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

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Call for availability, freight costs, and quantity pricing.

PV-MF110EC3, 110W, 6.4A, 21,1V (56.1” X 25.4”)

NT-175UI, 175W, 4.95A, 35.4V (62.01” x 32.52”)
ND-L3E1U, 123W, 7.16A, 17.2V (59.06” x 26.08”)
ND-80EJE 80W, 4.67A, 17.1V (47.28” x 20.88”)
(expect price increases by mid-to-late winter on Sharp products)

KC200GT, 200W, 7.61A, 26.3V (56.2” x 39”)
KC175GT 175W, 7.42A, 23.6V (50.8” x 39”)
KC130GT 130W, 7.2A, 17.4V (56.1” x 25.7”)
(same physical dimensions as the KC120 & KC125--when the ones we have in stock are gone, that’ll be it for the 130s as they are being discontinued, along with the 175s & 200s)
KC85T 85W, 4.75A, 17.9V (39.6” x 25.7”)
KD205GX-LP, 205W, 7.71A, 26.6V (59.1” x 39”)
KD180GX-LP, 180W, 7.63A, 23.6V (52.8” x 39”)
KD135GX-LP, 135W, 7.63A, 17.7V (59.1” x 26.3”)

STP170, 170W, 4.83A, 35.2V (62.2” x 31.8”) Single pricing and per skid of 44.
STP160, 160W, 4.65A, 34.4V (62.2” x 31.8”) Single pricing and per skid of 44.

US-64 64W, 3.88A, 16.5V (53.78” x 29.18”)

ES-190-RL, 190W, 7.12A, 26.7V (37.5” x 61.8”)
(Single pricing and per pallet of 30)

SX-30U, 30W, 1.78A, 16.8V (23.4” x 19.8”)
SX-20U, 20W, 1.19A, 16.8V (16.7” x 19.7”)
BSP-2012, 20W, 1.2A, 17.3V (16.7” x 19.8”)
Dura-Series modules, nearly identical to the old ‘MSX Lite’ series, same 5 yr. warranty
BSP-1012LSS, 10W, 17.3V, .58A, 17.5” x 10.5”
BSP-3012LSS, 30W, 18.8V, 1.66A, 26.5” x 20”
Other modules offered as available. Call for your availability, costs and freight.

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. Call for your cost, avail-ability and freight. At this writing, some racks may have a 4-6 week lead time.

CONTROLLERS & REGULATORS are essential for complete battery charging while preventing overcharging. Sizing a charge controller is based on the input amperage and voltage of the solar array.  Call for pricing.
Sunsaver 6 (handles up to 6.5A) (with low voltage disconnect option)
Sunsaver 10 (handles up to 10A) (with LVD option) also available in 24V
NEW Sunsaver Duo 12V 25A (charges two batteries,w/ display & LCD) $188 --great for RVs!
Prostar PS15 $115; PS15M (with meter); PS 30; PS 30M 
Tristar Charge Controller, 60A, 12 to 48V, multiple settings & screens, 45A
Tristar Digital Meter for their 45A or 60A charge controller, 5 yr. warranty on Morningstar products
Xantrex C-40 (handles up to 40A) for 12, 24 or 48V systems (formerly
Xantrex CM (digital volt meter for C-40 and C-60) $99 known as Xantrex C-60 (handles up to 60A @ 12 or 24V) (Trace)
Two year warranty on all Xantrex controllers.
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.

Outback Power Components (Call for pricing.)

Sealed inverters: FX2012T, 2524T, 3048T
Vented inverters: VFX2812, 3524, 3648 
Grid-tie, mobile, marine and export versions available on most of these sine wave inverters.
MATE system display & controller 
PSX240 Transformer 
Communications Manager HUB-4; HUB-10
MX60 MPPT Charge Controller $589, 60A 12/24/48V

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 They’ve
got a nice product catalog there you can download too, at


Propane refrigerators, freezers, ranges, cook tops
www.LPappliances.com for information.  Call for pricing.

