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


We will have new winter hours starting November-March! 9am - 4pm MST





Protecting rare fish becomes easier with a solar power pumping and aeration system; the arctic grayling's habitat in the Big Hole River has been suffering due to drought, irrigation and livestock use of the river. Now we can keep more water in the river to protect these fish; check out our article and installation pictures here for a more information: http://www.pvsolarpumps.com/pumpaeration.htm. At present, the fish are slowly increasing in population as the water resource improves -- and more water-saving projects are planned for the future.




The folks at Midnite Solar have been at it again! They have a new charge controller called the KID. It's a 30A MPPT (maximum power point tracking) controller, great for small renewable energy systems, allowing for true input paralleling. If your power needs increase, you can add more solar modules and another KID, giving you twice the power from a single array.


> Up to 30A battery output                                                           > Solar, wind or hydro modes
> No fan                                                                                       > MPPT tracking
> Reverse polarity protected                                                         > True paralleling; inputs and outputs for two KIDs
> 3 LED Bar Graph for battery status at a glance                           > Up to 150V input
> Keypad for menu items and set points                                        > Exclusive HyperVOC entends the input voltage above 150VOC for cold climates.
> Sealed for harsh environments                                                    > 12V, 24V, 36V, 48V Battery output, field selectable
> Made in Arlington, WA, USA                                                   > Lighting controller: dusk-dawn, hourly, day, night settings
> Dimensions: 9 1/4" x 5"H x 3 5/16"                                            > Weight: 6 lbs. (2.73 kgs)
> Cost: $399 + shipping                                                               > 2 year manufacturer's warranty

Marine Version:

These are also available as a marine/RV version ($499, includes marine mounting bracket, available in white or black); you can view more information about these excellent controllers at


Midnite Solar is also in the testing stage of its new wind turbine; they are hoping to offer a one kilowatt model by spring. Rumor has it that it will be tough as nails, and suitable for battery charging solutions as well as for grid-tie power systems. Stay tuned for information about these exciting wind generators!






For your hunting camp... It's hunting season here in Montana, as well as many other parts of the country! If your hunting cabin needs the right appliance to cool or cook your meat, we offer several sizes of non-electric gas refrigerators and freezers, as well as stoves that require no AC power (and will run off of a small battery pack of eight double A cells). Visit our gas appliance site at www.LPappliances.com for more information; if you find something of interest, call for your freight costs. The least expensive freight deal is if the appliance can ship to a commercial drop point (business that's 'on the beaten path' or a freight terminal) that has a dock or forklift. These appliances ship from the midwest and are not stocked locally.




Solar power for RVs
Many people have added photovoltaic modules to the roof of their recreational vehicle, giving them added charging for their coach batteries to reduce or negate their generator run time. If you are powering lights, music, fans, water pump or perhaps a small microwave, solar power can be a very cost effective addition to your RV system. But, some folks do not want to compromise the integrity of their rig's roof, or they want to park in the shade to keep the vehicle cool, which is quite understandable (but not-so-great for solar power production)! If your power requirements are modest, a simple fix can be to add a 'leg' to the back of your solar module, so you can park in the shade and place your panel in the sun. We do this with our old Dodge camper van on our fishing trips, parking in the shade but placing our solar module in the sun, moving it around from time to time to keep it as perpendicular to the sun's rays as possible. That way we have plenty of power for our radio, DC water pump and ventilation fan. If you are considering adding solar to your RV or boat, give us a call to talk about the particulars. You can also view more information about these kinds of systems at http://www.oasismontana.com/RV_systems.html.




Information on a little bit of everything. Have you checked out our resources page? Do you have an interest in solar water heating? Gardening tips? Hydro or wind power? Renewable energy news? Efficient products for the home and business? Alternative building ideas? Recycling? Cool projects for kids? If any of these have your interest, take a look at all the links at www.oasismontana.com/links.html for some help and information about almost any project you may wish to undertake. You can get ideas for making your automobile less of a gas guzzler; how to make you home or office less polluting; where you can take classes to learn to build a wind generator; how to build a well-insulated home addition; how to save on water use, or build a rainwater collection system....and many more! We simply can't sell everything, but we can provide interested people with the data to live better and more efficiently. Knowledge is power!


Are you a Northwestern Energy electric customer? NWE is still offering grant opportunities for those who choose to invest in a wind or solar grid-tied power system. The amount of incentive depends on the project; we have applications for these grants that we can e-mail you, for residential or commercial endeavors, or you can contact NWE for the particulars at (888) 467-2669. Combined with the 30% federal tax credit and our $500 state tax credit, it can really bring down the cost of a solar power system--and you can start reaping the benefits of a lowered utility bill now. For those outside our service area or in other states, you can view what incentives may be available for you at www.dsireusa.org.





