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


GREETINGS FROM OUR SOLAR POWERED OFFICE!

For those of you who aren't "on-line", or are beginning your project, we have an extremely informative catalog on disc for $10 ($20 out of country) - essential to 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 on-line, you can see example systems at www.oasismontana.com/systems.html.

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.  We now offer composting toilets at www.eco-potty.com and our main page is www.oasismontana.com.  Visit our web pages and stay awhile!  Or send us an e-mail and get on our e-list for the latest technology information and pricing specials.

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PUMP SYSTEM RESTORES SALMON RUN ON DESCHUTES RIVER IN OREGON:  

In 2009, the first juvenile salmonids in almost 40 years were passed below the Pelton-Round Butte hydroelectric project with the completion of the award winning selective water withdrawal (SWW) project. The ability to capture and pass fish from Lake Billy Chinook to the Lower Deschutes River was the first step to reintroduce wild fish runs back into the upper Deschutes, Crooked, and Metolius River Basins. Since then adult salmon have returned to the fish trap at the base of the Pelton Regulating Dam at approximate river mile 100. The next challenge was to release the returning adults into Lake Billy Chinook so that they are able to continue their journey up river to spawn. 

In the summer months the surface temperatures of the reservoir exceed limits found to be harmful or distressing to the coldwater salmon and steelhead. Engineers and biologists had to work together to devise a plan to release fish into Lake Billy Chinook while preventing exposure to the upper 10-15ft of warm surface water. 

So, a concrete vault was built at the edge of the lake with a pipe that extends 30 ft deep into the reservoir. This would provide a pathway down into the cool water of the lake. To maintain water temperatures within the vault a pump would be needed to circulate and cycle the water within the facility.  In fact, the role of the pumping system was twofold. First, the pump would remove warming water near the surface to be replaced with cool deep water. And second, this would provide a flow of cold water up the pipe which would allow the fish to locate the release pipe.

Many options were considered for the pumping flows; first, an electric pump with controls for operators to control remotely. The steep canyon wall limited the location of the facility to allow truck access. The selected site was about ½ mile upstream of Round Butte Dam. This option met the needs of the facility, but was very costly. The second option was to use a gas or diesel pump. This option had environmental and logistical issues. First was the potential of a fuel spill into the waters of Lake Billy Chinook during operation, storage, transportation, or refueling. The second was control. Personnel would have to operate the pump before processing fish, or have to wait with fish sitting in the truck while the pump cycled the warm water out of the system.

The solution was to use a solar powered pump. So, the Oasis Montana technicians provided a Grundfos pump system, matched with a 800+ watt solar array. With the system installed, the water begins to cycle when the sun rises and the internal temperatures are maintained throughout the day with no need for overhead power lines, control panels, or risk of chemical spill. On May 30th, 2012, the first salmon was released into the facility. After a few laps, the female Chinook found the release pipe and swam down its length into Lake Billy Chinook to continue her journey home.

To quote the onsite technicians: “At 9:57 a.m. Wednesday morning, the first Spring Chinook was released above Round Butte Dam! The fish (named ‘Glory’) was released into the Round Butte Adult Release Vault within the forebay of Round Butte Dam to continue its upstream migration into the upper Deschutes basin. Congratulations to all for all the hard work and dedication! YEEE-HAH! It’s a glorious day for all!” The fish had no trouble finding the release pipe — it sensed the cold water and was “down in a flash”. You can find more background information at www.deschutespassage.com.

 


SOLAR LIGHTING SYSTEM:

Need light somewhere but don’t feel like trenching in power over from your home? Would you really like to have an electric gate but not ready to pay the utility company hundreds to run power out there? How about a garden water fountain?

Consider solar power as the simple, hassle-free and inexpensive solution! That’s right, these relatively small loads can be easily powered by a small solar module; and, along with a few other components will provide you with near-maintenance-free operation for many years to come. Take for example the 12V LED light kit below, that can be easily installed in a barn, light pole driveway entrance, etc. . . The basic set up is a small 6 watt solar module, solar charge controller, maintenance-free AGM battery and an LED light bulb and fixture—all this for $225! Not a bad price, considering you will not have to dig trenches and/or pay an electrician to come out and run AC lines to your project. Skip the headaches and hassles; give us a call with your idea and let us configure your home project.











 

 

 

 

 

 

As with any other solar power system, the solar module needs to be mounted in the unobscured sunlight facing south.

As you can see by the basic wiring diagram this is a simple installation. Components and pricing depend on location and amount of light needed or space to be lit.

