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 Renewable Energy Newsletter July 2002 page 4



ENGEL 12V AC/DC freezers
—a legend in reliability!

The Engel compressor was invented in Germany 39 years ago and has since been perfected in Japan by the Sawafuji Electric Company. The famous Engel compressors are now even quieter and more efficient than their predecessors. All units come with a one year manufacturer’s warranty. To date over three million units have been sold world-wide. Six models are available that offer 15 quart to 65 quart capacity. See www.eco-fridge.com/engel.html for information about other makes and models. These tough units are well suited for campers, RVers, hunters, and marine use.

Here’s the specifications on the Engel 45, pictured to the left. Volume: 45 quarts (holds 60 twelve ounce cans); power consumption at 12V, 0.7 – 2.5A (refrigerator mode, minimum; freezer mode, maximum); inside dimensions 15.4" x 10.8" x 16"; outside dimensions, 25.5" x 14.3" x 20"; weight, 53 lbs.; freezing ability from 40° to 0°F; shipping dimensions 29" x 17" x 23" (all dimensions are L x W x H). Shipping weight: 60 lbs. 



Chris Daum, owner and manager of Oasis Montana, has been in the renewable energy field for 13 years, and Dan Healy, systems engineer, has been in RE system design and installation for 7 years. Our staff offers experience, personalized service, quality components and excellent pricing . TO PLACE AN ORDER: E-mail or call us for your freight ; if you have any questions about your system or product, please contact us. E-mail is easiest and fastest (but we know that you aren’t all "on line"!). We accept Visa/Mastercard (personal checks are fine). Our hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Mountain Standard Time, Mon. – Fri. If we‘re on another line when you call, please leave us a clear message, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We don’t have a voice mail system (we hate them!), but you may have to leave a message if we’re with a customer or on the other lines. 406-777-4321 or 4309 or e-mail at info@oasismontana.com

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Peerless Premier stainless steel gas stoves

Our customers are thrilled with the Peerless Premier 36" stainless gas range! "Great looks...a pleasure to use….brightens up the kitchen" are just a few of the comments about these ranges. Also available in 24" and 30"; for more information see http://www.LPappliances.com



WIND POWER IN MONTANA (Framingham, MA, 5/1/02, reprinted from Solar Access.com) Executive VP of Ameresco Inc., Doug Barba, has announced that over nine months of research at their wind energy site in Cut Bank, Montana, has confirmed the commercial viability of a major wind installation there. "It’s better than we thought in terms of velocity and consistency. We also found that our site will generate power at the time that Montanans need it the most. We have the best wind during daylight hours in the coldest months," Barba said. "This will justify an investment of over $150,000,000 in a Montana wind project by our company."

Ameresco, the 99% owner of Montana Wind Harness, is evaluating the wind potential of other sites in Montana. The evaluation process involves erecting 150 ft. towers with anemometers at each site; these instruments give cumulative data about the wind speed, direction and duration.

Montana Wind Harness has a contract with Northwestern Energy (formerly Montana Power Company) to develop 150 MW of wind power in three major sites in Montana. Said Barba, "European countries committed to wind power in a major way about 20 years ago. Over the years, they have pushed the technology from small machines to the graceful giants that we are installing here in Montana. Wind has now become the fastest growing energy segment in Europe."

"This will justify an investment of over $150,000,000 in a Montana wind project by our company."

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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