedly a big if, it would leave solar, wind and energy efficiency far behind. http://planetark.org/wen/56985 for more information. It’s interesting that many supposed ’fiscal conservatives’ support new nukes, (read more on that story here: http://articles.latimes.com/2009/nov/28/opinion/la-ed-nuclear28-2009nov28) even though they are vastly expensive, inefficient, uninsurable and dangerous source of energy that requires massive taxpayer bailouts. It hardly seems fiscally sound, does it?

South Lags Behind Country in Energy Efficiency: http://atlanta.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2009/11/23/focus1. html?b=1258952400^2478451 for the story. The South is lagging behind other areas of the country in energy efficiency, which could save the region millions of dollars in the next decade. The South is one of the last regions in the country to embrace energy-efficiency programs and to develop an “energy-efficiency culture of consumer behavior.” Further, it has the potential for a 1 percent reduction in energy costs every year for the next decade, which would significantly reduce its carbon emissions, postpone the need for new power plants and improve air quality. The South accounts for 44 percent of the nation’s total energy
consumption, while it has 36 percent of the U.S. population.; 77 percent of its energy consumption comes from fossil fuels.
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Why ‘buy American’ is not the whole answer: visit this site for some info about energy policies, what needs improvement, and why we lag behind other countries in clean energy technologies: http://blogs.forbes.com/energysource/2010/03/08/beyond-buy-american-the-u-s-needs-a-clean-energy-strategy/
 


QUOTABLE QUOTES:

Fall seven times, stand up eight. --Japanese proverb
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As sure as spring will follow the winter, prosperity and economic growth will follow the recession. --Bo Bennett
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The spring has come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun,
and we shall soon see the results of their love. --Sitting Bull
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Real intelligence is like a river; the deeper it is, the less noise it makes. --Barbara Delinsky
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We load up on oat bran in the morning so we’ll live forever.
Then we spend the rest of the day living like there’s no tomorrow. --Lee Iococca
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The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and thus we drift towards unparalleled disaster. --Einstein
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I love spring everywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. --Ruth Stout
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I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. --Thomas Jefferson, 1816
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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we sometimes did not taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. -- Anne Bradstreet
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If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. --Terri Guillemets