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!

   
 

Solar Array Flag
Independent power is as American as apple pie!

There’s never been a better time to go solar!

This is the last year for the 30% federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for a solar power system. Then it will drop 4% and be at 26% for 2020; this includes installations on both residential and business properties – and may even include your RV, if you can call that a second home. The federal tax credit for all installations will end by the end of 2022.mounted solar array

You can also find out what state incentives are available for you at www.dsireusa.org. In some states, their incentives, combined with the ITC, can negate up to 80% of the system’s total cost. And all costs are deserving of the credit with the ITC, including permitting, installation and shipping (and perhaps even a new roof if it is needed).

If you use some tax software, it should ask you if you’ve installed a solar power system in the past year, but if not, and you do your own taxes, be sure to fill out IRS form 5695 – and keep all of your receipts related to your system purchase. IF you need a link to that residential tax form, here it is: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf

Reducing or negating your utility bills, and gaining energy independence (an American value!) through solar power has never been a better deal!


The Importance of WATER...

You can live without a lot of things in the world, but water isn’t one of them; clean potable water is running low or just becoming unavailable in many parts of the world, including the U.S. We’ve been engaged in solar water pumping for two decades, and there’s been many changing technologies to address water needs for residential use, and commercial endeavors such as irrigation, livestock, fish farms and wildlife management. One of the latest is to run a 240VAC pump array direct – that is, it will run when the sun is shining, and requires a solar array but no batteries. These will run a variety of pumps, 120/240V, three-phase, and change a 1 or 2 speed motor pump to a soft start. You can view information about this new technology at http://www.pvsolarpumps.com/PDFs/PicoCell Spec Sheet_Oasis Montana.pdf

Now there are even more options; if you have the need for higher amperage and horsepower, the Picocell will now handle up to 3 HP and 12 amps. These solar-powered pumps will allow your home or business to qualify for a variety of tax credits, grants, and incentive programs. If you are looking for something to power your large AC pump, We Have It!  Check out our new Picocell controllers.  Give us a call for more information, 406-777-4321.

And if you’ve been thinking of an off-grid water pumping project, you are likely to enjoy this short video from one of our pump suppliers, Lorentz.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vbONlDqmZQ


If you are a Montanan: Northwestern Energy is proposing some bad news for its net-metered customers; more information at http://montanarenewables.org/programs/general-electric-rate-case/

And if you really want to help support renewable energy in MT, please consider joining the Montana Renewable Energy Association (http://montanarenewables.org/about-us/join-mrea/). They’ll keep you informed as to legislative issues, promote our annual energy fair and offer an informative web site to help promote the advantages of renewables (www.montanarenewables.org). Please consider joining today! Your membership will make a difference.

Why energy efficiency is SO important.

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The cheapest power is that which we do not use.   https://nwenergy.org/ for more information!


Is this proper grounding?
Power line down at river crossing

Power line down at river crossing, often local power production is more dependable

Sometimes utility power is at the mercy of the elements,
as shown by these downed power lines in a flooding Montana river.

We caught these picture canoeing the Bitterroot River last June.


 

Is small wind right for you? Here’s your opportunity to find out!
For a limited time only, we are offering the Chinook wind turbine for half-price, at $495 plus shipping. You won’t find a better deal for a quality, American-made wind generator! With a top end of 250W output, this can be a valuable addition to your battery charging set-up if you regularly have winds of 10-12 mph or greater. These mount on 1.5” schedule 40 steel pipe and come with their own dump load controller. They are available as a 12, 24 or 48V charging unit, and were originally designed and built in Montana (so you know they are tough).

We’ve had one of these here at Oasis Montana for about five years now, and it still works great. Every spring and summer, we have winds in excess of 80 mph but it keeps quietly making power for our 48V battery bank. These are also suitable for marine use, to help keep your navigation equipment charged and working (as the wind on the water generally seems to be blowing most of the time). We have installation manuals and other information we can send you on these; call if you are interested, 406-777-4309, e-mail us at Oasis or visit our web page at http://www.air403windgenerators.com/chinook-wind-generator.html.

