Oasis Montana Inc.
Renewable Energy Supply and Design
406-777-4321or 4309
e-mail: info@oasismontana.com
Home Page: www.oasismontana.com

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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 Components
Oasis Fall 2005 Newsletter

Archived newsletter - Call for current pricing!

The PV industry is still hurting for modules….
Europe’s financial incentives are continuing to draw the bulk of manufacturer’s output—and the worldwide shortage of silicon (expected to continue until 2007) is also negatively affecting supplies. But at least there’s a trickle in the pipeline. If you are considering a solar project, lead times are two to six months...or longer (see article, below, ‘Big Demand for Solar Energy’). And for information about the solar tax credit, see www.seia.org


Solar Panel Pricing (call for quantity pricing) 

Isofoton I-150S, 150W, 4.35A, 34.6V (41.22” x 48.18” x 1.55”)  
Sanyo HIT-190BA2, 190W, 3.47A, 54.8V (51.97” x 35.22”)   
Sharp ND-208U1, 208W, 7.19A, 28.9V (64.6” x 39.1”)   
ND-167U3AW, 167W, 4.79A, 34.6V (62.05” x 32.44”)   
ND-L3E1U, 123W, 7.16A, 17.2V (59.06” x 26.08”)   
ND-80EJE 80W, 4.67A, 17.1V (47.28” x 20.88”)   
Shell Solar (140, 165 and 175s are tentatively in the pipeline)   
BP Solar—availability is very tenuous  
Kyocera KC190GT 190W, 7.28A, 26.1V (56.2” x 39”)   
KC170GT 170W, 7.27A, 23.4V (50.8” x 39”)   
KC125GT 125W, 7.2A, 17.4V (56.1” x 25.7”)   
KC85T 85W, 4.75A, 17.9V (39.6” x 25.7”)   
KC65T 65W, 3.64A, 17.9V (29.6” x 25.7”)   
KC55T 55W, 3.08A, 17.9V (25.2” x 25.7”)   
KC40T 40W, 2.24A, 17.9V (20.7” x 25.7”)   

Other modules occasionally available (GE, Kaneka, various OEM models). Call for info.

Regarding MOUNT STRUCTURES for solar modules--
We offer a variety of styles to suit your project, including A-frame roof or ground mounts, top and side of pole mounts, flush mounts, tilt mounts, RV racks, as well as Zomeworks or Wattsun Trackers.  Email or call for your cost and freight 406-777-4309 or 4321.


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Controllers and Regulators

Controllers and regulators are essential for complete battery charging while preventing overcharging. Sizing a controller is based on the input amperage and voltage of the solar array. We offer other controllers too; call for the most suitable charger for your project, availability and current pricing.


MorningStar Charge Controllers:
(5 year warranty)
Sunsaver 6 (handles up to 6.5A)    
Sunsaver 6 with low voltage disconnect option (handles up to 6.5A)  
Sunsaver 10 (handles up to 10A)   
Sunsaver 10 with LVD option, (handles up to 10A) 
also available in 24V
Sunsaver 20LVD, 24V   
Prostar PS15   
Prostar  PS15M (with meter)   
Prostar  PS 30   
Prostar PS 30M   
Tristar Charge Controller, 60A, 12 to 48V, multiple settings & screens  
Tristar Digital Meter for their 45A or 60A charge controller   

Xantrex (formerly Trace Engineering) Charge Controllers:
Two year warranty)

Xantrex C-40 (handles up to 40A) for 12, 24 or 48V systems   
Xantrex CM (digital volt meter for C-40 and C-60)   
Xantrex C-60 (handles up to 60A @ 12 or 24V)   
Outback Power MX60 Controller (MPPT, 60A with varying voltage input)  

We can provide most brands of solar charge controllers, from Blue Sky Energy (formerly RV Power Products) to Specialty Concepts. Call us for availability and your pricing.


Big demand for solar energy runs up against finite panel supply 

Global demand for photovoltaic modules is causing months-long delays and price hikes for would-be buyers in the U.S. American suppliers blame a weak dollar, shortages of raw materials, and swelling demand both at home and abroad. The worldwide solar-power market has grown about 40 percent annually in the last five years -- driven largely by Germany, where an incentive program allows businesses and individuals to sell excess solar-generated electricity back to utilities at a premium rate. Germany consumes 39 percent of the available solar module supply, followed by Japan at 30 percent. The U.S. is a distant third with 9 percent of the market, but new incentives like California's pending Million Solar Roofs plan and a federal tax credit of up to $2,000 (starts 1/1/06) in the newly-signed energy bill are expected to spike domestic demand. Says solar sales director Matt Lugar of Sharp Electronics, the supply problems are "a natural evolution in any industry that's exploding." For the entire article, see www.nytimes.com/2005/08/05/national/05solar.html and for information about the solar tax credit, and what it can mean for you, see www.seia.org

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Wind Generators

Bergey See their web page at www.bergey.com; call us for your discounts above and beyond their pricing.


Air X  New Air X Land Wind Generator, 12 & 24V 
New Air X Marine Wind Generator, 12 & 24V  

Air X models are New & Improved—and Quieter—than the old style Air 403s.
See http://www.air403windgenerators.com/air_403.html
for additional information, basic wiring, FAQs, etc. 


Outback Power Components Pricing

Inverters Sealed inverters: FX2012T, 2524T, 3048T   
Vented inverters: VFX2812, 3524, 3648  

Grid-tie, mobile, marine and export versions available on most of these inverters.


System Controller MATE system display & controller   
Communications Manager HUB-4 
Misc. Components PSPV Combiner Box   
PSX240 Transformer   
Charge Controller  MX60 MPPT  

There are way more Outback Power products than we have room to list….call or e-mail for more information. info@oasismontana.com or visit their web page at www.outbackpower.com 

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LP - Propane Gas Refrigerators and Freezers

8 cu.ft. Servel LP Refrigerator/Freezer   
12 cu.ft. Crystal Cold Refrigerator/Freezer   
12 cu.ft. Crystal Cold Refrigerator/Freezer   
15 cu.ft. Crystal Cold Refrigerator/Freezer   
18 cu.ft. Crystal Cold Refrigerator/Freezer   
18 cu.ft. Crystal Cold Refrigerator/Freezer black w/Stainless Doors  
8.5 cu.ft. Frostek 240 LP Chest Freezer   
6 cu.ft. Frostek 160 Freezer (for HOT climates)   
15 cu. Ft. Crystal Cold Freezer (upright)   

We also offer the Peerless-Premier line of gas ranges (works on natural or LP gas), available in 20, 24, 30 and 36” wide models; several options and colors (white, black, almond and the very popular stainless steel) available. For more information on all our gas products see www.LPappliances.com ...click on the proper link, or call or e-mail us and we’ll mail you color spec sheets—be sure to provide your mailing address. Also available: NEW DROP-IN COOKTOPS for your countertops, and 24” GAS WALL OVEN — see www.LPappliances.com for the latest product information.

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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 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