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 Spring 2007 Newsletter
Page 3 - New Renewable Energy Products

A corny idea….You’ve probably been hearing about the lack of genetic diversity in our common foodstuffs (i.e. like corn — being a major ingredient in many of our foods, animal feeds and other products). I have had the good fortune to be given and grow some seed from the southwestern U.S. (Arizona to be more precise) that is from a strain over 1200 years old. I know a fellow who knows a fellow who knows an archeologist….who found these small cobs of corn in a pueblo that hadn’t been disturbed in at least twelve centuries. Anyway, I want to spread this seed around as cheaply as I can, so if you will send me $1.00, or a self-addressed, stamped envelope (with 63˘ of postage on it), I will be happy to send you about 1-2 ounces of this gorgeous corn. These postage costs are only for the U.S.

You’ll get between 100 and 160 seeds; this is a flint corn, suitable for grinding into a colorful flour (and it’s also a pretty good sweet corn in the milk stage). It does very well in our intermountain climate—where often we average a 12-14 week growing season. It’s about 5 ft. tall and usually bears at least two ears. The colors are gorgeous as you can see! I have been growing this corn for 20 years; it’s one of my favorite crops, very beautiful and versatile.

RE Product News & stuff…

Outback Power Systems has introduced a new line of gray Flexware integration products (AC & DC disconnects, mounting plate, charge controller brackets, etc.) that will make it even easier and less expensive to install a dual or quad set of their FX/VFX inverters. You can find more information, and their catalog, at http://www.outbackpower.com/catalog.htm

Xantrex has released their largest 5 kW GT 5.0 battery-less grid-tie solar inverter and at the same time announced that all GT grid-tie solar inverters purchased after 2/1/07 now come standard with a 10 year warranty.

Xantrex is planning to release a new line of battery based XW sine wave inverters later this year that will be able to produce 120/240 VAC power from a single inverter. Details to follow.

Fronius just announced that all of their IG grid-tie solar inverters and DatCom products sold after 1/1/07 come standard with their 10 year premium warranty.

Oasis Montana will soon be offering HuP Solar One batteries—with features including long life, 10 year warranty, excellent customer support and free freight!

Call us if you have questions on any of these products, pricing or availability (406-777-4309) 406-777-4321 or send an e-mail to info@oasismontana.com).

New from Morningstar:

SureSine 300W Inverter! This product is a pure sine wave inverter, a good choice for small PV systems for telecom, remote cabins, RV/caravans, and boats. It is highly reliable, having no internal cooling fan or other moving parts prone to failure. Key features include a continuous power rating of 300W with surge (peak power rating) to 600W for ten minutes; it is designed for 12V systems with a peak efficiency of 92%. It consumes 450mA while powering loads, and during no load conditions, little energy is wasted as the SureSine powers down to stand-by mode, reducing self-consumption to 1/10th of operating consumption (~8 watts). It provides quality AC equivalent to grid power, making it suitable for sensitive electronics like laptops or audio equipment, and it generates good wave form throughout the range of input voltages (10.5V to 15.5V). It also offers extensive automatic electronic protections against faults and user mistakes such as short circuit, overload, high temperature and low voltage disconnect. The manufacturer, Morningstar Corporation, has a 2 year warranty on this new inverter. It’s a great deal for a small PV system! Also available for 220V, 50 Hz.

Mechanical Specifications:
  • 8.4”L x 6”W x 4.1”D
  • Weight: 10 lbs.
  • AC Terminals: 12 ga. AWG
  • DC Terminals: 14 to 2 ga. AWG
  • Enclosure: IP20 Cast anodized aluminum


Electronic Protections:
  • Reverse Polarity (fused)
  • High Voltage Disconnect
  • AC Short Circuit
  • Low Battery Disconnect
  • AC Overload
  • High Temperature Disconnect

Visit www.morningstarcorp.com for more info, then call us for your pricing!

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