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

OASIS MONTANA INC., 436 Red Fox Lane, Stevensville, Montana, 59870
Web Page:  www.oasismontana.com    E-Mail:  info@oasismontana.com
Toll-Free: 877-OASISMT (877-627-4768)  or  877-OASISPV (877-627-4778); 
Fax: 406-777-2632    Local Phone Line:  406-777-4321 Hours 8:30 am to 4:00 MST
NOTE:  We are getting socked with price increases from all sides of this industry.  Call first to check and be certain  our pricing is current!

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     Spring 2001 Flier
I really apologize, folks.  I wanted to have this flier out in November of last year!  But this cold and busy winter (and damnably cold spring) has just flown by--we've installed a small wind generator here at the Oasis, upgraded to a new inverter, and issues like deregulation and rolling power outages have been keeping us swamped.  So please pardon our delay in getting this to you.  We have some new appliances and sales to offer and some ideas as to how you can help the renewable energy cause.  THINK GREEN! 
--Chris Daum at Oasis Montana Inc.

     THANK YOU for your interest in renewable 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 and our new gas appliance site,       www.lpappliances.com  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 ten dollars ($18 out of country)--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.

at Oasis Montana! It's way cool! Here's the component list:
8 - 60W Solar Modules
2 - Mount Structures
1 - Air 403 Wind Generator
     Tower and Schedule 40 Pipe for Pole
1 - Each Toggle Switch, Amp Meter, Class R Fuse & Block
1 - Outdoor Combiner Enclosure w/ Surge Protector
1 - Each Array Disconnect, Surge Protector and Breaker
    Module Interconnects
1 - Trace C40 Regulator with Digital Volt Meter
1 - Trace Battery Temp Sensor
1 - Set of Class R Fuses with Holder
1 - Trace PS2524 Sinewave Inverter
1 - Trace Sinewave Remote Control
1 - 60A 2 Pole Indoor Fusible Disconnect
1 Each Inverter Disconnect and Class T Fuse & Block
16 - Surrette 6V 438AH Batteries
Battery Interconnects
Cabling, Ground Rods, Wire Runs
1 - Battery Box
1 - 6 Breaker, 100A AC Distribution Center
3 - GFCI Breakers (ground fault protection breakers)
Conduit for Wire Runs, LB Boxes
Miscellaneous Electrical Widgets
Electrical Inspection Permit

    I had been acquiring components for this system starting nearly a decade ago; originally, it was installed with a Trace DR1524 modified sinewave inverter, but I decided to upgrade that to a sinewave PS2524 and make this an official "net metering system", where, on those infrequent occasions when I'm making more power than I'm using, I can make my "meter spin backwards".  NOTE:  utility cooperation is a must for these systems.  They'll require inspection and will upgrade your electric meter to one that will allow you to put the electricity you make against your household usage, or even sell power back to them (if you make more power than you use).
      The modules were installed earlier in 2000, and the wind generator was added in autumn, along with the new inverter upgrade.  Because of last summer's fires, it was difficult to get a backhoe up here (for excavation of the wind tower's base) until September.  Then, I had a problem getting the wire size I wanted for the wind genny's cabling run--(#4 gauge copper) and it was finally available by late October.  Brrr!  The ground was frozen from our early blast of winter, and it was very cold weather to be digging trenches.  But all was installed, working and passed inspection  with flying colors by mid-November. 

See more on this system, page 2.

A view of the Oasis in winter:  there's still a guyed safety rope from the maple tree to the top of the wind genny--we'll keep that in place until this summer, so the base of the tower can settle in.

Renewable Energy Web Sites:
http://www-solar.mck.ncsu.edu/dsire.htm   for a database of state incentives, listed state by state,  for your renewable energy project;  offers contact persons and organizations for tax breaks, rebates, possible grants, etc.

http://aceee.org/consumerguide  for lists of top-rated, energy efficient appliances

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:
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.

For sourcebooks about green energy, electric vehicles, efficient appliances, and healthy home building see  http://aceee.org

And here's very informative sites about wind generators:  for smaller units, see  http://www.air403windgenerators.com/air_403.html; and for larger units see  http://www.bergey.com  (we sell all of these units).

Batteries are the heart of all back-up or remote power systems; for an excellent reference of care and maintenance, see 

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!

Pages to this newsletter:

P1.Net metering P2.Efficient freezer sale P3.Basic product info Quick index
P4.Generators P5.Trace inverters P6.Propane Freezers Home page
wind generators Gas kitchen stoves Propane refrigerators Email us
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