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

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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

In this renewable energy newsletter issue:

The CHINOOK Wind Turbine is back in production.200 watt Chinook wind turbine

The 200W CHINOOK wind turbine is back in production and will be available by April; it's rated at ~200W and is available for 12V, 24V and now also for 48V battery charging systems. Made in Arlington, WA, and built tough as nails, this may be an ideal addition to your power system if you regularly have average wind speeds of 10 mph or greater. MSRP is $1063 but we are offering these at an introductory cost of $849 plus shipping. This wind genny mounts on a 1.5" Schedule 40 steel pipe, and has a three year manufacturer's warranty.

Technical specifications:

Rotor diameter
Rated wind velocity
Rated output
Maximum output
Cut-in wind speed
Output voltage

Tower mount
1 meter (39")
12.5 m/s (28 mph)
200 watts
250 watts
350 rpm
6.5kg (14 lbs)
12, 24 or 48V
(not field selectable)
1.5" Sch. 40 (48.3mm)
3 years (limited)

> Only two moving parts and sealed for life bearings
> Suitable for domestic or marine applications
> Quiet operation
> Excellent performance at low wind speeds Innovative injection molded
> blades Ideal for supplementing a PV system Lightweight but heavy duty
> Microcontroller based control system Designed in windy Montana, made
> in the USA "Plug & Play charge" controller with built-in dump load

Like all wind turbines, it should be mounted at least 30 ft. taller than anything else within 500 ft. If winds are good on the surface, they're even better aloft. Don't be sticking it on a 10 ft. pole above your garage! There's too much turbulance close to the ground.

means "new year's goodness to you". It's the Chinese year of the rooster, and here's a picture of one of my roosters, Frick the fricken chicken; a handsome fellow!
And happy new year's to you.

The Oasis Montana solar power system history - by owner Chris Daum

We get a lot of inquiries for backup power when the utility fails. Many people live where winter or wind storms are prevalent that can knock out power, or simply where they feel their utility power is unreliable. Like other power systems we design, we need to know what loads you want to power, and for how long, for our design parameters. Here at Oasis Montana, we've had winter storms and spring winds that have knocked out our power from time to time, so our first PV system was enough to back up a couple of important loads.

Some folks want only the basic in terms of a long-term power outage...like lights and a refrigerator. Oasis Montana's first photovoltaic system, installed in the year 2000, ran our efficient refrigerator, a couple of compact fluorescent lights, computer and printer/fax; the rest of the home/office ran on utility power. The main components were ~500W of solar modules, charge controller, 2500W 24V inverter (an old Trace Power Series model), ~1000aH of batteries (a substantial battery bank!), plus the fusing, disconnects, mount structure (we hung the solar modules off a south facing soffit), 200W wind turbine, and the balance of system goods -- surge protectors, battery interconnects, grounding parts, AC sub-panel, etcetera. The entire system cost, back then, was around $11,500, before installation and shipping costs (we installed this ourselves). Sometimes in the winter, in low light conditions, we would need to charge the batteries from the utility power (or, if we were off-grid, we would've had to run a generator -- we're on the western side of the continental divide, and we don't get a lot of sunny days in the winter). Our batteries would provide power for about 4-5 days of back-up on our fridge and office equipment loads. The back-up power was only used a couple of times, but it was nice to be able to count on refrigeration, lights and 'business as usual' regardless of if utility power was working or not. This original Oasis system made approximately 2.2KW or ~2200+ watt-hours a day in summer.

http://www.oasismontana.com/images/OurSite/install1modules.jpg -- here's our first solar array, installed in 2000, before we built the office addition.

Our original cabin was about 600 sq.ft. We didn't have an indoor toilet for 23 years!

Our first PV system worked flawlessly, with no particular care except for battery maintenance and hosing off the solar modules, for 10+ years. I imagine it reduced our utility bill also, since those loads were always powered by the sun. But we wanted to be able to power our 240VAC water pump in the event of a power outage; since it was 1.5 HP, we needed a much bigger inverter to handle the starting surge. In 2004 we built a three-story office addition. I started hiring employees and I figured the place needed an upgrade (including indoor plumbing). And the roof was a very nice angle for solar power...when the time came. As it was, we wired an outlet in every room that would run off of our existing small PV system, so we had power as needed.

Just look at all that bare roof space on the office addition.

So back in 2011, we started saving our dollars and planned a major system upgrade.

