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


Are you one in a million?

Earlier this year, towards the end of February, the number of solar power installations (commercial and residential) in the United States passed the one million mark!  This total includes systems of all sizes, as well as pumping and telecommunication systems--and while rooftop residential solar power continues to make up the majority of installations, utility-owned projects make up the greater share of the capacity.  The industry will continue to see strong growth in all areas.

It's take nearly forty years to achieve a million solar power systems, but the second million is expected to occur by 2018 -- within just two years.  Late in 2015, the U.S. solar market generated a total capacity of 27 gigawatts or just 1% of the total energy mix, but it is expected to go to three percent by 2020.  Most new generated electrical capacity at present is coming from solar, wind and other renewable sources of power.  Reliable energy can be delivered at reasonable, competitive costs with little or no pollution, creating good paying jobs (more now employed by solar installations than the coal or steel industries).

Lizard just loves this solar lantern.

The photovoltaic industry has benefited from federal tax credits and policies such as RPF (renewable portfolio standards) at the state level, and that will keep industry growth good through 2020.  As well, new technologies continue to keep costs low; and as natural gas prices rise (which are at historic lows), solar power will continue to be attractive to utilities, shareholders and homeowners.  For gas refineries, you need to pipe or transport gas; with coal, its transportation costs (and its mining) are cost-prohibitive--but with solar, once you build the facility, the answer comes up every morning -- and free is always cheapest.

Due to the great number of home installations, it's quite possible the millionth system was installed on a residence.  We at Oasis Montana have beenOasis Montana Solar Electric Office enjoying the benefits of reliable solar power and low utility bills for several years with our home office system.  It's not just a good idea for the environment, climate and future generations: it's just plain cool to obtain your power from the sun -- and makes a statement to try and be a steward for cleaner energy.  And, it's also a hedge again utility inflation.  Solar power is frequently contagious; many times a homeowner will see a neighboring installation and decide they want a solar power system too, to enjoy the benefits and 'cool factor' of solar power.

Solar power is just getting out of the starting gate, and has a long way to go!  

An Oasis without water?
(by Chris Daum, owner of Oasis Montana)

Water again at Oasis Montana solar electric companyThis spring and summer at Oasis Montana we had major water issues.  Our well was slowly in the process of going dry, and had been going downhill in output and pressure.  I noticed last year that my (3500 ft.) drip system didn't seem to be getting much water towards the end of the lines -- and when filling a bucket of water, there were a lot more particulates in it, even metal.  I thought our pump was failing (even though our first pump lasted 23 years and only got replaced about 12 years ago).  My pump guy comes out and runs a few tests and gives me the bad news, those words no one wants to hear: "It's not your pump, it's your well that's going bad". 

When our well was initially drilled in 1981, the static water level was at ~160 feet, and the pump hung at 180 feet in a 186 ft. deep well.  Now the static water level had dropped almost 20 feet....   So my pump was sucking up a bunch of sand and even metal filings from the inside of the well casing at the bottom of the well.  I have several neighbors who've had similar problems in the past few years-- their well filled with sand and they eventually had to drill another.  The water table and the aquifers are dropping in our valley, according to the well drillers and pump setters.  And mine was another casualty.  There are thousands more wells in this area that have been drilled in the past 35 years, many more than existed in 1981.  And we now have longer, warmer summers and less snowpack in the winter; it all adds up. Like many other parts of the country, the water table is dropping, and there continue to be more and more people, each with their own well, pumping out of the aquifers. 

When my well was going dry, we still had 10 to 15 minutes a day of water at the frost-free spigot (outside line) until the pump would start sucking up air, then it would shut down.  We had to prevent the water from coming into the house as the particulates were actually clogging the plumbing (we eventually had to re-plumb the toilets and faucets because those tiny supply lines were clogged).  So every day, I would fill up buckets for dishes and bathing, and then let the water run for a few minutes each on my fruit trees; it was enough to keep them alive, fortunately.

