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 renewable energy newsletter for spring 2008

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6

Page 1

GREETINGS FROM OUR SOLAR POWERED OFFICE: While our winter was not as cold as usual (there were no weeks of -20 to -40 below at nights!), we have had decent snow pack in the mountains, and hope our summer will not be too fiery and smoky from forest fires. Solar water pumping has really taken off for us, and we are happy to have provided water for families, drip irrigation, fisheries and livestock. Renewable energy systems are our focus, for remote homes, utility-tied residences, water pumping, RV, back-up or marine use. We offer complete systems to fit your project’s needs. If you want to do something to make your home or business ‘greener’ give us a call. We also offer a line of efficient electric and gas appliances to help keep a lid on your electric bill.
For those of you who aren’t “on line”, or are beginning your project, we have an extremely informative Product Catalog on disc for $10 ($18 out of country)—essential for your energy library! Products, system sizing, pricing, components, importance of energy efficient appliances, battery care, and wind turbines are just some of the topics covered. If you are on-line, you can see example systems (costs, components and power output) at www.oasismontana.com/systems.html -- and e-mail us to get on our e-list.
To assist your information input, we’ve tried to develop as much on-line information as we can. For solar water pumping, see www.PVsolarpumps.com; for utility-tied photovoltaic systems, visit www.grid-tie.com; for efficient AC appliances, DC ’fridges, coolers and freezers see www.eco-fridge.com; for natural and LP gas appliances, see www.LPappliances.com. Our main index page is www.oasismontana.com and we now offer composting toilets at www.eco-potty.com. Visit our web pages and stay a while!



energystar dishwasherYou can keep dishes out of the sink and money in your pocket with this new Energy Star qualified European-made dishwasher. Using only 322 kWh/year with an energy factor of 0.67, it operates a remarkably 43% better than the federal standard. It offers five unique washing programs for your specific cleaning needs, including “quick wash” when time is limited. This model is also ultra-quiet; no more having to leave the kitchen when the dishwasher is turned on. Its many features include folding tines in the upper rack to allow for more space when needed for glasses or cups. These ship direct from the importers in NY state to the end user.

Model DW2432 feature list:

  • 12 place setting
  • Energy Star Certified
  • 322 kWh/year average energy consumption
  • 5 wash programs
  • 4 wash temperatures
  • 3-way Euro filtering system
  • Adjustable unloaded upper rack
  • Cutlery basket
  • Fold-away upper rack tines for more versatility
  • Ultra-Quiet
  • Stainless steel tank
  • 4.35 to 145 allowable operating PSI
  • 120V/60 Hz
  • 1,000 watt heating element
  • Dimensions: 32 1/2”H x 23”W x21 5.8”D
  • Door color white, door swing upward
  • MSRP $860 Our price $735 plus freight!

(shown here with matching dryer stacked on top)

energy star washing machine

The ARWL129NA will clean your clothes better, and be easier on your clothes than top loading machines. Its reversing action removes more soil and stains than more expensive machines. These machines are built in Europe by Gorenje, a progressive manufacturer, and are similar in performance and components to more expensive European brands. Capacity is 11 lbs.; it’s white, door swing is reversible, and shipping weight is 280 lbs. $850 each plus freight.
Features include:

  • Stainless steel tub

  • Energy Star listed

  • 12 program wash cycles

  • 1000 RPM

  • Water heats up to 200 degrees to clean clothes better

  • 3 water levels

  • Automatic Door Lock

  • No-spin option

  • Extra Rinse Option

  • Manual setting option

  • Fits under standard counters

  • U.L. Approved

  • 115V, 60 Hz.

A matching (240V) dryer is available that can be stacked with suction cup kit or set alongside, model number is TCL73XNA, $750 plus freight. Note:  Electric dryers are not considered energy- efficient appliances and these are not rated for efficiency.

The washer and dryer above are available as ADA-compliant units as well.  The washer (ARWL129NAADA) is $1020, and the dryer ( TCL73XNAADA) is $920, not including freight.

For a real energy efficient way to dry your clothes, check these out!

Amish made wooden clothes drying rackMini: $64.95 Small: $89.95 Large: $103.95
We measure drying space by adding up the total usable dowel length.

Model: Drying space * Upright (HxWxL) * Folded * Weight
Mini: 24 ft. * 38”x12”x30” * 30”x16”x8” * 8 lbs.
Small: 34 ft. * 60”x19.5”x40 * 40”x25.5”x8” * 16 lbs.
Large: 40 ft. * 70”x23”x48” * 48”x30”x8” * 18 lbs.

Air drying your clothes will reduce wear and tear on them, and they will last much longer than getting beat up in an electric dryer. These have a 3-4 week lead time.

Page 1

Oasis Montana renewable energy newsletter for spring 2008

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6
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

Please feel free to share this newsletter – knowledge is power!

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