Oasis Montana Inc.
Renewable Energy Supply and Design
406-777-4321or 4309
e-mail: info@oasismontana.com
Home Page: www.oasismontana.com

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


GREETINGS FROM OUR SOLAR POWERED OFFICE!
 

Solar Water Purification: In this day and age of smart phones and gadgets, people often lose sight of what is really important. We may not need the latest electronic toys, but we all have a basic need for clean, potable water. Oasis Montana is partnering with our supplier to provide pumping and purification systems for disaster relief, remote homes, villages, schools and clinics--wherever the need arises. Please visit http://www.oasismontana.com/genpro_solar_water_purification.html  and http://www.PVsolarpumps.com for more information, and do not hesitate to contact us with the particulars of your water project.

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NEWSLETTER INDEX:

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Importance Of Keeping Track of Your System! So, congratulations! You are the proud owner of a solar power system...you're either powering your off-grid home, or perhaps you have a grid-tie system, and you are lowering or even negating your utility bill. Hooray! But, before you get too carried away, there are some things to consider. For starters, make sure your system is insured. A call to your insurance company is in order; like any other valued home improvement, you should have protection against theft, vandalism, or weather damage. Next, document your system. Keep track of the serial numbers of all components--solar modules, inverters, controllers, etc. All have identifying numbers on them. If you need any servicing or repairs down the line, this information will help you get the repair/replacement parts or components you need (or troubleshooting advice) much more swiftly. Keep all wiring diagrams, tech manuals, and serial numbers in a safe place. Finally, it may be worth your while, if you are not technically inclined, to schedule a yearly check-up from your installer; he/she will ascertain that all your components are working smoothly and within the proper technical parameters.

And, if you are looking for the latest tax credits or grants in your state, you can always visit www.dsireusa.org, and the form for the residential tax credit can be found at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf.

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Did you know that the solar power industry is installing a PV system in the U.S. every 4 minutes? http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/america-installs-a-solar-system-every-four-minutes
for the story!

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SUNDANZER, an established name in quality, reliable DC appliances, offers a new, larger DC freezer, using only 800 watt-hours a day at temps of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The capacity is 14.7 cu.ft. (390 liters), and it will operate off a 12V or 24V power system. It can also run off two 140W solar modules in most climates.

Cost is $1549 plus shipping. For more information on the SunDanzer 390L, visit http://www.eco-fridge.com/sundanzer390Lchstfrzr.html, and for information on our other efficient goods, visit www.eco-fridge.com.


Sundanzer 390L chest freezer
 
 

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New! AC SOLAR MODULES FROM BENQ. We are into our second installation of this exciting new technology, using solar modules that are 240VAC nominal, 225W (and up) rated power output (and with an industry standard, 25-year, 80% power warranty rating). The integrated microinverter converts DC to AC in each module, increasing system performance by up to 25%, reducing shade losses and making the PV system safer to install and own. These BenQ modules are installed, monitored, and maintained with ease! They are the first UL-certified AC Module on the market, with more AC modules sold than any in the industry. Call or email us for more information on this exciting new solar product. $575 each plus shipping.

Installation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDg2OxcUJPg&feature=plcp.  For a side-by-side comparison of conventional modules and the new AC offerings, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMLvhKSbwZ0&feature=plcp.

solar modules


Oasis Montana's newly installed BenQ residential system in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley (Thanks, Mick!)
 

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Bergey's Excel 1 residential wind generator and its controller make a Classic combination! Bergey's 1KW wind generator has teamed up with Midnite Solar's Classic charge controller for a wind-charging system that offers field-selectable voltages of 12V, 24V, or 48V for your battery bank. If you live in a site with a good average wind speed (10-12 mph or preferably greater), you may find the addition of a wind charging system will really help keep your batteries 'fat.' You can view information about the Excel 1 at http://bergey.com/products/wind-turbines/bergey-excel-1, and for installation information, visit http://bergey.com/technical. Cost of the Excel 1, its charge controller, and a 60 ft. tilt-up tower kit currently comes to $6099 plus freight.

Find wind maps at http://www.nrel.gov/gis/wind.html and at http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/wind_maps_none.asp.


