|It’s been a very cold and wintery spring in many parts
of the country, and certainly in Montana! But we are hoping for
sunnier and warmer times – just not too warm. Supply chain issues
are continuing to dog the solar industry; the 25% tariff instituted
(in 2018) on imported steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum that hurt
many manufacturers are finally being lifted, but it will take a
while for that to translate into more product availability. In the
meanwhile, we continue to help our customers rely on green power and
back-up for critical loads as necessary, and many of the needed
components are still available.
WE CAN SUPPLY BIG BATTERIES.
The battery supply chain has
been greatly affected; most L16 type and golf cart batteries
(commonly used in our residential power systems) have
significant lead times. We still have a good source for LFP
(lithium ferro phosphate) batteries and also have access to some
of the best FLA (flooded lead acid) batteries – and here is one
offering: industrial 2V cells by IBE.
Standard Battery Features:
Flag type terminals on
positive and negative posts for easy installation. A .375 in.
diameter hole in each flag for bolting inter-cell connectors.
The cell are high capacity
Industrial Type for deep cycle operation and high recovery
Heat Sealed cell cover to
eliminate the major source of electrolyte leakage and thereby
reducing corrosion build-up.
Powder Coat Paint is standard.
It is highly acid resistant and tough.
Lifting handles are provided
for easy handling and transporting (hah, these are still very
Batteries can be discharged to
80% of rated capacity without plate damage. Charging will return
battery specific gravity level to approximately 1.275-1.285
measured by hydrometer.
IBE batteries are heavy duty, deep cycle, high recovery, industrial
type cells. Cover welding is standard on all cells. Flag terminals
are standard, and built-in pigtails are available at a cost of $40
per pigtail. The least costly shipping deal is if these could ship
to a business on the beaten path with a forklift. These offer a 5 year
manufacturer’s warranty – call or e-mail for more information.
Click here to view MSRP pricing,
sizes and amphour capacities. These have a 4-6 week lead time; with
proper care and charging, these batteries will last you 20-25 years.
Call for your pricing and shipping costs.
We also offer the Solar One HuP
batteries; with one of the best warranties in the industry, these
heavy duty batteries will give you years of reliable service. Visit
specifications and pricing. Also, these will ship freight free if
they can go to a commercial drop point ‘on the beaten path’ that has
http://www.oasismontana.com/batteries.html for additional basic
If you have a small cabin, or are perhaps adding on to a small apartment, you’ve probably found that some kitchens have needs not
met by traditional appliances. Do you need a sink with no plumbing?
A stove or cooktop with no electricity? We’ve got suppliers with a
variety of appliance options.
Here’s one, the #ACK54GASW, $2495 plus shipping. It’s 54”W x
23.75”D x 42”H, and contains:
This does require 120VAC power, so
if you’re off-grid, you will need to be running this off your
This is one model of several
available; let us know what you’d prefer and we’ll see what may best
meet your needs.
Or how about a
battery ignition, preset for propane, 4 burner gas
Made in the USA, The
WLL03P is a 24" wide LP gas cooktop designed to fit
common 22 5/8" wide x 18 5/8" deep cutouts. It utilizes
battery start ignition with a standard 9V battery
(included), ideal for rural areas or other homes not
using electricity to power appliances. This item is
preset for propane/LP gas connections. For the same item
designed for use with natural gas, see the WNL03P. This
offers white, scratch-resistant porcelain, and is a
great deal at $409 plus shipping. More information about
natural gas or propane models at
FFBF246SS $1599 + shipping
Remember those tall, slender, Euro refrigerators
with the bottom mount freezers? Those kinds of
Energy Star models are still available, frost-free,
in white or with stainless finishes. Visit
for more information.
RE NEWS BITES
Lies about climate change summarized:
Microgrids on the rise!
How does your state stack up in the clean energy
Solar powered aquatic robots offer the promise of
This is amazingly cool and much needed.
Perhaps people shouldn’t be enamored (with a word
Can one prepare for a solar flare event?
OH NO…Climate change is apt to affect beer
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) information:
Syrupy manganese battery may provide cheaper
Power Plants Get More Expensive but Renewables Are
Still the Cheapest:
According to a new report from BloombergNEF, rising
costs for materials and shipping made power plants
more expensive in the second half of 2021, and while
renewables saw the largest gains, wind and solar
remain the cheapest sources of electricity in most
of the world.
World’s largest floating array in Vietnam:
Ten Weather Disasters Caused $170 Billion in Damage
The world’s 10 costliest weather disasters of 2021
caused more than $170 billion worth of damage,
according to a new report from Christian Aid, a
U.K.-based aid group. The 10 disasters highlighted
for 2021 were together $20 billion costlier than the
10 disasters the group highlighted in 2020. The most
expensive event identified in the report was
Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana in
August, and later made its way to the Northeast.
That this event cost $65 billion. July floods in
Europe were the second costliest disaster
identified, causing $43 billion in damage. This was
followed by February’s winter storm in Texas, which
cost $23 billion. The estimated costs are based only
on insured losses, meaning the actual costs of these
events may be higher.
Mercedes-Benz EV – 1000 kilometers on a single
Free course in agrivoltaics:
Vintage footage of how a solar cell is made:
the Green Acres guy!)
Pollution free fertilizer from solar power:
Recycling: the end of life of a PV system.
Free course: introduction to tiny homes.
We are children of the ice and snow:
Study Finds U.S. Corn-Based Ethanol Worse for the
Climate Than Gasoline:
Renewables account for 21% of U.S. electrical
generation in 2021:
Organic batteries on the horizon:
Sure hope this pans out!
Not everyone likes solar power – or facts.
How much do you know about renewables? Take the
- There is just one hope of repulsing the tyrannical ambition of
civilization to conquer every niche on the whole earth. That hope is
the organization of spirited people who will fight for the freedom
of the wilderness. –Bob Marshall
- 30 of the best Einstein quotes:
- God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize
that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for
goodness, and for compassion.
– Desmond Tutu
- You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it
today. – Abraham Lincoln
- There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has
always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant
thread winding its way through our political and cultural life,
nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance
is just as good as your knowledge
– Isaac Asimov
- One of the great attractions of patriotism ― it fulfills our worst
wishes. In the person of our nation, we are able, vicariously, to
bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that
we are profoundly virtuous. --Aldous Huxley
- A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
-- Jackie Robinson
- I keep thinking the earth is a living being and something is gonna
scrape us off its back. –Tom Waits
- If each individual does not live by the lies, the lies will
collapse. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- There was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if
I could not have one, I would have the other.
-- Harriet Tubman
- In the woods, we return to reason and faith. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s
troublesome. – Isaac Asimov
- I'm not concened with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is
that you respect me as a human being. -- Jackie Robinson
- Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
- If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government,
then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.
- Out of 6 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful.
- For, so long as there are interesting books to read, it seems to me
that neither I nor anyone else, for that matter, need be unhappy.
- What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector?
The taxidermist takes only your skin. –Mark Twain
- Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it, and you’ll
start believing in it. –Jesse Owens
- The important thing is not to stop questioning.
-- Albert Einstein
- The distance of a century reveals only flickering, spectral forms.
How do we tell the stories of people that history forgets and the
-- Jori Lewis
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