So I had to have another well drilled, and this time we took it down another 100 feet, to 289 feet (@ $32/foot).  I have a three horsepower variable speed pump in it now, that has a 'soft start' capacity, and it runs off my Outback Power Radian inverter.  It took a while to get things figured out (initially, the first pump controller proved to be faulty), but finally by mid-August everything was back in excellent working order (except for my wallet!).   And my hand-watering techniques kept all of my trees going -- we even ended up with bumper crops of apricots, peaches and apples.

I certainly did learn that it's just not an oasis if you don't have water!  If you need to look at different pumping options, call us or visit www.PVsolarpumps.com for more information.


Merging nicely  - two pump companies become one.      

SR-122 Helical Rotor Solar PumpThere has been an interesting and exciting merging of surface and well pumps; Dankoff Solar Pumps (surface pumps) was acquired by Solar Power and Pump Company, located in Elk City, OK, in January of 2014.

What’s the big deal?  Here is what makes this a big deal:  these pumps are all repairable. When purchasing one of these pumps, either surface or down-hole, you have the ability to repair them as opposed to the usual “planned obsolescence” or “throw away” premise from some other pump manufacturers.  SunRotor pumps have been extremely robust. We have had one call for troubleshooting their units and that problem was resolved within 24 hours. Pretty impressive; we work with a host of pump manufacturers and these pumps have by far the least number of calls from my customers needing some help.  A robust pump that is repairable at reasonable cost?  We are pleased to be able offer SunRotor and Dankoff Solar Pump products to our customers as a viable solution to remote living, be it livestock watering, irrigation, wildlife management or domestic use.

 

Don’t let lightning cause you to lose your water

One of the major problems involved with remotesolar livestock watering from Oasis Montana Inc. livestock watering is long control wiring runs to a storage tank located away from the well head. A lightning strike within 100 yards of the systems has been dangerous and caused consternation on the “why” from our friends. The long wire run can act as a conductor for lightning strikes and fry the controller. Of critical importance is locating a “surge suppressor” into the design of the system. By partnering with our pump suppliers we have come up with a solution that eliminates the long wire runs.

Using a manifold with a pressure switch in parallel with the water supply line has proven to be an excellent solution. These pressure switch systems can be yours for around $285 (pricing subject to change). A small price when considering the value of a $2000 pump! By keeping the sensors within a short distance of the well head and controls we can minimize the problem of a lighting strike near the well head. These manifold systems can operate on almost any pump system and from any depth. Typically there will be more than one solution for any given problem. Call your friends at Oasis Montana and let us help you with yours, 406-777-4321. 

 

Under pressure    

Grundfos has a new pressure boosting pump that provides constant water pressureNew SCALA2 solar water pump from Grundfos for your home. The SCALA 2 pressure pump is capable of producing from 22 to 80psi, to 8 taps and up to three floors worth of home -- several people operating taps, sinks or showers are not a problem. This little brute can boost your water pressure, provide “city” water pressure to your cabin while flowing at up to 16gpm. Additionally this pump can draw water from up to 26 ft at sea level while being one of the quietest booster pumps on the market.  With a built-in sensor that constantly measures discharge pressure, it stands ready to meet your domestic water needs.  For less than $1200 we can bring all the comforts of a home shower to you in your far-flung wilderness retreat, taking some of the rough out of roughing it.  People can live without a lot of things, but water's not one of them!   Call us for more information, 406-777-4321.


The future in batteries is here right now!

The SimpliPhi Smart-tech Phi 3.4 is a deep-cycle, Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP) battery, optomized with proprietary cell architecture. It is modular, lightweight, and can be used for a variety of applications from kWh to mWh, for all applications from remote homes, back-up to grid-tie, UPS, mobile and more. With a lifespan of 10,000 cycles to 80% depth of discharge, these just may be the last batteries you purchase! They are maintenance-free, do not suffer thermal runaway like some lithium-ion types, and do not outgas, so they do not require any special ventiltion. Manuals, warranty and specification information -- call or e-mail us for the particulars. Please click here for more information on this exciting battery line.