Renewable Energy News Bites

Why lease solar modules when you can own them? http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/09/why-lease-solar-panels-when-you-can-own-them?cmpid=WNL-Wednesday-September17-2014

Unsubsidized renewables increasingly rival fossil fuels: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/5-more-charts-that-prove-wind-and-solar-just-keep-getting-cheaper?utm_source=Daily&utm_medium=Headline&utm_campaign=GTMDaily

New Report Says Wind Turbines Repay Their Energy Footprint in Just 5 to 8 Months: http://aweablog.org/blog/post/new-report-wind-turbines-repay-their-energy-footprint-in-5-to-8-months

Federal Government Still Spending Billions to Subsidize Fossil Fuels: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/fossil-fuel-subsidies_n_5572346.html?utm_hp_ref=green&ir=Green&utm_hp_ref=green

Storm clouds gathering over the solar industry? Good article and discussion at http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/06/storm-clouds-gathering-over-the-us-solar-industry#comment-132819

Look at this tiny, efficient place: Joe's Truck House. http://tinyhouseswoon.com/joes-truck-house/ Very well-designed and very cool!

Here's an interesting article about how solar power is cutting grid costs: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/04/how-solar-is-cutting-grid-costs?cmpid=WNL-Friday-May2-2014

How often should your clean your solar modules? http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/05/listen-up-how-often-should-i-clean-my-solar-panels?cmpid=SolarNL-Saturday-May31-2014

On a good day, Germany makes 74% of its power from renewables: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/13/3436923/germany-energy-records/

Cow poop makes clean water, natural gas and fertilizer: http://grist.org/list/crazy-contraption-turns-cow-poo-into-clean-water-fertilizer-and-natural-gas-ahem/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=update&utm_campaign=socialflow

The cost of coal keeps rising: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/23/1294126/-Duke-president-says-removing-toxic-ash-would-cost-10-billion-and-take-decades-which-is-too-much?detail=action

Electric vehicles and solar power- a great match: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/05/listen-up-buying-an-ev-and-charging-with-solar?cmpid=SolarNL-Saturday-May10-2014





"The things that unite us as a people are more important than the things that divide us. No particular interest group can prosper for long if the nation is disintegrating. Our agenda must be an agenda for all Americans – for the poor, the comfortable and those in between, for old and young, for black and white, for city dwellers and farmers, for men and women." -- John Gardner

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” -- Lauren DeStefano

"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing, after they tried everything else." -- Winston Churchill

"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please." --Mark Twain

"When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second; when you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity." --Albert Einstein

“Out of the long list of nature's gifts to man, none is perhaps so utterly essential to human life as soil.” -- Hugh Hammond Bennett

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” --J.K. Rowling

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” --William Faulkner

"The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt." -- Bertrand Russell,

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” --Samuel Butler

"Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible god and destroys a visible nature, unaware that the nature he's destroying is the god he's worshipping." --Hubert Reeves

"No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, no fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds - November!" --Thomas Hood

"If I'm ever reborn, I want to be a gardener—there's too much to do for one lifetime!" --Karl Foerster

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I believe that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade...and try to find someone who's life has given them vodka, and have a party." --Ron White


WHO WE ARE and ORDERING INFORMATION:  Chris Daum, owner and manager of Oasis Montana, has been in the renewable energy field for 25 years, and our system designers will help plan a system for your needs. Our staff offers 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:  Email or call us for your freight costs; if you have any questions about your system or product, please contact us. Email is easiest and fastest (but we know that you aren’t all online). We accept Visa/MasterCard (personal and business checks are fine). For our international customers, we accept bank transfers— email or call us for our banking information. Our summer hours (April through October) are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Mountain Time, Mon. – Thurs, 8 to 4 on Fridays. 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, but you may have to leave a message if we’re with a customer or on one of the other lines. Call 406-777-4321 or 4309 or email us at info@oasismontana.com.  For tech support on renewable energy systems, again, email us at info@oasismontana.com. We’d be very happy to help you with your power project — send an email or give us a call!



Thank you for your interest in Oasis Montana.  For more information go to http://www.oasismontana.com/, send us an email at info@oasismontana.com, or call us at 406-777-4321or 4309.  And feel free to share this newsletter with your friends; knowledge is POWER!


Greetings from our solar powered office!

In the event of a lengthy power outage, what are your critical loads?