 



 

SOLAR MODULE PRICING—call for availability, freight costs, and quantities (# of modules) on pallets for the best deal. You can’t purchase less than a pallet quantity to get the pallet 'deal.'  For larger modules, pallet quantity generally runs between 20 and 40 modules, and oft-times there are significant additional charges for less (or more) than even pallet quantities. Some suppliers charge re-boxing fees as well.  Single Pallet
TRINA TSM240PA05 240W, 7.84A, 30.60V (64.96” X 39.05”) Trinas are made in China $360 $320
SANYO HIT 225W, 5.21A, 43.4V (62.2”X31.4”) Made in the USA, ARRA compliant  $681 $661
HELIOS 6T 255, 250W, 30.65V, 8.32A (66.1” x 39”) Made in the USA $389 $359
SHARP NU-Q240QCJ, 240W, 29.3V, 8.75A (39.1” x 64.6”) Made in the USA $378 $348
SUNTECH 180/24, 180W, 4.98A, 35.6V (62.20” X 31.81”) Made in China $300 $275
SOLARWORLD SW250, 250W, 6.68A, 34.6V (37.4” x 65.9”) Made in the USA or Germany $369 $349
CANADIAN SOLAR, 240W, 30.2V, 7.95A (64.5” X 38.7”) Made in China  $335 $315
CONERGY PM245, 245W, 8.18A, 29.87V (65.67” x 39.37”) Made in Taiwan & eastern Europe; polycrystalline  $339 $319
ECOSOLARGY 185W, 5.14A, 36.2V (62.2” x 31.8”) Made in China  $319 $289
Other modules available include Kyocera, Suniva, Samsung, LG, Yingli, GES, Alps, Solartech, Sunwize.  Call Call
At the time of this press release, some module prices are changing--sometimes for the better.  Please call for current pricing and availability.

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.

At the right is the new Classic MPPT Charge Controller by Midnight Solar. It’s available in several sizes and suitable for wind and hydro systems in addition to solar power. It is able to take a high voltage solar array and step it down to whatever voltage your batteries need, and maximizes your solar DC output. The Classic comes with a manufacturer’s 5 year warranty. Call us for your pricing and what model best suits your power project.

We also offer most other makes of charge controllers, including Morningstar, Blue Sky Energy, Outback Power, Schneider Electric (formerly Xantrex/Trace), Steca, Specialty Concepts, Phocos and Apollo Solar. Whether it’s for your RV, boat, cabin, business or home system, we can specify the right regulator for your system and budget.

 


WHO WE ARE and ORDERING INFORMATION:
Chris Daum, owner and manager of Oasis Montana, has been in the renewable energy field for 23 years.  She and our staff offer experience, personalized service, tech support, quality components and good pricing . We are happy to work with your installer, electrician, or contractor, and locally we can install your power system (or even fly to your site for installation). We provide detailed 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 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Mountain 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.  406-777-4321 or 4309 or e-mail us 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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Solar Center Pivot Irrigation System:

With the cost of photovoltaic power coming down, many farmers, ranchers and other agricultural growers are finding solar pumping to be a cost effective method of providing adequate water for their crops or livestock. Increasing fuel prices and recent consumer interest in renewable energy sources have resulted in greater availability of affordable solar energy equipment which will potentially make ‘off-grid’ irrigation systems more economically feasible for use in areas that do not have the required electrical infrastructure. These systems will open up producers’ ability to diversify their cropping practices, while reducing their reliance on non-renewable energy sources, especially in areas where seasonal precipitation is less than crop water requirements. In this regard, solar powered systems are particularly attractive, since crop water requirements (and livestock water needs) are highest when the potential for creating energy from the sun is most potent. As the cost of these systems continues to decrease, these systems become more economically viable, opening the door for irrigated production in areas that historically been unable to irrigate due to the high capital investment in infrastructure required.

The system above is watering approximately 3.5 acres in a research project for the University of Saskatchawan. It provides 30 GPM at 50 ft. of head and can supply 1/2” of water each day over this acreage; the solar array is 3200 watts and the pivot system operates off of 160W of PV, with 20kWhrs anticipated daily production during the growing season.

Cost of this system depends on site specifics, location, and of course, amount of water desired and seasons of use. If you think you may have a project of this nature, get us the site information and we’ll tell you what it will take!
www.PVsolarpumps.com.
 

A fool and his money are soon elected.  - Will Rogers

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A WORTHY CAUSE: Clean Water for Haiti:

Join Heart and Sol in raising funds to install and provide training on a solar water pumping system in the remote Haitian village of Te Wouj, where there is no access to clean drinking water. The system will not only provide safe, sanitary water for the entire village, but will relieve children of their daily water hauling responsibilities so they can focus on their education and on being kids. Currently most of the children in this village do not attend school or have much time for play, as they spend the majority of their day hiking to retrieve clean water for their families.