Appliance efficiency:  AC versus DC

Early on in the pioneer days of solar power, most systems were based on 12V battery charging; the inverters were 12V, and many of the appliances for off-grid homes DC Chest Freezerwere specialty 12V appliances.  Those first inverters were terribly inefficient, and might lose as much as 50% of its power (or more), converting DC to AC.  The DC appliances then might include blenders, answering machines, refrigerators/freezers, lighting, fans, vacuum cleaners and water pumps -- and they were pricey.  Fast forward to 2016.  Now, the inverters for remote homes are usually based on 24V or even 48V, and the inverters themselves are so much more efficient that purchasing expensive DC appliances is no longer the norm or even necessary, as there are many efficient (think Energy Star) appliances available.  But there are still some loads that lend themselves to greater efficiency when they are DC, namely certain refrigerators, freezers and water pumps.  We offer the SunDanzer line of chest models of DC fridges and freezers, and they also offer a small fridge-freezer and larger (390L  or 14.7 cu.ft.) freezer.  Their units will operate off of a 12V or 24V battery system, and if necessary, can be built at the factory to run off of your 48V battery bank.  If you look at the numbers on these at http://www.eco-fridge.com/dcfridge.html and http://www.eco-fridge.com/sundanzer390Lchstfrzr.html, these are amazingly efficient.  If saving watts for your remote home is essential, check out these DC appliances for the utmost in efficiency and reliability. 


Diamond upright gas freezer

 

New Non-electric Propane Freezer from Diamond.  The Amish folks in Ohio have added another LP appliance to their offerings, a 15 cu.ft. upright gas freezer; $2429 plus shipping, five year manufacturer's warranty. Click here for more information.

 

 


Oasis Electric Bill:

In February we paid for some electricity, the first time in a couple of years. Raising chicks last spring meant we didn't build up so much 'credit' (in terms of kilowatthours accrued) with Northwestern Energy and needed to purchase some electricity from them in late winter to make up the shortfall. We usually just have to pay for the hook-up charge of $5.25 per month. As you can see, it pays to be efficient to keep your bills low!

OF INTEREST TO MONTANANS:  If you have a renewable power project  that you are considering (solar, wind, biomass, hydro, ground source heat pump, etc.) and you are looking for a low-interest loan, visit the DEQ's site at http://deq.mt.gov/Energy/EnergizeMT/renewable/altenergyloan for more information.  They are offering loans of up to $40K at a fixed rate of 3.25%; all loans must be paid within 10 years.  Combined with the 30% federal tax credit, it certainly makes a renewable project very affordable!  There's also a state tax credit of $500 per person (so, $1000 if you are married).  If you are outside the state of MT, you can find information on what incentives may be available for your solar project at www.dsireusa.org.


Renewable Energy News Bites:

Water is the lifeblood of the world.  What's YOUR water footprint? 
http://changethecourse.us/conserve/?cmpid=ctc-eml-2016-09-08

Texas coal plants are uneconomical: 
http://ieefa.org/ieefa-texas-beginning-end-coal-fired-electricity-%e2%80%a8

Wind power is getting cheaper as wind turbines get bigger:  http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/think-wind-power-is-cheap-now-wait-until-2030

If you purchased certain BP solar modules between 1999 and 2007, you may be due for some recompense:  http://www.bpsolarsettlement.com/

The war on solar power -- and not just in Florida:  http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-koch-brothers-dirty-war-on-solar-power-20160211#ixzz3ztWkbp5e

Is natural gas really better than coal?  http://www.thenation.com/article/global-warming-terrifying-new-chemistry

Dave Letterman's love affair with solar power:  http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/16/david-letterman-years-living-dangerously-trailer

The most -- and least -- energy efficient states:  http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/10/06/most-and-least-energy-states?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2015-10-6

Thinking to add wind to your power system?  Make sure your wind turbine is eligible for the federal tax credit:  http://www.irecusa.org/credentialing/certified-small-wind-turbines/?utm_source=Press%20Release%20-%20IRS%20Issues%20New%20Guidance%20for%20Small%20Wind%20Turbines&utm_campaign=June%20PR&utm_medium=email

