Oasis Montana Inc.
Renewable Energy Supply and Design
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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

Oasis Montana Renewable Energy Newsletter July 2002 page 1

Summer 2002 Flier
Well, folks, we know this should have been a ‘spring’ flier, but as usual we’ve just been so darn busy! 

And we have a new employee to introduce — Dan Healy.  
He really IS a rocket scientist…. 

We also have more new products, including utility-tie inverters, charge controllers, and some gorgeous stainless steel gas ranges. You can always view our latest information on the web, so don’t hesitate to log on and learn even more.

THANK YOU for your interest in renewable energy and Oasis Montana Inc! We are here to help power your remote home, provide back-up power for emergencies, provide utility-tie components. We also offer a line of efficient and gas appliances to help keep a lid on your electric bill.

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)—essential for 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. For sample systems see http://www.oasismontana.com/systems.html

We have several new web sites for you to peruse at your convenience. For efficient appliances (including portable coolers, freezers and DC ‘fridges), see www.eco-fridge.com; for solar modules, www.PVsolarmodules.com; for our gas appliance offerings, check out

www.LPappliances.com—which includes gas refrigerators, ranges and freezers. Our main index page is www.oasismontana.com/PV_index.html — which offers information on inverters, batteries, wind generators, and pretty much all of the goods we offer. There’s a great deal of information on our web site—please feel free to utilize it.

As to the current politics, if you want to fight terrorism and increase national security, USE LESS GAS and reduce our dependency upon foreign oil. Encourage your congresspersons and senators to promote legislation that will offer efficient vehicles and promote renewable technologies. We don’t need to be shoved into tiny cars, or live in the dark, but we do need to use our resources wisely for the good of our children and planet.

Chris Daum
Oasis Montana


The world’s most popular small wind generator just got better! Formerly known as the Air 403, the new generation of this wind genny is now the Air X, a continuing evolution in wind turbine design. The Air X is the first small wind turbine with a micro-processor. It continuously adjusts the alternator to maximize performance and battery charging and minimize noise.

The new Air X incorporates ‘peak power tracking’, meaning it will produce electricity at half the RPM of the older model—making more electricity for your batteries.

As the battery approaches charge state, the Air X’s controller will momentarily stop charging to determine the battery voltage. Charging stops automatically when the batteries have reached their charging set point.

QUIET OPERATION: No more flutter or shudder in high winds; the Air X can control the RPM to prevent noise in high winds—operating quietly at all wind speeds. This will likely be a good addition to your battery charging scheme. For more information see http://www.air403windgenerators.com/air_403.html


Here’s Dan Healy’s history and information, straight from him:


I was born and raised in Florida, but don't hold that against me….
In 1990 I got my B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where I met my bride-to-be Patti. My first job after graduating was as a systems engineer for Lockheed at the Kennedy Space Center where I worked on the orbital maneuvering system of the space shuttle fleet. I got to see a lot of shuttle launches up close which was very cool. After nearly 3 years with Lockheed, Patti and I got the itch to move west so we moved to Denver, CO, where Patti had a job opportunity. After only two years in Denver, we knew it wasn't the place for us (too crowded) so we moved to Hamilton, MT, where I worked at Sunelco (with Chris Daum) as a sales and systems engineer for over 7 years. During that time Patti and I settled down and bought our first home and we now have three sons, Eric 6 and Alex 3, with our third son, Brian, being newborn on 6/17. We love living in western Montana's Bitterroot Valley and look forward to raising our family and growing old here.

Many people ask me why I went from working on the space shuttle fleet in Florida to designing and selling PV systems for a small company in Montana. Well, the renewable energy bug bit me pretty hard shortly after I started working for Lockheed and there was no going back. After work I would hang out at the Florida Solar Energy Center library and read all that I could on the subject of renewable energy. I attended several workshops, fairs and conferences on renewable energy in the hopes of getting a job in the industry. Working at Sunelco for over 7 years has taught me a lot about how to properly design and install a code compliant solar or wind system. There are always new and exciting products and developments occurring in this industry and I enjoy trying to stay on top of them. This ever changing industry keeps you on your toes and challenges you to keep learning which is what life is all about. To that end, I am studying to get my professional engineering (PE) license which will hopefully sharpen my engineering skills and allow me to better serve others. Now that Chris Daum and I have teamed up again at Oasis Montana, I hope that my engineering experience and passion for renewable energy will prove helpful to her and all of you. If you’d like to discuss your project, please give me a call at 877-627-4768 or 4778,

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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