Details: The solar water pumping system will be installed at the river and pumped into Te Wouj, providing enough water for the entire village's drinking and domestic needs. The simple design of this system will make it effective, easy to use and maintain, and a valuable resource for this and future generations.

Working with this project, we will also be providing a hands-on training to anyone in Te Wouj or the surrounding communities interested in learning about the design, installation, maintenance and upkeep of solar water pumping systems. It is our hope that through this training, the participants will gain the skills to expand this viable trade throughout Haiti. We will also be adding a simple public health component on the importance of clean water to personal and community health. The full course is designed not only to empower people to take care of their health, but also their economic future.

The cost of the system includes the design, installation, equipment, spare components, essential maintenance items and the full training for all participants.

The Future: This is Heart & Sol's pilot project, and the first part of a larger vision to empower people in devastated areas to sustain vibrant personal and economic health. We invite you to be part of the beginning of an exciting world solution.

What You Can Do:
  • Donate any amount through CrowdRise to Heart and Sol’s, Clean Water for Haiti project at:
    www.CrowdRise.com/HeartAndSol 
  • Become part of our Fundraising Team on CrowdRise.com.
  • Click the Join the Team button and help us raise funds for our pilot project.
  • Help us spread the word by sharing our cause with your personal and online network.
  • Follow us/Like us on Facebook, where we will be keeping everyone current on the project with blogs, conversations, photos and videos. www.Facebook.com/HeartNSol
Mark Dickson, at right, worked on several solar pumping and power systems while visiting Haiti in March of 2011, and thanks you in advance for your help and support!

 


NO POWER IS NO PROBLEM for these gas ranges: these DC stoves (with an electric ignition battery pack, eight double A cells) do offer some benefits compared to standard gas pilot ignition ranges, including enhanced safety, convenience, energy savings, and the ability to work in the absence of AC power or during power outages. If you don’t put batteries in them, you can still light the oven and burners with a match. These are available in two styles in 20”, 24”, 30” and 36” widths, and are available in white, bisque and black. The stove pictured at the left is a model BFK5S39WP, 30" wide, $680 plus freight.

These are made in the USA by the Peerless Premier Mfg. Company; we like these ranges as they are mechanically simple and have very few problems across their life span; they come set up for natural gas but are easily converted for propane (LP) use. You can view more information about these models at http://www.LPappliances.com/DCStoves.html. And you can view our entire gas appliance line at http://www.LPappliances.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


BFR105 Battery-Free Solar Refrigerator, new from Sundanzer! This refrigerator maintains cold temperatures for 4-5 days without the need for a battery. It contains a built-in ice bank that freezes when the sun shines. It acts like a battery but will never wear out. It cannot be damaged by over or undercharging like a normal lead acid battery. The higher initial cost replaces what you’d spend on your first battery and charge controller. After that, there is no scheduled maintenance for the life of the refrigerator other than normal cleaning.

Physical & Electrical Specifications:

Input Voltage: 10 to 45VDC
Panel Voltage: 12V nominal
Power (max): 40 to 80W demand
Fuse size: 15A
Ambient temp range: 50 to 109°F (Celcius 10 to 43°)
Thermostat range: 30 to 48°F (Celcius –1 to 9°)
Exterior dimensions: 36.8”W x 26.2”D x 34.5”H (93.5W x 66.5D x 87.6H cm)
Capacity: 3.7 ft³ (105L)
Shipping weight: 230 lbs.        
$1450 plus freight.                                               

Ice packs are shown blue for illustrative purposes only.  Actual ice packs are white.

This little refrigerator will run directly off of one 130W solar module; it contains CFC-free refrigerant, has a scratch resistant galvanized steel exterior with an easy to clean aluminum interior. The thermal packs custom fit right in the unit, and there’s an interior light for better visibility, auto temperature control and a basket for freeze protection. When this model is cooling down on a sunny day, there is some possibility of freezing the contents in the lowest (coldest) section refrigerator, so place your contents accordingly.

This can be an advantage if the user wants very cold drinks or even the ability to make ice. This is suitable for off-grid living, as a back-up refrigerator or for your remote cabin. A solar module kit is available and can ship on the same pallet as the refrigerator; it includes a 130W module and 40 ft. of USE wire and MC connectors for easy hook-up; that costs an additional $500. These have a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. We think our friends in various relief organizations will find this a most exciting and useful product!

