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

Alternate Energy Supply and Design

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      SUMMER 2000 Flier
Isn't it grand to have survived the Y2K non-event?  I confess, I stocked up on chicken feed and pet food….and the critters are still eating cheap!  We've been very busy at the Oasis, by helping customers increase their energy efficiency with the use of efficient appliances, by educating them to reduce their power requirements so that they can meet their needs with an alternate energy system, or to simply add to an existing system.  Let us know what you need;  we'd be happy to help with your project!  --Chris Daum at the Oasis

     THANK YOU for your interest in alternate energy and Oasis Montana Inc!  Whether you have a remote home, RV, ham radio, emergency back-up project, or are upgrading an existing  system, do not hesitate to call or e-mail us with your power needs; we'd be glad to specify a system sized for your unique power requirements.  We offer competitive pricing on a variety of components, and we also may know where to refer you for that obscure item you seek.
     If you haven't checked out our web page, you will always find the latest in component information and pricing at
www.oasismontana.com; we upgrade our site regularly, so keep returning!  For those of you who aren't "on line" or are beginning your project, we have an extremely informative 40 page Design Guide and 141 page Product Catalog for eight dollars--a boon to your energy library!  Products, system sizing, pricing, components, energy efficient and LP appliances, battery care, gas generators and wind turbines are just some of the topics covered.

Solar Pump System for Stock Watering
Stock water pumping and solar go hand in hand!  In summer, when you need the most water is when your pump operates at it fullest output.  These systems are batteryless--it's more cost-effective to pump water than store electricity--and you get more water with these types of systems than if you utilized batteries.  A typical system for a 100 ft. deep well would entail the following:

2 - 60 to 64 Watt Solar Modules
(20 to 25 year output warranty)
1 - Zomeworks Tracker for above modules, tracks the sun
from morning til evening, 10 year warranty.
1 - Shurflo Sub Pump, 9300 Series, averages 100 gallons per  hour in full sun, one year warranty.
1 - Solarjack PC10-30B Pump Controller, optimizes voltage  and pump output while protecting pump; one year
120 ft. of 10/2 Submersible Pump Wire
30 ft. of Sensor Wire for Float Switch
1 - Float Switch, shuts off pump in up position, placed in
stock tank.
1 - Silicon Oxide Varistor (surge protector), helps protect  against over-voltage conditions, lightning strikes.
1 - Heat Shrink Tubing Kit

The Shurflo 9300 Series DC Submersible Pump will, at the depth of 100 ft., provide about 100 gallons per hour of full sun.  Not included in this proposal are the 1/2" poly pipe, short wire runs, safety rope, miscellaneous fittings, ground rod, 2.5" pole and concrete base for mounting tracker. 

This basic system assumes that your stock tank and modules are within 20 to 30 ft. of the top of your well casing.  These Shurflo pumps will fit in a 4" or larger well casing; they generally last two to three years and are easily rebuildable.  They are a positive displacement three chamber diaphragm pump with a permanent magnet motor, and have a maximum lift of 230 feet; they can be submerged a maximum of 100 feet.  Strongly constructed but lightweight (6 lbs), these pumps accept a variety of jacketed cables, offer corrosion-proof housing with stainless steel fasteners and an internal bypass feature for pump protection.  They are suited for potable water well applications and have dry running capability without any pump damage.

Call for YOUR specific component requirements!

We've discovered a DATABASE OF STATE INCENTIVES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY!  Find out what financial incentives may be available for your renewable energy project by looking for what your state offers at:  http://www-solar.mck.ncsu.edu/dsire.htm  Also, check with your local utility for rebates on the use of energy efficient appliances or lighting products.   Utilities are learning that it's always cost-effective to conserve energy--and less expensive for the consumer (and less costly to the environment) than building new power plants!

OTHER WEB SITES OF INTEREST:  for lists of top-rated, energy efficient appliances,
see http://aceee.org/consumerguide

Do you have frontage on a decent-sized creek or river?  This site contains valuable information for you in your pursuit of a micro-hydro system:
http://www.eren.doe.gov/consumerinfo/refbriefs/ab2.html     Other consumer energy information is also offered at this site.

Are you seeking financing opportunities for your alternate energy power system?  Check out  www.netbank.com; you can apply on line easily, and determine if you qualify.

Lastly, do you have any alternate energy components that you'd like to unload?  Perhaps used DC appliances, or an inverter?  FREE LISTING at
http://www.oasismt.com/usedsolar.html -- non-commercial only please !

Two or three persons can install one of these pump systems; some ranchers even move the systems around seasonally, to suit their pasture rotation practices.  The tracker does require a substantial base, including a 2.5" schedule 40 steel pole that is at least 48" but not exceeding 75" tall,  and at least 36" in the ground.  The pole should be mounted in a concrete base that's at least three times the diameter of the pipe.  If in doubt, consult a structural engineer.  I do know of one fellow, though, who mounted the tracker on a sturdy trailer, and moved it around from pasture to pasture.  The possibilities are many!