 


System Spotlight

We assisted Bryan & Shannon Tarter of southeastern Montana in their system upgrade, adding more solar modules
and going from a 12V system to replacing with a new 48V inverter for their remote home. Nice going!


STAINLESS DOOR REFRIGERATOR FOR SMALL KITCHENS

If you have a space-challenged kitchen (or a small cabin needing a fridge), we have an efficient, beautiful AC refrigerator option for you.
MODEL FF923PL (uses only 865 watt-hours per day, or .865KWH).

.attractive ff923 refrigerator with door open

 

Attractive FF923pl Stainless refrigerator

FF923pl SPECIFICATIONS:

Height of Cabinet

66.63" (169 cm)

Height to Hinge Cap

67.13" (171 cm)

Width

21.25" (54 cm)

Width with Door Open

22.0" (56 cm)

Depth

23.25" (59 cm)

Depth with door at 90°

43.0" (109 cm)

Capacity

8.9 cu.ft. (252 L)

Defrost Type

Frost-Free

Door

Stainless Steel

Cabinet

Black

US Electrical Safety

CSA

Canadian Electrical Safety

CSA-C

Energy Usage/Year

316.0kWh/year

Amps

0.9

Voltage/Frequency

115 V AC/60 Hz

Weight

110.0 lbs. (50 kg)

Shipping Weight

115.0 lbs. (52 kg)

Parts & Labor Warranty

1 Year

Compressor Warranty

5 Years

Price (before shipping)

$585

We have other efficient refrigeration options available; visit www.eco-fridge.com for AC & DC offerings, and www.LPappliances.com, for refrigerators, freezers and gas ranges that operate off of NG or LP gas with NO electrical requirements.


Solar electric power from the sunInverters, solar modules, tariffs & trade deals

The import tariffs put on many incoming products hasn’t terribly hurt the renewable energy sector. True, employment in the solar power field has dropped a couple of percentage points in the past 18 months, and some utility-size projects were put on hold, but in general renewable energy jobs are still a very a bright spot in the U.S. economy. Renewable technologies are a global industry; many solar modules considered ‘made in the USA’ still have cells made in other countries; likewise inverters and inverter parts are often made abroad. If you are looking to buy American, Mission Solar, Panasonic and SolarWorld are cranking out high-quality modules in our fair country, and we also have access to Longi, Seraphim, Canadian Solar, Trina, Jinko, LG, Silfab, CSun, Yingli and more. We can also get ahold of some of the smaller, 12V nominal modules that are sometimes difficult to find. Let us know what you need for your power project, and we shall find what you seek!


 


 

Batteries for back-up power: what are your critical loads?

6v batteries wired in series for 48 voltsThe least costly way to get into solar power (if you are hooked up to a utility) is to have a batteryless, grid-tied power system; when the sun shines, the solar modules on your roof or mounting rack make power that goes into an inverter, which converts the electricity into grid-palatable AC power and makes your meter spin slower – or makes your meter spin backwards, if you are making more power than you use. It’s a simple and direct method of reducing or negating your utility bill. However, without batteries, if the power goes out, these systems shut down (to keep the power lines from being live to protect any line workers). It can be frustrating to have a solar power system but not be able to use it if the power goes down!

There are now ways to add battery back-up to these kinds of power systems. The number of batteries needed will depend on the loads you want to power. It may be very costly to, say, power your entire home or business but if you have any important loads (like a refrigerator, or keeping necessary computers on line) – that’s how we design the size of the battery back-up needed. If your power outages are brief and rare, then you won’t need the number of batteries that someone might need if the power tends to go out for days at a time! Like any other system design, the electrical load information is most important.

We have a lot of basic battery information at www.oasismontana.com/batteries.html; most of the information is about FLA (flooded lead-acid) batteries, but we offer a lot of other options for battery back-up. Call us if you are interested in back-up power in the event of a utility outage!