Sorry, but this item is no longer available as of summer, 2013.  Please see information about our direct-drive solar refrigerator from  SunDanzer by clicking on

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New From Oasis Montana:  Diamond LP Gas Refrigerators. With their economical fuel usage, superior construction and large size, Diamond refrigerators fit the bill for many families living off the grid, or for those who want a reliable refrigerator in the event of a power outage. No electricity required! With a five year manufacturer’s warranty and modern styling, we think these are an excellent addition to our gas appliance line. (The 13 cu.ft. capacity model is no longer available, but a 14 cu. ft. model may be on the horizon.) These refrigerators can also be converted for natural gas use for an additional $50. Below are the available models (prices subject to change):

Diamond 10 (10 cu.ft. capacity) $1629 (white only)
Diamond 15 white $2059
Diamond 15 bisque $2129
Diamond 17 white $2179
Diamond 17 bisque $2239
Diamond 19 white $2279
Diamond 19 bisque or black $2359
Diamond 19 stainless doors $2509
Diamond 18 all-refrigerator white $2129

You can view pictures and specifications about all of these refrigerators at at www.LPappliances.com.
(Note:  These are a truck freight item, and they ship from our supplier in Ohio, where they are manufactured.)

 


Outback Power’s RADIAN GS8048 Inverter
An excellent choice when you need a dependable power solution for your home or business!

       Features include:

  • Grid Interactive and stand-alone capability in one unit
  • 8000W continuous power rating
  • Simplified parallel design from 8kW to 80kW
  • Unsurpassed surge capacity
  • GS load center option allows for ease of installation
  • Field serviceable modular design
  • 120/240V Split phase voltage
  • Field upgradeable firmware
  • Idle consumption-invert mode, no load: 30W
  • Dual AC inputs

This is one of the most powerful DC to AC true sinewave inverter, battery charger and dual AC inputs, with 120/240 split-phase output, providing a total power solution that seamlessly integrates with traditional North American wiring practices. The Radian Series has a stainless steel face with galvanized steel enclosure, with Outback’s signature ruggedness and a lustrous modern appearance. And once your batteries are full, excess power is fed back to the utility for grid-tied use.

Unique dual power module design provides excellent efficiency at both low and full power applications, while providing redundancy for critical applications; this also allows for easy field servicing of installed systems, or easy integration (paralleling additional units) if power requirements increase in the future.

Since this integrates with the Outback MATE 3 Monitor and HUB Communications Manager, this enables the Radian GS8048 to connect to other Outback electronics for ultimate system information. $5399 plus freight.
 

“This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.” —Will Rogers

Find out what solar incentives are available in your state at http://www.dsireusa.org.

 


RE NEWS BITES... NREL Looks at Cradle-to-Grave Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Energy Technologies: A new approach to assessing greenhouse-gas emissions from coal, wind, solar and other energy technologies paints a much more precise picture of cradle-to-grave emissions and should help sharpen decisions on what new energy projects to build. NREL analysts looked at more than 2,000 studies across several energy technologies, applied quality controls and greatly narrowed the range of estimates for greenhouse-gas emissions. The harmonization found that cradle-to-grave greenhouse-gas emissions from solar photovoltaics are about 5 percent of those from coal; that wind and solar are about equal in emissions; and that nuclear energy is on a par with renewable energy, except for waste disposal. And the analysis succeeded in narrowing the huge range of estimates – in some cases by 80 percent to 90 percent – to a robust median, improving precision, and giving stakeholders a much clearer look at the likely environmental impacts of various projects. Read more at http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2012/1832.html

What if solar power got the same subsidies as fossil fuels? http://holykaw.alltop.com/what-if-solar-got-fossil-fuel-subsidies-infog for a nice infographic article about how green energy gets a bad rap in America (thanks to an avalanche of fossil fuel lobbyists).

The consequences of our love of plastic crap: a world awash in plastic garbage. Read the depressing details at http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/the-fatal-shore-awash-in-plastic/?ref=world
 

Here’s a surprise….renewables only produce 5% of the emissions of coal: http://www.ecogeek.org/monitoring-pollution/3772

New toilet generates electricity? http://inhabitat.com/poo-power-new-toilet-system-turns-human-waste-into-electricity-and-reduces-water-use-by-90/
 

United Kingdom Tops in Energy Efficiency; U.S. Lags in Ninth Place: http://www.aceee.org/press/2012/07/aceee-united-kingdom-tops-energy-eff   The United Kingdom comes in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world's 12 major economies, followed closely by Germany, Italy, and Japan, according to the first-ever "International Energy Efficiency Scorecard." The report finds that in the last decade the U.S. has made "limited or little progress toward greater efficiency at the national level," putting it in 9th place behind China, France, and Australia. The rankings include 12 of the world's largest economies: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. These 12 economies represent over 78 percent of global gross domestic product; 63 percent of global energy consumption; and 62 percent of the global carbon-dioxide equivalent emissions. On a scale of 100 possible points in 27 categories, the nations were ranked by ACEEE as follows: (1) the United Kingdom; (2) Germany; (3) Italy; (4) Japan; (5) France; (6) the European Union, Australia, and China (3-way tie); (9) the U.S.; (10) Brazil; (11) Canada; and (12) Russia.