 

Energy News Bites:

*   Jellyfish never stopped a solar power system: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/02/world/europe/sweden-jellyfish-nuclear-shutdown/index.html?eref=edition

*   650,000 solar modules declared a fire risk (not all solar modules are created equal! Watch out for the bargain stuff): http://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/650000_solar_panels_declared_fire_risk_2356

*   Solar decathalon: see the contestants and their projects: http://www.altenergymag.com/emagazine/2013/10/solar-decathlon-2013/2140

*  Prompt reporting of ND oil spill? It doesn't seem so: http://news.msn.com/us/nd-farmer-finds-oil-spill-while-harvesting-wheat?GT1=51501

*  Flying wind turbines (high altitude), a very interesting concept: http://www.skywindpower.com/science_generators.htm

*  The air we breathe is the most widespread environmental carcinogen: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/10/most-widespread-environmental-carcinogen-air-we-breathe/7301/

*  Three reasons Germans are going renewable at all costs: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/10/3-reasons-germans-are-going-renewable-at-all-costs?cmpid=WNL-Friday-October25-2013

Deep Purple Song? PV on the water and fire in the skies….A floating solar array in Japan: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/11/running-out-of-precious-land-floating-solar-pv-systems-may-be-a-solution?cmpid=WNL-Friday-November8-2013

*  Is an oil crash is on its way? http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22029415.700-an-oil-crash-is-on-its-way-and-we-should-be-ready.html#.Un0rAyfJJSE

*  Grow crops under a PV array….they are doing it in Japan: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/10/japan-next-generation-farmers-cultivate-agriculture-and-solar-energy?cmpid=WNL-Friday-October11-2013
 

*  Energy Independence Act costing less than naysayers warned: http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2022102890_daviddanneropedrenewableenergy23xml.html

*  Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Outstrip Climate Aid Fivefold: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-20/fossil-fuel-subsidies-outstrip-climate-aid-fivefold.html

*  Wind Energy Slashes Climate and Air Pollution, Saves Water: http://www.environmentamerica.org/news/ame/wind-energy-slashes-climate-and-air-pollution-saves-water

*  Just 90 Companies Are Responsible for Two-Thirds of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: http://grist.org/climate-energy/just-90-companies-are-responsible-for-two-thirds-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions/?utm_source=feedly

*  Buy a portable hydro-electric generator: http://www.gizmag.com/hydrobee-portable-hydroelectric-generator/29839/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=be274dd464-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-be274dd464-76674417
 

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WHO WE ARE and ORDERING INFORMATION:  Chris Daum, owner and manager of Oasis Montana, has been in the renewable energy field for 24 years, and our system designers will help plan a system for your needs. 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 (or even fly to your site for installation). We provide detailed wiring diagrams with the systems we sell. TO PLACE AN ORDER:  Email or call us for your freight costs; if you have any questions about your system or product, please contact us. Email is easiest and fastest (but we know that you aren’t all online). We accept Visa/MasterCard (personal and business checks are fine). For our international customers, we accept bank transfers— email or call us for our banking information. Our summer hours (April through October) are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Mountain Time, Mon. – Thurs, 8 to 4 on Fridays. 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. Call 406-777-4321 or 4309 or email us at info@oasismontana.com.  For tech support on renewable energy systems, again, email us at info@oasismontana.com. We’d be very happy to help you with your power project — send an email or give us a call!

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QUOTABLE QUOTES: 

"I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up - they have no holidays."  ―Henny Youngman

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”  ―Albert Camus

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”  ―Martin Luther King Jr.

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”  ―Mother Teresa

"The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can."  ―Giada De Laurentiis

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”  ―Black Elk

"I celebrate everyone's religious holidays. if it's good enough for the righteous, it's good enough for the self-righteous, I always say."  ―Bette Midler

“Each age has deemed the new-born year, the fittest time for festal cheer.”  ―Walter Scott

"The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory."  ―Gary Zukav

"Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer."  ―Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
 

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Thank you for your interest in Oasis Montana.  For more information go to http://www.oasismontana.com/, send us an email at info@oasismontana.com, or call us at 406-777-4321or 4309.  And feel free to share this newsletter with your friends; knowledge is POWER!
 

 
 
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.

WHY IS THE PRICE OF SOLAR MODULES LIKELY TO INCREASE?

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

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES:

  • 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.
    –Enya
  • 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!
    --Unknown
  • 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