Fall-Winter 2020 Oasis Montana Newsletter Index
and greetings from our solar powered office.
What a crazy year
this had been!
Between the COVID19
and the election season, it seem like it’s madness and chaos everywhere.
Still, we have been busy here at Oasis Montana, trying to meet the
demand for clean solar power for our customers. Our supply chains
are generally intact, although we are seeing some price fluctuations and
severely extended lead times on certain items. In the U.S.,
there’s still a 26% federal tax credit available through the end of this
year; in 2021, it will drop to 22% and in 2022 there will be a 10% tax
credit for commercial systems only. If you’ve been thinking about
going solar, now is the time.
|We have access to a variety of solar modules.
Availability is tenuous, due to end-of-year projects and import
tariffs, but if you are trying to get your project finished by
December 31st, here are some options, available at this writing.
Module type and availability is always changing, but call us for
the latest information.
Mission Solar 320W Mono 60 cell, black frame, black backsheet,
Mission Solar 385W Mono 72 Cell, silver frame, white backsheet,
$255 These are American manufactured, high quality, 25 year
limited power and product warranty.
Phono Solar 315W Mono 60 cell, $157
Axitech 320W 120 cell Mono $162 German engineered for American
Canadian Solar 355W, 72 cell, pallet quantities only, $159 per
Trina 395W bi-facial, 72 cell, pallet quantities only, $209 per
Tesla (by Panasonic), 330W, 96 cell, pallet quantities only,
$220 per module
Please call for availability or lead times! 406-777-4321
FREEZER FROM CRYSTAL COLD
|Our appliance supply line has been
hurt of late, between COVID19 and the import tariffs on
steel and aluminum. Many of the cabinets for the
larger gas freezers simply are not available in this country
at present – but we do have a new kid on the block, the CC9
propane freezer by Crystal Cold. Our suppliers
have listened to you requests for a chest model gas freezer.
The CC9 is $2449 plus
shipping, nine cu.ft. capacity. Outside dimensions,
41.5"L x 33"W x 40"H, inside dimensions 32.25"L x 17.5"W x
26"H, 1788 BTUs; using a max of 1.5 lbs of propane per 24
hours. Call for a shipping quote on this new model.
The least costly freight deal is if this can ship to a
freight terminal, or to a business near you (on the beaten
path) that has a forklift. For a residential delivery,
there must be room for a big truck to get on and out, paved
all the way, so residential deliveries are not available in
all locations due to access issues. Features on the
CC9 include a battery-driven interior light and an exterior
thermostat. Call for your freight on this new gas freezer!
|OF INTEREST TO MONTANANS:
The Growth Through Agriculture Program is accepting loan and
grant applications through November 30th, 2020. It’s been
established by the Montana Legislature to strengthen and
diversify Montana’s agricultural industry through the
development of new products and processes. Examples of
eligible project activities involve equipment purchases,
construction costs, advertising and promotion, and
consultant services for engineering. Visit the official
state website at
https://agr.mt.gov/GTA; if you think you might qualify,
it is suggested you start your application process as soon
as possible. Good luck!
Cool new paint can reduce need for air conditioning and save
The truth about fossil fuel subsidies: https://truthout.org/articles/fossil-fuels-already-get-billions-in-bailouts-theyre-called-subsidies/
People in quarantine are seeking solar power: https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/05/12/people-in-quarantine-are-searching-for-solar-power/?utm_source=pv+magazine+USA&utm_campaign=b91f5a52e0-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_80e0d17bb8-b91f5a52e0-155454613
What's it going to take? Looking to the future of
Imagine two cents a kilowatthour solar: https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/05/19/sunny-places-could-see-average-solar-prices-of-0-01-or-0-02-per-kilowatt-hour-within-15-years/?utm_source=pv+magazine+USA&utm_campaign=184a147f6a-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_80e0d17bb8-184a147f6a-155454613
Integrating agriculture and solar energy production: https://www.pv-magazine-india.com/2020/05/27/integrating-agriculture-and-solar-energy-production/?utm_source=pv+magazine+USA&utm_campaign=72df613c04-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_80e0d17bb8-72df613c04-155454613
The racial inequality in clean energy and how to fight it. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10062020/inside-clean-energy-racial-inequity-solar?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202020-06-18%20Utility%20Dive%20Renewable%20Energy%20%5Bissue:28024%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive:%20Renewable%20Energy
Check this out – you can ‘convert’ anything here (unit converter): https://www.easyunitconverter.com/
Drinking water from…air? https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200617005708/en/Zero-Mass-Water-Raises-50-Million-Scale
More renewables bypassing natural gas bridge and going straight to
A time lapse video of our sun – 10 years worth in one hour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=36&v=l3QQQu7QLoM&feature=emb_logo
Biden-Sanders task force place to install 500 million solar modules in
the U.S. in the next five years: https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/07/10/biden-sanders-task-force-calls-for-installing-500-million-solar-modules-in-next-five-years/
Wealthy Americans are the least efficient: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/21/rich-americans-homes-greenhouse-gasses-energy?utm_term=82de143b497d9d2db420e03423dd75de&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=GTUS_email
Less pollution = more solar power: https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2020/07/the-covid-lockdowns-effect-on-solar-installations-are-a-silver-lining/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-covid-lockdowns-effect-on-solar-installations-are-a-silver-lining
Can you mix lithium and lead-acid batteries? Probably not… https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2020/08/can-you-mix-lithium-and-lead-acid-batteries-on-an-energy-storage-project/?spMailingID=29482&puid=360293&E=360293&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=29482
Simple paint job on wind turbines saves birds: https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2020/09/a-simple-paint-job-can-save-birds-from-wind-turbines/
How does your state stack up on clean energy? https://www.cebn.org/clean-energy-50-state-rankings/?emci=ec8f503f-36ff-ea11-96f5-00155d03affc&emdi=2d93d180-7dff-ea11-96f5-00155d03affc&ceid=3959210
What are solar modules made of? https://ae-solar.com/what-pv-modules-made-of/
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