Free Market Hypocrisy: Why Do We Hold Renewables to Different Standards than Fossil Fuels and Nuclear? http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012/08/free-market-hypocrisy-why-do-we-hold-renewables-to-different-standards-than-fossil-fuels-and-nuclear?cmpid=SolarNL-Saturday-September1

Poll Shows Stunning Majority of Americans Support Renewable Energy and Oppose Nuclear Power & Fossil Fuels:
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5502/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1203398  
A new public opinion poll of 1,019 Americans conducted March 22-25 by ORC International finds that two-thirds of Americans (67%) think that “political leaders should help to steer the U.S. to greater use of cleaner energy sources–such as increased efficiency, wind and solar–that result in fewer environmental and health damages.” About three out of four Americans (73%) agree that “federal spending on energy should focus on developing the energy sources of tomorrow, such as wind and solar, and not the energy sources of yesterday, such as nuclear power.” Eight out of 10 Americans think U.S. taxpayers and ratepayers should not “finance the construction of new nuclear power reactors in the United States through tens of billions of dollars in proposed new federal loan guarantees.” Three out of four Americans (76%) would support “a shift of federal loan-guarantee support for energy away from nuclear reactors and towards clean, renewable energy, such as wind and solar.”

Energy sources from cradle-to-grave  http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012/05/study-compares-energy-sources-from-cradle-to-grave?cmpid=SolarNL-Tuesday- 

Are Solar Jobs in the U.S. Rising or Declining?  http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012/09/are-solar-jobs-in-the-u-s-rising-or-declining?cmpid=WNL-Wednesday-September26-2012  The U.S. solar industry employed more than 100,000 Americans in 2011, a figure that represents a 6.8% increase in employment from 2010. This means that the solar industry created jobs at a rate nearly ten times faster than the overall economy. Although the solar industry stems from a small base, its growth indicates that solar is likely to be a winning proposition for lawmakers. But the question is: Can the U.S. expect this kind of growth in 2012? Fortunately, there are countless examples of solar industry growth and job creation throughout the U.S. Most recently, Semprius announced that it is opening a new solar manufacturing facility in Henderson, NC that will create at least 250 new jobs, and a German solar-panel manufacturing company, Solarzentrum, announced plans to expand into Ohio and create 140 new solar jobs.

Algenol Confirms Rising Yields in Algae-to-Ethanol System:  http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2012/09/25/take-it-to-the-limit-algenol-and-rising-yields-in-advanced-biofuels   Algenol Biofuels reported that its four-acre algae-to-ethanol facility in Lee County, Florida, has achieved continuous output at the 7,000 gallon-per-acre level, exceeding the company's initial target of 6,000. The next step for Algenol is the establishment of a 36-acre biorefinery, which is slated to enter service in the first quarter of 2013. Algenol's results, as well as those from Joule Unlimited, indicate their next-generation systems are capable of yielding up to 10 times the output achievable in first-generation biofuel systems. More importantly, these are yields that can be achieved with economically-feasible photobioreactor units and are confirmed in the field using commercial units under normal operating conditions.


 

"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading."  --Thomas Jefferson

 


Kill-A-Watt Meter
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This electricity detector and monitor can educate you about your monthly electric bill and help you save a lot of money. You can now be a ’detective’ and ascertain what appliances are actually worth keeping plugged in. Simply plug in the Kill-A-Watt meter, connect your appliances to it and Kill-a-Watt will assess how efficient it really is, showing you the instantaneous power used, and also cumulative energy or kilowatt-hours used.

Kill-a-Watt, with an easy-to-read LCD display, counts consumption by the kilowatt-hour, same as your local utility. With the help of Kill-a-Watt you can figure out your electrical expenses by the day, week, month or year on a given device. Kill-a-Watt can check the quality of your power by monitoring Voltage, Line Frequency, and Power Factor. NEW PRICE of $25.

Now you'll know if it is time to install a power strip on your entertainment center instead of feeding those ghosts loads while you are sleeping or away from home. Or, is that laptop really cheaper to power than a desktop PC? And how much power does that HD TV use?

Operating Voltage: 115VAC Max Voltage: 125VAC
Max Current: 15A Max Power: 1875W
Dimensions: 5 1/8” x 1 5/8” x 2 3/8”
Still $25 plus shipping.
 


The GREEN MOVEMENT….In the checkout line at the grocery store, the young cashier told an older woman, who was a very young 60, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags aren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green movement in my day.” The clerk responded, “That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.

