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.
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
Why energy efficiency is SO important.
The cheapest power is that which we do not use. https://nwenergy.org/ for more information!
Is small wind right for
you? Here’s your opportunity to find out!
We assisted Bryan & Shannon
Tarter of southeastern Montana in their system upgrade, adding
more solar modules
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.
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.
Inverters, 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?
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!
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’.
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.
"One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm.
The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient.”
“People don’t notice
whether it’s winter or summer if they’re happy.”
is not a season, it’s an occupation.”
“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.”
“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
“Humans have complicated every simple gift of the gods.”
“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
“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.”
“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.”
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