As a side note, oftimes in this industry we caution folks not to purchase every new component as soon as it's available; the latest controller, inverter, water pump, wind generator, etcetera, may sound very alluring, but it can be a very good idea to let someone else BETA test it the first year and work out any bugs, rather than deal with that possibility yourself. But I do not always follow my own advice. For the new system upgrade, we purchased an Outback Power 8KW Radian inverter and two Midnite Solar Classic charge controllers, and both had only been in production for a short period of time. The rest of the components included twenty-eight Sanyo 205W solar modules, sixteen Surrette/Rolls 530AH 6V batteries, combiner enclosures, roof mounts, system monitors, and the rest of the goods. Back in 2011 this equipment cost in the realm of $37,500 (this was before the price of the solar modules dropped by ~50% or so). If I had waited two years, I would've saved nearly $10K on the solar modules! At any rate, the system was installed in 2012 and it pretty much negates my power bill 10 to 11 months out of the year. And if the power goes out, I still have a working water pump, along with the rest of my household loads. And that new Outback Power Inverter and new Classic controllers? They worked out just fine and are still in use.

Last year, my well went dry and I had to drill another 100 ft. deeper (now 289 feet deep), so I needed a new pump for the new well. It's a Goulds 3 HP 240VAC variable speed ('soft start') pump and it runs fine off of this inverter - and can give me up to 30 gallons-per-minute as needed for my drip irrigation system, garden and household use. While we do sell DC pumps that run directly off of a solar array, we can also power AC models like mine (particularly if it's used mostly in summer, when we have long sunny days). Visit www.PVsolarpumps.com for more information.

The new Oasis power system manufactures in the realm of ~20 to 25+KWH per day in summer -- enough to negate my running the big water pump, meet my other household loads, and still feed power back to our local utility. When I'm not running my water pump (I irrigate a lot in summer, maybe 2 - 3 days a week), my daily usage is pretty minimal, perhaps 4 to 6 KWH per day, max (the average American household uses ~30 to ~35KWH per day). We heat with wood and cook with gas, and have a switch on our electric water heater to keep it off most of the time. A big system's equipment like this, today, would likely cost in the realm of $26,500 (less actually, due to the 30% federal tax credit and whatever state incentives there may be). Things have gotten more cost-effective and the return-on-investment times have decreased!

My initial big system cost probably wouldn't get me 'payback' for something like 17 - 20 years; but now with the cost decrease on the solar modules (and the tax credits), it's a whole new ballgame; and, utility rates keep rising, decreasing the payback time. Lastly, the power never goes out at our place! It's difficult to put a dollar value on that...it's sort of like having your own generating station.

Here's an article from a battery manufacturer about various points of view related to having back-up power:
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/how-to-sell-energy-storage-when-the-economics-dont-work?utm_source=Storage&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=GTMStorage The least costly way to have a solar power system for your home or business is still a straight grid-tie without batteries, but if you want back-up power, you will either need batteries or a generator.

What's the big upside to renewable energy in the United States?

Renewable Energy News Bites

The sheer economics will keep wind and solar power moving ahead:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/economics-keep-wind-solar-energy-thriving-jigar-shah?trk=eml-b2_content_ecosystem_digest-recommended_articles-115-null&midToken=AQGdgigratvf_Q&fromEmail=fromEmail&ut=3P6heLe4cLGTw1

Automakers Ask Trump to Roll Back Fuel Efficiency Rules:  http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/305497-automakers-ask-trump-to-roll-back-fuel-efficiency-rules

 Worldwide, renewables have surpassed coal in electrical generation:  https://thinkprogress.org/more-renewables-than-coal-worldwide-36a3ab11704d#.p2u4dqqpk

Stanford studies indicate that high C02 levels makes plants suffer:  https://ww2.kqed.org/science/2016/09/06/groundbreaking-stanford-study-shows-plants-suffering-from-raised-co2/

Check out the video and pictures of the Crescent Dunes molten salt solar facility:  https://www.wired.com/2016/09/reuben-wu-crescent-dunes-solar/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202016-09-22%20Utility%20Dive%20Solar%20%5Bissue:7360%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive:%20Solar

Solar power saves villagers from snake bite deaths:  https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/how-solar-plus-storage-is-saving-people-from-snakebites?utm_source=Storage&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=GTMStorage

Why isn't there more tidal power?  https://thewaternetwork.com/article-FfV/when-will-our-electricity-come-from-the-sea-ThRengYh4nKELA2cELOCqw

Unmanned Mayflower solar trimaran (research vessel) aims to cross the Atlantic:  https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/01/04/unmanned-mayflower-solar-trimaran-aims-to-cross-atlantic/ 

Wind Across Rural and Rust Belt America Powers Big Brands:  http://www.awea.org/MediaCenter/pressreleasev2.aspx?ItemNumber=9650