She was right. Our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles, and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in the day.

We also walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right, we didn’t have the green thing in our day. Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 240 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers and sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady was right, we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio in the house, not a TV in every room. And the screen was about 19 inches, not 50 inches. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred most everything we ate because we didn’t have an electric machine to do it. We didn’t have prepackaged dinners and we didn’t have a microwave oven. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded-up old newspaper to cushion it, not plastic bubble-wrap. Speaking of the post office, I can remember when those jobs were reserved for members of the military, when their days of service were completed. Today, those heroes have a very high rate of unemployment.

We drank water from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a plastic cup or bottle every time we had a drink of water. I saw a statistic the other day. We humans use enough plastic bottles each year that if they were lined up end to end, they would stretch to the moon and back several times! Back in my day, people in the cities took the streetcar, or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their parents into a 24-hour taxi service. No wonder kids are obese! We didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find a nearest pizza joint or what was showing in the theatre.

But isn’t it sad the current generation suggests how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then? (by Gary Godfrey)

 


Quotable Quotes:

Believe in yourself, your neighbors, your work, your ultimate attainment of more complete happiness. It is only the farmer who faithfully plants his seeds in spring who reaps a harvest in autumn. - B.C. Forbes
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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.—John Muir
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Every season hath its pleasures; spring may boast her flowery prime, yet the vineyard’s ruby treasures brighten Autumn’s soberer time. -T. Moore
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I'm in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it's difficult to analyze love when you’re in it." - John Steinbeck
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Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees. - David Letterman
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Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain
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To regain my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early or become respectable. - Oscar Wilde
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We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away. - Zhuangzi
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If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand. - Milton Friedman
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There are three roads to ruin: women, gambling and technicians. The most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling, but the surest is with technicians. - Georges Pompidou
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A two year old toddler is kind of like having a blender on, but you don’t have the top for it. - Jerry Seinfeld
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Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills to the far horizon? - Hal Borland
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The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum, the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls, and the wind hurries on…. A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no detaining the wind. - Aldo Leopold
 

Thank you for your interest in Oasis Montana.  For more information go to www.oasismontana.com, send us an email at info@oasismontana.com, or call us at 406-777-4321or 4309.
 

 

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Independent power is as American as apple pie!

There’s never been a better time to go solar!

This is the last year for the 30% federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for a solar power system. Then it will drop 4% and be at 26% for 2020; this includes installations on both residential and business properties – and may even include your RV, if you can call that a second home. The federal tax credit for all installations will end by the end of 2022.mounted solar array

You can also find out what state incentives are available for you at www.dsireusa.org. In some states, their incentives, combined with the ITC, can negate up to 80% of the system’s total cost. And all costs are deserving of the credit with the ITC, including permitting, installation and shipping (and perhaps even a new roof if it is needed).

If you use some tax software, it should ask you if you’ve installed a solar power system in the past year, but if not, and you do your own taxes, be sure to fill out IRS form 5695 – and keep all of your receipts related to your system purchase. IF you need a link to that residential tax form, here it is: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf

Reducing or negating your utility bills, and gaining energy independence (an American value!) through solar power has never been a better deal!


The Importance of WATER...

You can live without a lot of things in the world, but water isn’t one of them; clean potable water is running low or just becoming unavailable in many parts of the world, including the U.S. We’ve been engaged in solar water pumping for two decades, and there’s been many changing technologies to address water needs for residential use, and commercial endeavors such as irrigation, livestock, fish farms and wildlife management. One of the latest is to run a 240VAC pump array direct – that is, it will run when the sun is shining, and requires a solar array but no batteries. These will run a variety of pumps, 120/240V, three-phase, and change a 1 or 2 speed motor pump to a soft start. You can view information about this new technology at http://www.pvsolarpumps.com/PDFs/PicoCell Spec Sheet_Oasis Montana.pdf

Now there are even more options; if you have the need for higher amperage and horsepower, the Picocell will now handle up to 3 HP and 12 amps. These solar-powered pumps will allow your home or business to qualify for a variety of tax credits, grants, and incentive programs. If you are looking for something to power your large AC pump, We Have It!  Check out our new Picocell controllers.  Give us a call for more information, 406-777-4321.

And if you’ve been thinking of an off-grid water pumping project, you are likely to enjoy this short video from one of our pump suppliers, Lorentz.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vbONlDqmZQ


If you are a Montanan: Northwestern Energy is proposing some bad news for its net-metered customers; more information at http://montanarenewables.org/programs/general-electric-rate-case/

And if you really want to help support renewable energy in MT, please consider joining the Montana Renewable Energy Association (http://montanarenewables.org/about-us/join-mrea/). They’ll keep you informed as to legislative issues, promote our annual energy fair and offer an informative web site to help promote the advantages of renewables (www.montanarenewables.org). Please consider joining today! Your membership will make a difference.