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Now in autumn, we are enjoying cool and wet (even snowy) conditions, but it was one hot and smoky summer and fall for many parts of the western U.S., and Montana was no exception. We were smug with our good snowpack, back in spring. Then our summer started with a week of 100+ degree weather, and continued to stay hot. We were blanketed in smoke from the horrific fires (1.3 million acres burned) until the middle of September, and unfortunately, many homes and a few lives have been lost. We have been able to help some people with water pumping to protect their properties, but our drought conditions and warm temps made for a very dry western tinderbox. If only those folks in Texas could’ve share perhaps 1/20th of their deluge from their state…

Even so, the garden and fruit trees kept us busy, and despite the smoke we still enjoyed camping, fishing, and canoeing in our local river (even though the water was quite low). We hope our legislators will work on commonsense future measures to mitigate the effects of warming temperatures and prolonged drought. One thought we have had (since we were less than a mile from our local small airport, a helibase that launched many helicopters and other aircraft for fighting fires) is that actual planning for these events would be a good idea (seeing as they are now part of our new normal)—how about reservoirs near these airports to make hauling the big buckets faster and more affordable? Here in Stevensville, we have several large irrigation ditches in close proximity to our airfield…. Well, it’s just my 2 cents worth!



PICOCELL controller inverter for array-direct water pumping

 for your 240VAC pump.
In this issue we have some new products to share; one is an exciting new AC soft start pump controller/inverter that can run your 240VAC (or 120V, or 3 phase, or 230VAC 50 hz) 1/3 to 2 horsepower pump directly off of a solar array – click here for more information on the PICOCELL controller/inverter (cost: $1220 plus shipping). This exciting new technology is designed for off-grid use, or emergency back-up. We have installation manuals, spec sheets, and pump kit information on our water pumping site.  Call or e-mail for more information.



New, small Energy Efficient AC refrigerator

We also have a new, small AC refrigerator, 7.1 cu.ft. for your home or cabin, the CP972SS. It’s a great size for space-limited kitchens, only 22”W x 22”D x 57”H and will sell at the great price of $459 plus shipping. With its lean size, the CP972SS is the ideal refrigerator for studio apartments, yachts, offices, and other settings in need of reliable cooling in a slim-fitting footprint. Visit here for more information on this and other (larger) refrigerators.



Just a reminder, we offer a line of non-electric propane refrigerators, freezers, cooktops and ranges at www.LPappliances.com, and a line of efficient AC or DC refrigerators and freezers at www.eco-fridge.com.


The best nuclear generating station is 93 million miles away, and is available for pretty much everyone!
Thomas Edison quote on Solar Energy

Iron Edison Batteries
We also have a new line of batteries to offer, manufactured by Iron Edison;

Iron Edison BatteriesOver a century ago, Thomas Edison found a battery design that he considered to be nearly perfect. Today, Iron Edison is proud to offer an updated version of this incredible design that is specifically manufactured for renewable energy systems. Iron Edison carries a variety of nickel iron batteries: 12 volt, 24 volt, and 48 volt configurations, each configuration with amp-hour capacities of 100 Ah through 1000 Ah.

visit our information on this exciting new product line.


The International Trade Commission (ITC) is responding to a lawsuit brought about by SolarWorld and Suniva (U.S. module manufacturers) that low cost imported (i.e. Chinese) solar modules have hurt their competitiveness, so they are asking for a tariff on imported solar panels to ‘level the playing field’. Many pro-solar groups are opposing these tariffs, as they will increase the dollar-per-watt cost of installed solar power systems, and very negatively impact job growth in the solar sector – which had been bourgeoning in the past few years. In fact, it is estimated that 1 out of 50 new jobs is in the renewable energy sector. The ITC has approved tariffs, but it will be up the President Trump to set the rate; those of us in the industry are waiting to see what will happen, and many jobs are on hold pending the decision. It sounds like costs may go up 10% to as much as 40%. For more information visit:  https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/10/31/breaking-usitc-recommends-quotas-tariffs-on-crystalline-silicon-solar-imports/  and https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/11/13/the-clock-ticks-itc-turns-section-201-over-to-president-trump/

Renewable Energy (and related) news bites

             1912 Warning on coal cuasing climate change


  • When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.
    --Jens Stoltenberg
  • Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don't feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.
    --Marilyn Monroe
  • The cost of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
    –Ralph Nader
  • The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can't but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.
  • A kestrel can and does hover in the dead calm of summer days, when there is not the faintest breath of wind. He will, and does, hover in the still, soft atmosphere of early autumn, when the gossamer falls in showers, coming straight down as if it were raining silk.
    --Richard Jefferies
  • I love nuclear energy! It's just that I prefer fusion to fission. And it just so happens that there's an enormous fusion reactor safely banked a few million miles from us. It delivers more than we could ever use in just about 8 minutes. And it's wireless!
  • I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.
    -- Andrew Wyeth
  • There has been a systematic repression of solar energy. It seems pretty funny to me that the government, if it is completely neutral--why wouldn't they pursue this far safer alternative of solar energy with the same intent that they pursue nuclear energy? Solar power is the last energy resource that isn't owned yet--nobody taxes the sun yet.
    --Bonnie Raitt
  • The problem with winter sports is that--follow me closely here--they generally take place in winter.
    --Dave Barry
  • If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
    --Anne Bradstreet

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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