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 Fall 2006 Newsletter
page 1 - PV System Incentives


Chris and I have been working in the solar business for quite a while now and we’ll be the first to tell you that installing a photovoltaic (PV) power system isn’t cheap. While many people would like to purchase and install a PV system, the large up-front cost prevents them from doing so. Well, we want to let you know that there are many federal, state & utility incentives (rebates, tax credits, grants, etc.) available for purchasing & installing residential or commercial PV systems. On the federal level there is currently an income tax credit for 2006 & 2007 of up to 30% of the installed cost of a PV system with a maximum credit of $2,000 per year. This can reduce your out of pocket expense by $4,000 on a system that initially costs $13,334 or more. In the chart below we have listed the states that offer rebates for installing residential PV systems along with a brief description of the rebate amount. Most of the rebates offered are on a dollar-per-watt ($/W) basis or a percentage of the installed system cost with a ceiling on the maximum rebate amount. Even though our home state of Montana doesn’t offer a rebate for PV systems, we put it in the chart to show our Montana customers how sad our state’s incentives are compared to others that really encourage renewable energy (Governor Schweitzer, are you listening?). There are many more incentives for wind power, energy efficiency & commercial applications than we have room to list here. You can see details on all of the current federal & state incentives available by visiting the web site for the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (www.dsireusa.org) and clicking on your state or the federal link. A renewable energy system can reduce your monthly electric bill and/or provide power during a utility outage or at a remote site, but only if you install one. We hope this incentive information gets you motivated to take that first step towards energy independence or to speak with your state & local representatives about improving the incentives offered for installing renewable energy systems in your state. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you look at energy consumption and pollution levels on a national or global scale, but the installation of every solar or wind power system reduces those levels just a little bit, and they can be added to incrementally. (for more information e-mail: dan@oasismontana.com).


  State State State State Utility Utility Utility
  Rebate Grant* Income tax credit Sales tax exemption Rebate Grant PC**
CA $2.60/W up to 30 kW $2.50/W for 30 kW+ N N N Y N N
DE 50% up to $22,500 Y, C N N N N N
FL $4/W up to $20,000 Y, C N Y Y N N
IL 30% up to $10,000 N N N N N N
ME $3/W up to $7,000*** Y, NP N N N N N
MA $2/W up to $7,000 Y Y Y N N N
MN $2/W up to $20,000 N N Y Y Y Y
MT   N Y N N Y? N
NV $3/W up to $15,000 N N N N N Y
NJ $3.80/W up to 10 kW Y, C N Y N N Y
NY $4-$4.50/W to 50 kW Y, C Y Y Y N N
OR $2-$2.25/W up to $10k Y Y N Y N N
VT $1.75/W up to $8,750 N N Y N N N
WI 25% up to $35,000 Y N N Y Y Y
WY 50% up to $3,000 N N Y N N N
*C=Commercial & NP=Non-Profit **PC=Production Credit ***All of Maine’s available rebate funds have been allocated through 12/31/08. ?Northwestern Energy’s USB grant program is up in the air.
October 2006 newsletter index
page 1 page 2 page 3 page 4
Oasis Montana site map
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