Oasis Montana Inc.
Renewable Energy Supply and Design
406-777-4321or 4309
(877-627-4768 toll-free order line)
Tech. Support: 1 (406) 777-4321 or 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

Winter - Spring Flier 2004 
from Oasis Montana Inc.

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Model P36S238BP 
Stainless Steel
6 Burner Gas Range


NATURAL GAS AND PROPANE APPLIANCES: We got into these as a sideline to renewable energy, as most homes away from utility power use propane or natural gas for heating loads (like cooking, hot water, space heating, clothes drying and sometimes even refrigeration). Yes, it’s still fossil fuels we’re utilizing—but natural and LP gas are among the cleanest-burning of all fossil fuels, and are highly efficient for many appliances (and may be much more cost-effective than thousands of dollars of solar modules). 

So whether you want a sleek European stainless drop-in cook top, a small propane refrigerator, or an attractive 6 burner stainless range, you may find what you need on our web page at www.LPappliances.com - - even if you don’t want a solar electric power system!

And if you are seriously considering an investment in renewable energy (or are trying to simply help keep a lid on your utility bill), the first step is to become as efficient in your use of electricity as possible. If you have a lot of older appliances, an investment of several thousand dollars will save money with a quicker payback sooner than a similar investment in a power system. The first step is efficiency; look for the energy star label when you visit the appliance store. You can view our goods at www.eco-fridge.com  An investment in energy efficiency is always cost-effective! For basic information about efficient appliances and more, visit www.aceee.org



TriStar charge controllers

The TriStar is the newest addition to the Morningstar line of pulse width modulated (PWM) charge controllers. It’s a serious UL listed controller for 12, 24 or 48V systems and is available in 45 or 60 amp capacities. Unlike Morningstar’s other chargers, the TriStar cannot operate as a charge and load controller at the same time. It can be used as a diversion controller for a wind or hydro system where it will dump excess power to a heating element to prevent battery overcharge. The TriStar is conduit-ready with large #2 AWG wire terminals and it mounts readily on existing power panels. It can also be connected directly to a personal computer via an RS-232 port for data logging or remote system monitoring. Options include a battery temp sensor and digital meter that displays battery voltage, charging amperage, battery temperature, cumulative amp-hours and system status (in your choice of 5 languages—English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish). Dimensions are 10.3”H x 5”W x 2.8”D and weight is 3.5 lbs. Also, the Tristar’s printed circuit board is conformably coated for protection against humidity and insects. It has a built-in high efficiency heat sink for cool operation and maximum reliability. Microprocessor controlled self-diagnostics are available to alert of system problems. The optional TriStar Meter is very sophisticated and informative; it’s a 2” x 16” display, and mounts to the controller, connected by a RJ-11 phone jack. One meter option includes 30 meters of cabling for remote monitoring. All Morningstar products offer a five year manufacturing warranty. For additional information on this and other charge controllers and regulators, visit our web page at: www.chargecontrollers.oasismontana.com  
If it’s time to upgrade, consider the Tri Star!


THE TOP 20 STATES for wind energy potential, as measured by annual energy potential in the billions of kWhs (kilowatt-hours), factoring in environmental and land use exclusions for wind class of 3 and higher.
1.  North Dakota  1,210          8.  Oklahoma 725          15. New York 62
2. Texas 1,190 9.  Minnesota 657 16. Illinois 61
3. Kansas 1,070 10. Iowa 551 17. California 59
4. South Dakota 1,030 11. Colorado 481 18. Wisconsin  58
5. Montana 1,020 12. New Mexico  435 19. Maine 56
6. Nebraska 868 13. Idaho 73 20. Missouri 52
7. Wyoming 747
Source: An Assessment of Available Windy Land Area and Wind Energy Potential in the Contiguous United States, Pacific Northwest Laboratory, 1991


The United States has tremendous wind energy resources. Although California gave birth to the modern U.S. wind industry, 16 states have greater potential.

Installed wind energy generating capacity is now at around 6700 megawatts, up from 2550 in 2000. By contrast, the total amount of electricity that could be potentially generated from wind in the U.S. has been estimated at 10,777 billion kWh annually—about three times the electricity generated in the U.S. today.

The American wind energy industry is poised for rapid growth, with many new projects coming online. These new wind farms demonstrate how wind energy can help meet the growing need for clean, affordable, reliable power in the west and other parts of the U.S. For more data about wind power, see www.awea.org


The wind blows to the south, and goes around to the north; round and round goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. —Ecclesiastes 1:6

Current sources of electricity in the U.S.: 
coal, 52%; nuclear, 20%; natural gas, 16%;  hydropower, 7%; and oil, 3%.

We have a great many informative links on our web page at www.oasismontana.com/links.html —regarding solar hot water, energy efficiency, financing, lighting, healthy homebuilding and other data. Many folks are interested in seminars or classes regarding installation or figuring your home power design. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association in central Wisconsin is offering workshops starting in January, 2004, regarding Living Off-Grid, Wind Design Considerations, Women’s PV Design, Construction and Installation, among other topics. For more information see http://www.the-mrea.org/course_workshops.php or call 715-592-6595. Northwest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development) is promoting several conferences and events, for their calendar see www.nwseed.org/events.asp Solar Energy International (SEI) has several workshops upcoming starting in April, www.solarenergy.org for more information or call 970-963-8866. Topics covered will include wind generator construction, power system siting, design and installation. For those seeking national and international information about renewable energy projects and technology, job offerings in the industry and the latest trends and products, subscribe to www.renewableenergyaccess.com 

On another topic: are you confused about the ‘energy bill’? There’s been a lot of words slung from several viewpoints; a refreshing analysis of the issue can be viewed at http://www.aceee.org/energy/nrglegistatus.htm

If you are interested in electric, alternative, high gpm vehicles, and biodiesel/alternative fuel developments, you can subscribe to this informative weekly e-zine at www.evworld.com 

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