 


Renewable Energy News Bites


WINTERING CHICKENS AT THE OASIS IN WESTERN MONTANA

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a chicken fancier and raise batches of chickens from time to time. Some of my friends even refer to me as the ‘chicken whisperer’.

Organic Chickens at Oasis Montana

 I’ve been keeping chickens for nearly forty years, and was raised around them as a kid, and I’ve learned some tricks about helping them to survive winter in good health. One of them is to keep clean water in front of them at all times. I have one of those heated dog waterers; it holds about a gallon; I put fresh water out every morning then top it off later in the day, and that provides enough water for my 14 chickens. The waterer itself uses about 40 watts, and when it gets above freezing it shuts off as it is thermostatically controlled. So it is not a large electrical load on my solar power system (still, that’s almost a kilowatt-hour a day when it’s cold). There are companies that sell heated chicken waterers, but they tend to use substantially more power.

I have a small chicken house that is only 6 x 8 on the floor area, but with the nests and built-in roosts, it’s pretty easy to keep clean, and its smaller size enables the chickens to stay warmer in winter than they would in a larger shed. I use a good grass hay for bedding, and rake it out when it getsOrganic eggs grown at Oasis Montana Inc. soiled (and have enough from ‘the girls’ to side dress all of my fruit trees with the manure and hay at least once a year). I have to clean their house more in winter, as the days are shorter and they spend more time indoors. But I do have a 10W LED light and timer that comes on in the chicken house about 3 a.m. – and that increases the photoperiod enough that my hens lay very well through the darkest time of the year. I used to think that hens needed some ‘time off’ in the winter – but I no longer believe that is true; when a hen chick is hatched, she contains all the embryonic eggs she will ever lay, so it’s up to us to provide the nutrition and environment to maximize their egg-laying capabilities.

There are breeds that are certainly more suitable for colder climates (and I won’t go into that in great detail, as there’s lots of information about that available), but the breeds I favor are for hardiness and egg-laying ability. The Plymouth Rocks and Ameraucanas are high on my list (and I love the colored eggs), although I presently have some crossbreeds that are prolific layers of large eggs. I feed my chickens organic grains; it’s considerably more costly but – when you consider what goes into chicken feed (mostly corn and soy) – I’d rather not have any transgenic pesticides in their feed. I eat (and sell) their eggs and sometimes I eat my chickens too, so I want all to be of the highest quality and free of chemicals.

We have designed systems for barns and sheds to provide lighting; like all systems it all depends on how much power you need and the loads you desire to run. We don’t get a lot of sun in the winter, here on the western side of the continental divide, and I don’t have a separate system just for the chicken house; we run an electrical line out there from my inverter system that powers my home/office. And the results are gorgeous, tasty eggs and healthy chickens.
 


Quotable quotes

"One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient.”
-Charles M. Blow

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer if they’re happy.” 
–Anton Chekhov

 “Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” 
–Sinclair Lewis

 “Optimize the way we use the world’s resources.  Do more with less.  Don’t wait for the politicians.  See what needs to be done and do it.” 
–R. Buckminster Fuller                                              

 “Ah, the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large on the canvas of awareness.  At the Winter Solstice, the wind is cold, the trees are bare, and all lies in stillness beneath the blanket of snow.” 
–Gary Zukav

“Humans have complicated every simple gift of the gods.” 
–Diogenes

“Bad days happen to everyone, but when one happens to you, just keep doing your best and never let a bad day make you feel bad about yourself.”
-Big Bird

“People of North America, may the example of all those nations that have preceded you, and especially that of your motherland, instruct you. Beware of the affluence of gold that brings with it the corruption of morals and the scorn of laws; beware of an unbalanced distribution of wealth that will give rise to a small number of opulent citizens and a horde of citizens in poverty, a situation that will engender the insolence of some and the deprivation of others.” 
-Diderot

“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.”
- George Washington

 
 

 

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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