Too bad, coal.  Solar is where the jobs are!  http://fortune.com/2017/02/21/donald-trump-jobs-coal-mining-solar-energy

The Johnny Cash Tribute Band: Coal train blues (pretty good!)  http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2014/youtube-coal-train-video-01-22-2014.html

Asian countries are "out-investing" the U.S. --  but this report outlines how U.S. can regain the clean energy foothold:  https://itif.org/publications/2016/12/13/energy-innovation-policy-priorities-trump-administration-and-congress

Burning wood for biomass is not such a great idea:  https://www.newscientist.com/article/2122115-the-eus-renewable-energy-policy-is-making-global-warming-worse/

U.S. wind power capacity exceeds hydro for the first time:  http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/02/us-wind-power-capacity-exceeds-hydro-for-first-time-awea-says.html?cmpid=enl_rew_renewableenergynews_2017-02-10&email_address=info@oasismontana.com&eid=291084889&bid=1659770

A disturbing time lapse video (less than 90 seconds) that big oil doesn't want you to see:  http://www.upworthy.com/watch-this-is-one-time-lapse-big-oil-doesnt-want-you-to-see?c=upw1 

Here's an extremely cool wind map of the U.S.:  http://hint.fm/wind/  and on this one http://earth.nullschool.net/ you can use your cursor to spin the earth and look at its winds.  Beautiful!

Printable solar cells might be in the future:  https://pv-magazine-usa.com/press-releases/printable-solar-cells-just-got-a-little-closer/

Clearly someone's not minding the store.  Imagine having such a solar array, and not taking care of it to maximize power production!  A clear case of array gone awry!

Battery Back-up for Grid-tied PV

Oasis Montana has sold quote a few straight grid-tie systems -- with no batteries. While they are excellent for reducing your electrical bill (or making your meter spin the other way if you are making more power than you are using), if the utility power shuts down, so does this system. It’s a safety feature that keeps the lines from being live, to protect any linemen who may be working on a utility repair.

The good news is that now you can add components to your grid-tied system to have battery back-up for your essential loads. People ‘in the know’ in the industry have come up with solutions to keep the power flowing when the sun is shining. Grid-tied solar photovoltaic systems need to sense the frequency and voltage from the grid to work; now, when the power goes out, you can feed that power generating from the grid-tie inverter into a battery based inverter and battery bank. Let’s say you have ten 250W solar modules and a 3KW grid-tied inverter (and the rest of the goods for your system). You can add the following components to get battery backup in the event of a power outage.

Midnite Solar Power Panel MNEMS4024
This power center includes a 4KW inverter, Magnum Router, AC Bypass, and Battery Temp Sensor
12 - S550 Surrette 6V Batteries (~850aH storage)
+ Battery Cables and Misc Electrical

Total cost (before freight, battery box, misc. widgets & installation): $10795

This addition to your system will provide enough power for an efficient refrigerator and freezer, a few LED lights, microwave and TV/stereo, and up to three days of backup in low sun conditions. Like figuring the requirements for any backup system, the more efficient you are the less it will cost, and the more power you need or more batteries desired, that will increase the costs. Questions? Give us a call at 406-777-4321 and let us know how we can keep your lights from going out!

Quotable quotes:

"Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom." --Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

"As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder." --John Glenn

"Ours is a world of rapidly increasing sameness. And as we lose more and more species to extinction, as more and more forms of otherness pass into the night, it has seemed crucial to me that we extend our empathy to these other forms. The embodiment of that empathy is our protection." ---Lydia Millet

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" — MLK

“Wasser ist zum Baden; Bier ist zu Trinken.” (Water is for bathing; beer is for drinking).”

"Without trust, we cannot face the difficult challenges in our world." – António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." -- Carl Sagan

"We are at a crossroads. We can continue on the path we have been on, in this nation that privileges profit over people and land; or we can unite as citizens with a common cause -- the health and wealth of the Earth that sustains us. If we cannot commit to this kind of fundamental shift in our relationship to people and place, then democracy becomes another myth perpetuated by those in power who care only about themselves." ---Terry Tempest Williams, High Country News

"If life were fair, Elvis would still be alive today and all the impersonators would be dead." -- Johnny Carson

"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

"There ought to be one day -- just one -- when there is open season on Congressmen." --Will Rogers

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

"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.” -- Physicist Stephen Hawking.

"Indeed, I have often observed that statements which are the exact opposites of the truth are often more effective than reasoned arguments which respect the facts." -- Julius Ceasar

Sign in a hardware store: "The bitterness of poor quality and service remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten."

"I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden." --Ruth Stout

flower spring flowers purple
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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.


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.


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

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)



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.



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.


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

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.



  • “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.”

  • “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

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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