Fossil fuel subsidies still get 5X that of renewables: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/06/global-wind-energy-insight-do-they-mean-it-this-time.html

Better than lithium-ion?  https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/can-redflows-home-flow-battery-really-beat-lithium-ion?utm_source=Storage&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=GTMStorage

All parties should embrace renewable power:  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/republicans-should-embrace-the-freedom-of-renewable-energy-2016-10-11

Wave powered electricity makes its debut in Hawaii:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wave-powered-electricity-makes-us-debut-hawaii/?hd&utm_campaign=2016-09-27+CEBN&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Pew

Church claims 'freedom of religion' to have solar power system installed:  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/08/03/3804896/unitarian-universalist-solar-panels-religious-liberty/


QUOTABLE QUOTES:

"Society speaks and all men listen; mountains speak and wise men listen" — John Muir

"We must encourage all people of good will to join the work of abolishing war and weapons -- not out of fear of dying, but out of the joy of living."  --- Mairead Maguire

"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."  --Nelson Mandela

"People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke." —Will Rogers

"The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”  -- Stephen Hawking.

We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away. Zhuangzi

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house."  --Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country." —Ambrose Bierce

"I don't want to be invited to the family hunting party." —President Barack Obama, on revelations that he and Dick Cheney are eighth cousins

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. -- Clarence Darrow

"It isn't pollution that is hurting the environment; it's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."  -- Dan Quayle

"Anyone who thinks that fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day."  --Shira Tamir

Please feel free to share this information with others. Knowledge is power!

   


Greetings from our solar powered office!

In the event of a lengthy power outage, what are your critical loads?

With the presence of winter storms, hurricanes, tornados and aging grid infrastructure as part of daily life, many people are rethinking how reliable utility power really is, and we are getting more calls for back-up power for certain loads. Some of our customers just need to have power for charging their cell phones, Kindles, tablets or similar devices (and a couple of lights or a small TV for an hour or so); a small system for them might entail the following components:

System #1, small system: One ~300W solar module, 300W sine wave inverter, charge controller, 12V 55AH AGM battery, combiner enclosure with fuse, flush roof rack, panel output cable; $1449
For additional information on smallish, RV-type systems, visit http://www.oasismontana.com/RV_systems.html.

Other folks are concerned about losing their food if the grid goes down, so they’ll want to power their refrigerator and perhaps a freezer too. If your appliances are of more recent vintage, backing them up will cost much less than if they are older, less efficient models. An efficient refrigerator shouldn’t use much more than a kilowatthour a day, and a freezer might be in the ~1.5KWH range (but contact the manufacturer to be certain). A system to power those loads, plus a couple of lights, might entail these components:

System #2, medium system: (MS2812 Magnum inverter, 6 ~300W solar modules, 6X top of pole mount, Classic 200 MPPT charge controller, 4 L16 type batteries + cabling, battery monitor, interconnects, combiners and disconnects; $8700

If you don’t have city water, a common concern is powering your well pump. One can live without a lot of things but water is not one of them! And many deep well pumps are 240VAC; if you needed a backup power system to run your ½ HP 240VAC pump, say, one hour a day, plus extra power for a fridge and small loads, you might be looking at a system of this size:

System #3, large system: (Radian GS4048 – loaded, on a pre-wired power center that includes the charge controller, MATE3 system monitor, disconnects, etc., 12 – ~300W solar modules, 16 – L16 type batteries, pole mount, battery cabling = $14750

Costs do not include freight, installation, concrete footer for pole mounts, ground rod & clamp, and miscellaneous electrical widgets or wire runs.


       

Some people think solar modules are ugly – but I think they’re beautiful…and how wonderful it is to get electricity from sunlight!
And, you can enjoy saving money while saving the planet.


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Are you looking at a stock watering project this year? Or you want power for a pump if the utility fails? Or perhaps you have a pond to fill, or fruit trees that need irrigating? A remote cabin? Contact us for all your remote water pumping needs; visit www.PVsolarpumps.com for more information.