Why energy efficiency is SO important.

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The cheapest power is that which we do not use.   https://nwenergy.org/ for more information!


Is this proper grounding?
Power line down at river crossing

Power line down at river crossing, often local power production is more dependable

Sometimes utility power is at the mercy of the elements,
as shown by these downed power lines in a flooding Montana river.

We caught these picture canoeing the Bitterroot River last June.


 

Is small wind right for you? Here’s your opportunity to find out!
For a limited time only, we are offering the Chinook wind turbine for half-price, at $495 plus shipping. You won’t find a better deal for a quality, American-made wind generator! With a top end of 250W output, this can be a valuable addition to your battery charging set-up if you regularly have winds of 10-12 mph or greater. These mount on 1.5” schedule 40 steel pipe and come with their own dump load controller. They are available as a 12, 24 or 48V charging unit, and were originally designed and built in Montana (so you know they are tough).

We’ve had one of these here at Oasis Montana for about five years now, and it still works great. Every spring and summer, we have winds in excess of 80 mph but it keeps quietly making power for our 48V battery bank. These are also suitable for marine use, to help keep your navigation equipment charged and working (as the wind on the water generally seems to be blowing most of the time). We have installation manuals and other information we can send you on these; call if you are interested, 406-777-4309, e-mail us at Oasis or visit our web page at http://www.air403windgenerators.com/chinook-wind-generator.html.

 


System Spotlight

We assisted Bryan & Shannon Tarter of southeastern Montana in their system upgrade, adding more solar modules
and going from a 12V system to replacing with a new 48V inverter for their remote home. Nice going!


STAINLESS DOOR REFRIGERATOR FOR SMALL KITCHENS

If you have a space-challenged kitchen (or a small cabin needing a fridge), we have an efficient, beautiful AC refrigerator option for you.
MODEL FF923PL (uses only 865 watt-hours per day, or .865KWH).

.attractive ff923 refrigerator with door open

 

Attractive FF923pl Stainless refrigerator

FF923pl SPECIFICATIONS:

Height of Cabinet

66.63" (169 cm)

Height to Hinge Cap

67.13" (171 cm)

Width

21.25" (54 cm)

Width with Door Open

22.0" (56 cm)

Depth

23.25" (59 cm)

Depth with door at 90°

43.0" (109 cm)

Capacity

8.9 cu.ft. (252 L)

Defrost Type

Frost-Free

Door

Stainless Steel

Cabinet

Black

US Electrical Safety

CSA

Canadian Electrical Safety

CSA-C

Energy Usage/Year

316.0kWh/year

Amps

0.9

Voltage/Frequency

115 V AC/60 Hz

Weight

110.0 lbs. (50 kg)

Shipping Weight

115.0 lbs. (52 kg)

Parts & Labor Warranty

1 Year

Compressor Warranty

5 Years

Price (before shipping)

$585

We have other efficient refrigeration options available; visit www.eco-fridge.com for AC & DC offerings, and www.LPappliances.com, for refrigerators, freezers and gas ranges that operate off of NG or LP gas with NO electrical requirements.


Solar electric power from the sunInverters, solar modules, tariffs & trade deals

The import tariffs put on many incoming products hasn’t terribly hurt the renewable energy sector. True, employment in the solar power field has dropped a couple of percentage points in the past 18 months, and some utility-size projects were put on hold, but in general renewable energy jobs are still a very a bright spot in the U.S. economy. Renewable technologies are a global industry; many solar modules considered ‘made in the USA’ still have cells made in other countries; likewise inverters and inverter parts are often made abroad. If you are looking to buy American, Mission Solar, Panasonic and SolarWorld are cranking out high-quality modules in our fair country, and we also have access to Longi, Seraphim, Canadian Solar, Trina, Jinko, LG, Silfab, CSun, Yingli and more. We can also get ahold of some of the smaller, 12V nominal modules that are sometimes difficult to find. Let us know what you need for your power project, and we shall find what you seek!


 


 

Batteries for back-up power: what are your critical loads?

6v batteries wired in series for 48 voltsThe least costly way to get into solar power (if you are hooked up to a utility) is to have a batteryless, grid-tied power system; when the sun shines, the solar modules on your roof or mounting rack make power that goes into an inverter, which converts the electricity into grid-palatable AC power and makes your meter spin slower – or makes your meter spin backwards, if you are making more power than you use. It’s a simple and direct method of reducing or negating your utility bill. However, without batteries, if the power goes out, these systems shut down (to keep the power lines from being live to protect any line workers). It can be frustrating to have a solar power system but not be able to use it if the power goes down!