Gas Refrigerators:

Servel propane refrigerator, 8 cu.ft. capacity

Crystal Cold 12 cu.ft. capacity propane ’fridge
Crystal Cold 15 cu.ft. capacity
Crystal Cold 18 cu.ft. capacity
Stainless 18 cu.ft. capacity (w/ black textured sides)
NEW 21 cu.ft. capacity White Crystal Cold ‘Fridge
(it’s the biggest propane refrigerator manufactured! Also available as a special order is a 19 cu.ft. black model)

Gas Freezers

Blizzard 15 cu.ft. capacity upright freezer
Blizzard 22 cu.ft. capacity upright freezer

The Servel refrigerator can be converted to use natural gas for (includes re-crating). The Crystal Cold refrigerators and Blizzard 10 cu.ft. chest freezers can be converted to natural gas; the Blizzard 15 and 22 cu.ft. freezers can be converted to natural gas. Call for pricing.

Gas Kitchen stoves:

Peerless Premier gas ranges are available in 20”, 24”, 30” and 36” widths, with model colors ranging from white, bisque, black and stainless. Even the electronic ignition models will work without power (you can light the burners and oven with a match) -- there’s no glow bar in the ovens on these mechanically simple, American-made stoves. All ranges are set up for natural gas but LP conversion kits are included for every model at no extra cost.

We also offer propane and natural gas cooktops, Italian-made by Verona; these professional cooking appliances are also available in a wide variety of finishes (stainless, black, bisque and white or black glass), with two, four and five burner models. http://www.lpappliances.com/verona.html for pictures and specifications.

Sun-Mar Composting Toilets

Sun-Mar is the world leader in composting toilet technology; the design of these has a unique,Sun-Mar self contained composting toilet patented BioDrum which provides super fast, odor-free decomposition. These toilets have been sold worldwide for over 25 years, and are the first ones to be certified to ANSI/NSF standards for residential use. WHEN TO USE A SUN-MAR? Anywhere or anytime! When there is no plumbing, a Sun-Mar provides a low cost toilet; these are also great for upgrading an outhouse. Maybe you have a shortage of water, or you have toilet waste that needs to be removed from an overloaded septic system. Or perhaps you just want to minimize the environmental impact. Sun-Mar can handle all of these situations.

Why use a Sun-Mar composting toilet? Here’s why:
  • No Plumbing
  • No Water Needed
    (on most models)
  • No Odor
  • Inexpensive Solution
  • No Pollution
  • Saves Water
  • Recycles Nutrients
  • Little or No Liquid Output

These are used in cabins, barns, remote offices, boats, RVs, where septic permits are not permitted, or wherever you want to minimize your environmental impact. www.eco-potty.com


Chris Daum, owner and manager of Oasis Montana, has been in the renewable energy field for 19 years, and Mark Dickson, our technical sales fellow, has been in the field of hydrology and RE systems for 6 years. Our staff offers experience, personalized service, quality components and excellent pricing . We are happy to work with your installer, electrician, or contractor. We provide detailed CAD-generated wiring diagrams with the systems we sell.

TO PLACE AN ORDER: E-mail or call us for your freight ; if you have any questions about your system or product, please contact us. E-mail is easiest and fastest (but we know that you aren’t all on line). We accept Visa/Mastercard (personal and business checks are fine). For our international customers, we accept bank transfers—e-mail or call us for our banking information. Our hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Mountain Daylight Savings Time, Mon. – Fri. If we‘re on another line when you call, please leave us a message, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We don’t have a voice mail system (ugh!), but you may have to leave a message if we’re with a customer or on one of the other lines. 406-777-4321 or 4309 or e-mail at info@oasismontana.com — for tech support on renewable energy systems, e-mail larry@oasismontana.com.

We’d be very happy to help you with your power project
send an e-mail or give us a call!

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Oasis Montana renewable energy newsletter for spring 2008

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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

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