If your only concern if the power goes out is water and you have a, say, 1.5 HP 240VAC pump, we can now run many of those pumps array direct whenever the sun is shining. So if you need water for irrigation or stock, this new PicoCell system might be just what you need. The PicoCell, from SunTech Drives, is now part of our line of quality solar products, and we look forward to the next generation of their solar evolution as the newer and more robust water pump solutions come on board. Being powerless doesn’t mean being waterless any more! Depending on your water pump make and model, we may have a solution for those times when the power is gone but the need for water exists and the sun is shining. Three-phase water pumps and motors under 2HP manufactured by Berkley, Franklin, Flint, Goulds, Grundfos, Myers and Wailing are all great candidates for using the new PicoCell from SunTech Drive to run your water pump while the sun is shining and conventional power is out. Single phase pumps up to 1HP from these same manufacturers, including Sta-Rite are able to operate effectively also. Call for more information or to see if your pump will work with a PicoCell. 406-777-4321


Cows LOVE solar water pumping!


 

We offer the Grundfos, SunRotor, Dankoff and Lorentz pump line, from submersible to surface pumps. And we can power your 240VAC pump too! 406-777-4321 for tech support on pump systems.


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TAX SEASON is nearly upon us! If you had a solar power system installed and running by 31st December, 2017, you are eligible for a 30% tax credit of the cost of your solar module installation, less any state incentives or rebates. The 30% tax credit is still available through the end of 2019, so now the time is ripe for investment in the solar power system of your dreams. It is also available for certain types of solar thermal (hot water and space heating) systems. https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits/solar_energy_systems for the links about the federal tax credit; http://www.dsireusa.org for a state-by-state database of all renewable incentives; and https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf for the personal tax credit form. We are NOT tax experts, so when in doubt, consult your accountant or visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i5695?utm_source=Iron+Edison+Newsletter&utm_campaign=35a4413d23-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_eaf26bfcab-35a4413d23-135295541&mc_cid=35a4413d23&mc_eid=6d3c772416

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OUTBACK POWER has a new charge controller, the FlexMax 100! This will allow for longer strings of solar modules and is fully NEC 2014 compliant with the Outback ICS Plus. It offers:

> a rainproof outdoor IP54/Type PR enclosure
> 100A output for up to 5KW of charging
> suitable for 24, 36 or 48V battery banks
> updated MPPT software algorithm means more power than other controllers
> up to 99% efficiency; LED indicators status display
> Five year warranty
> system configures quickly (MATE3S required)
> minimum battery bank size: 100ah
> had built in GFCI, field-replaceable cooling fan
> built in 128 days of data logging

You can view more information on this exciting new charge controller at http://www.outbackpower.com/outback-products/make-the-power/flexmax-series-charge-controllers/item/flexmax-100?category_id=531
Now available at a special introductory price of $1045 plus shipping (offer good til 4/30/18)

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NEW PRODUCT FEATURE

MNChinook 200 Wind Turbine Now Officially Available http://files.constantcontact.com/aaa32e00401/5cc9c46b-fd24-4c58-8538-64e359dee783.jpg
The Chinook 200 is now new and improved, a direct-drive micro-turbine designed for use in 12, 24 or 48 volt DC battery charging applications. Its attractive low-profile design, exceptional performance in low winds and low rotor acoustics, make this turbine the ideal choice for almost any application. It’s also very quiet, and mounts on a 1.5” Schedule 40 steel pipe.

The Chinook 200 can also work hand-in-hand with PV panels to ensure that power is being generated in all weather conditions; they can be charging the same battery bank, and are also suitable for marine use. The MidNite Chinook Diversion Load (CDL) is an integrated solution designed to prevent 12, 24 or 48 volt batteries from overcharging and is included with the Chinook 200. Compact and easy to install, the CDL incorporates a 300 Watt resistive heating element and controller board in a powder coated steel enclosure. $995 plus shipping includes its dump load controller. The output voltage is not field selectable and must be ordered for either 12V, 24V or 48V battery charging. Designed in Montana and still made in the USA, if you have good average wind speeds (10-12 mph+) you will find this to be an excellent addition to your battery charging scheme.

