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

Renewable Energy News and Ideas from Oasis Montana Inc.
436 Red Fox Lane, Stevensville, MT, 59870, USA, 406-777-4321 or 4309 (406-777-2632  fax) www.oasismontana.com (web)

USED & SURPLUS RENEWABLE ENERGY GOODS are available on our web page.  The current deals include a solar module mount, , some 2V industrial battery cells, a submersible 12V hydro unit; new and reconditioned fuel generators….and more!  Do you have any renewable energy equipment you'd like to sell? Or looking for a sweet deal?  Check it out or place your free ad at http://www.oasismt.com/usedsolar.html


Several aluminum smelter plants in the northwest have shut down and are making a huge profit by doing so.  These plants had long term contracts with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) for hydro power.  They are reselling this power into California instead of using it.  They are still paying their employees (even though they are laid off), making an increased profit by not running the plants--AND they are contributing a portion of the profits to a fund, overseen by the employees, for investing in renewable energy projects.  At this point they are looking at investing those funds into new local wind farms.


QUOTABLE QUOTE from Mr. Sharkey, who specializes in house buses and trucks (www.mrsharkey.com):  Don t cry for California, but do cry for endangered fish species.  Things are only going to get worse.  We here in the Pacific Northwest have had less than 30% of our normal seasonal rainfall.  The snow pack, the actual storage system for hydro, is zilch.  This means that there will be more pressure to drain down the reservoirs to run hydro plants to supply California and the local regions with this power.  This will devastate fish habitat, spawning beds and other wildlife dependant on those ecosystems.  Add to this the new (presidential) administration s policies on environment, and you can bet your a-- that there won t be anymore talk of breaching dams to save the salmon.  While waiting in a doctor s office this week, I read a Time magazine report on the power crisis, and yep, not one single word about renewable energy, decentralized power or conservation.  That was something we did only during the oil embargo of 1973 - 74.

This doesn't even begin to address the effects of increased oil, coal and natural gas emissions from power plants being run overtime to meet the demand.

I m rubbing my hands together thinking of the lesson that will be taught--and soon forgotten, I assume--but am saddened to think of the planetary destruction that will follow.

Air Powered Car Debuts in Johannesburg (November, 2000)
A car that could revolutionize the motor industry and which led to death threats against the designer was unveiled at the Auto Africa show in Johannesburg.  The e.Volution vehicle is powered by compressed air from high-pressure cylinders similar to those used by deep-sea divers. Made of feather-light material and weighing only 700 kg (1540 lbs), it is essentially a city run around but can reach a speed of about 130km/h (78mph!) on the open road (one mile equals 1.6 km). The e.Volution will be able to travel 200 km on one tank of compressed air at a cost of about 1c/km and can run for 10 hours in city traffic. The inventor is Guy Negre, a French motor vehicle engineer and former Formula One engine designer. He has apparently received death threats because of the invention, which could cripple the world's oil industry. (Well, Mr. Negre, we hope you survive, because the world certainly needs your technology!)

Oil-fired and coal utility plants released nine million pounds of toxic compounds and metals into the air--many of which are carcinogenic and neurotoxin.  Pollution from electrical power plants are a greater hazard than they claim, says a U.S. environmental group.  For the first time, utilities have reported toxic emissions to the EPA, and in 1998 discharged more than a billion pounds of toxic chemicals into the air--making utilities the #1 toxic air polluters in the US;  "the numbers are amazing", says one group.  Power plants downplay their emissions as having minimal or no impact. (something to think about…eh?)

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P4.Generators P5.Trace inverters P6.Propane Freezers Home page
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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