There are now ways to add battery back-up to these kinds of power systems. The number of batteries needed will depend on the loads you want to power. It may be very costly to, say, power your entire home or business but if you have any important loads (like a refrigerator, or keeping necessary computers on line) – that’s how we design the size of the battery back-up needed. If your power outages are brief and rare, then you won’t need the number of batteries that someone might need if the power tends to go out for days at a time! Like any other system design, the electrical load information is most important.

We have a lot of basic battery information at www.oasismontana.com/batteries.html; most of the information is about FLA (flooded lead-acid) batteries, but we offer a lot of other options for battery back-up. Call us if you are interested in back-up power in the event of a utility outage!

 


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WINTERING CHICKENS AT THE OASIS IN WESTERN MONTANA

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a chicken fancier and raise batches of chickens from time to time. Some of my friends even refer to me as the ‘chicken whisperer’.

Organic Chickens at Oasis Montana

 I’ve been keeping chickens for nearly forty years, and was raised around them as a kid, and I’ve learned some tricks about helping them to survive winter in good health. One of them is to keep clean water in front of them at all times. I have one of those heated dog waterers; it holds about a gallon; I put fresh water out every morning then top it off later in the day, and that provides enough water for my 14 chickens. The waterer itself uses about 40 watts, and when it gets above freezing it shuts off as it is thermostatically controlled. So it is not a large electrical load on my solar power system (still, that’s almost a kilowatt-hour a day when it’s cold). There are companies that sell heated chicken waterers, but they tend to use substantially more power.

I have a small chicken house that is only 6 x 8 on the floor area, but with the nests and built-in roosts, it’s pretty easy to keep clean, and its smaller size enables the chickens to stay warmer in winter than they would in a larger shed. I use a good grass hay for bedding, and rake it out when it getsOrganic eggs grown at Oasis Montana Inc. soiled (and have enough from ‘the girls’ to side dress all of my fruit trees with the manure and hay at least once a year). I have to clean their house more in winter, as the days are shorter and they spend more time indoors. But I do have a 10W LED light and timer that comes on in the chicken house about 3 a.m. – and that increases the photoperiod enough that my hens lay very well through the darkest time of the year. I used to think that hens needed some ‘time off’ in the winter – but I no longer believe that is true; when a hen chick is hatched, she contains all the embryonic eggs she will ever lay, so it’s up to us to provide the nutrition and environment to maximize their egg-laying capabilities.

There are breeds that are certainly more suitable for colder climates (and I won’t go into that in great detail, as there’s lots of information about that available), but the breeds I favor are for hardiness and egg-laying ability. The Plymouth Rocks and Ameraucanas are high on my list (and I love the colored eggs), although I presently have some crossbreeds that are prolific layers of large eggs. I feed my chickens organic grains; it’s considerably more costly but – when you consider what goes into chicken feed (mostly corn and soy) – I’d rather not have any transgenic pesticides in their feed. I eat (and sell) their eggs and sometimes I eat my chickens too, so I want all to be of the highest quality and free of chemicals.

We have designed systems for barns and sheds to provide lighting; like all systems it all depends on how much power you need and the loads you desire to run. We don’t get a lot of sun in the winter, here on the western side of the continental divide, and I don’t have a separate system just for the chicken house; we run an electrical line out there from my inverter system that powers my home/office. And the results are gorgeous, tasty eggs and healthy chickens.
 


Quotable quotes

"One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient.”
-Charles M. Blow

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer if they’re happy.” 
–Anton Chekhov

 “Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” 
–Sinclair Lewis

 “Optimize the way we use the world’s resources.  Do more with less.  Don’t wait for the politicians.  See what needs to be done and do it.” 
–R. Buckminster Fuller                                              

 “Ah, the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large on the canvas of awareness.  At the Winter Solstice, the wind is cold, the trees are bare, and all lies in stillness beneath the blanket of snow.” 
–Gary Zukav

“Humans have complicated every simple gift of the gods.” 
–Diogenes

“Bad days happen to everyone, but when one happens to you, just keep doing your best and never let a bad day make you feel bad about yourself.”
-Big Bird

“People of North America, may the example of all those nations that have preceded you, and especially that of your motherland, instruct you. Beware of the affluence of gold that brings with it the corruption of morals and the scorn of laws; beware of an unbalanced distribution of wealth that will give rise to a small number of opulent citizens and a horde of citizens in poverty, a situation that will engender the insolence of some and the deprivation of others.” 
-Diderot

“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.”
- George Washington

 
 

 

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