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SOLAR PANELS: Despite the 30% import tariff on certain incoming solar modules, there are still a lot of good deals to be had.

NEO Solar Power 360W Mono 72 cell, Tier 1 module Vmp 39.01V Imp 9.23A 77” x 35”, pallet quantity is 30; minimum order quantity is 10. Cost is $309 per module in pallet quantities.

MightyMax Solar 150W 12V nominal modules, 24/pallet, Vmp 17.7V Imp 8.47A 39.’” X 39”, cost is $215 each in pallet quantities.

Hanwha QCells Black Q.Peak G4.1 295W Vmp 32.19V Imp 9.17A 65.7” x 39.4”, minimum quantity 4, cost $269 each

Canadian Solar MaxPower CS6U-325P (poly), 325W, Vmp 37V Imp 8.78A 77.2” x 39.1”, minimum quantity 4, cost $298 each

LG Mono 330E1C-A5 330W AC module (includes Enphase IQ6+Micro-inverter) 66.38” x 40”, minimum quantity 4, $555 each (max string 13 of these AC modules)

SolarWorld Plus SW300 Mono 300W Vmp 32.6V Imp 9.31A 65.95” x 39.4”, minimum quantity 4, $360 each

GLC 325W Multicrystalline Vmp 37.6V Imp 8.64A, 77” x 39.05”, 26 per pallet, cost is $269 each in pallet quantities.

We can also source a variety of other solar products including Trina, ET Solar, Yingle, Jinko, Csun, etc.
Many of our suppliers have a substantial fee for less than pallet quantities.

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Yes it’s finally SPRING and we are offering our gorgeous indigenous corn seed to you for the price of postage. An ounce is about 100 seeds and (since the P.O. considers this a ‘package’), cost to mail you about 1.5 ounces is $1.21

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No power is no problem with our gas refrigerators – now featuring the new economical HOMESTEADER line by Diamond

The manufacturers of the Diamond propane gas refrigerators are now offering a non-CSA certified offering available as a refrigerator/freezer unit in 19 cu.ft. and 21 cu.ft. capacities. While this means we cannot ship these to Canada, their cooling performance is not compromised in any fashion – in fact these have the same identical cooling unit as those installed in the Diamond gas fridges of the same size. These are some of the finest performing gas absorption units in the industry. Both sizes will be offered in the popular white, black and also stainless steel finishes, and they are less costly than most other models in the full size range. Here are the specifications:

19 cu.ft. Homesteader

 

 

 

 

Our customer Rick Freeman from southern California swaps out his old batteries for new to re-charge his PV system.
These 6V batteries weigh about 110 lbs. each.

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES:

  • “Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.”
    --Gustav Mahler

  • "We have to prepare our cities for the increasing scarcity of resources by increasing their density and energy efficiency." -- Mathis Wackernagel

  • "Saying that you don't care about privacy because you got nothing to hide is no different than saying that you don't care about freedom of speech because you got nothing to say."
    --Edward Snowden

  • “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”
     --William Shakespeare

  • "In reality, studies show that investments to spur renewable energy and boost energy efficiency generate far more jobs than oil and coal."
    --Jeff Goodell

  • “Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.”
    --Virgil

  • “At the end of the day, no amount of investing, no amount of clean electrons, no amount of energy efficiency will save the natural world if we are not paying attention to it - if we are not paying attention to all the things that nature give us for free: clean air, clean water, breathtaking vistas, mountains for skiing, rivers for fishing, oceans for sailing, sunsets for poets, and landscapes for painters. What good is it to have wind-powered lights to brighten the night if you can't see anything green during the day? Just because we can't sell shares in nature doesn't mean it has no value.”
    --Thomas Friedman

  • “Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
    --Leo Tolstoy

  • "As the saying goes, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions. The same opportunity lies before us with energy efficiency and clean energy."
    --Steven Chu

  • “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” --Robert H. Schuller

  • "Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us."
    -- President Theodore Roosevelt
     

Please feel free to share this newsletter – knowledge is power!

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