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

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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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