With the presence of winter storms, hurricanes, tornados and aging grid infrastructure as part of daily life, many people are rethinking how reliable utility power really is, and we are getting more calls for back-up power for certain loads. Some of our customers just need to have power for charging their cell phones, Kindles, tablets or similar devices (and a couple of lights or a small TV for an hour or so); a small system for them might entail the following components:

System #1, small system: One ~300W solar module, 300W sine wave inverter, charge controller, 12V 55AH AGM battery, combiner enclosure with fuse, flush roof rack, panel output cable; $1449
For additional information on smallish, RV-type systems, visit http://www.oasismontana.com/RV_systems.html.

Other folks are concerned about losing their food if the grid goes down, so they’ll want to power their refrigerator and perhaps a freezer too. If your appliances are of more recent vintage, backing them up will cost much less than if they are older, less efficient models. An efficient refrigerator shouldn’t use much more than a kilowatthour a day, and a freezer might be in the ~1.5KWH range (but contact the manufacturer to be certain). A system to power those loads, plus a couple of lights, might entail these components:

System #2, medium system: (MS2812 Magnum inverter, 6 ~300W solar modules, 6X top of pole mount, Classic 200 MPPT charge controller, 4 L16 type batteries + cabling, battery monitor, interconnects, combiners and disconnects; $8700

If you don’t have city water, a common concern is powering your well pump. One can live without a lot of things but water is not one of them! And many deep well pumps are 240VAC; if you needed a backup power system to run your ½ HP 240VAC pump, say, one hour a day, plus extra power for a fridge and small loads, you might be looking at a system of this size:

System #3, large system: (Radian GS4048 – loaded, on a pre-wired power center that includes the charge controller, MATE3 system monitor, disconnects, etc., 12 – ~300W solar modules, 16 – L16 type batteries, pole mount, battery cabling = $14750

Costs do not include freight, installation, concrete footer for pole mounts, ground rod & clamp, and miscellaneous electrical widgets or wire runs.


Some people think solar modules are ugly – but I think they’re beautiful…and how wonderful it is to get electricity from sunlight!
And, you can enjoy saving money while saving the planet.


Are you looking at a stock watering project this year? Or you want power for a pump if the utility fails? Or perhaps you have a pond to fill, or fruit trees that need irrigating? A remote cabin? Contact us for all your remote water pumping needs; visit www.PVsolarpumps.com for more information.

If your only concern if the power goes out is water and you have a, say, 1.5 HP 240VAC pump, we can now run many of those pumps array direct whenever the sun is shining. So if you need water for irrigation or stock, this new PicoCell system might be just what you need. The PicoCell, from SunTech Drives, is now part of our line of quality solar products, and we look forward to the next generation of their solar evolution as the newer and more robust water pump solutions come on board. Being powerless doesn’t mean being waterless any more! Depending on your water pump make and model, we may have a solution for those times when the power is gone but the need for water exists and the sun is shining. Three-phase water pumps and motors under 2HP manufactured by Berkley, Franklin, Flint, Goulds, Grundfos, Myers and Wailing are all great candidates for using the new PicoCell from SunTech Drive to run your water pump while the sun is shining and conventional power is out. Single phase pumps up to 1HP from these same manufacturers, including Sta-Rite are able to operate effectively also. Call for more information or to see if your pump will work with a PicoCell. 406-777-4321

Cows LOVE solar water pumping!


We offer the Grundfos, SunRotor, Dankoff and Lorentz pump line, from submersible to surface pumps. And we can power your 240VAC pump too! 406-777-4321 for tech support on pump systems.


TAX SEASON is nearly upon us! If you had a solar power system installed and running by 31st December, 2017, you are eligible for a 30% tax credit of the cost of your solar module installation, less any state incentives or rebates. The 30% tax credit is still available through the end of 2019, so now the time is ripe for investment in the solar power system of your dreams. It is also available for certain types of solar thermal (hot water and space heating) systems. https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits/solar_energy_systems for the links about the federal tax credit; http://www.dsireusa.org for a state-by-state database of all renewable incentives; and https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf for the personal tax credit form. We are NOT tax experts, so when in doubt, consult your accountant or visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i5695?utm_source=Iron+Edison+Newsletter&utm_campaign=35a4413d23-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_eaf26bfcab-35a4413d23-135295541&mc_cid=35a4413d23&mc_eid=6d3c772416

OUTBACK POWER has a new charge controller, the FlexMax 100! This will allow for longer strings of solar modules and is fully NEC 2014 compliant with the Outback ICS Plus. It offers:

> a rainproof outdoor IP54/Type PR enclosure
> 100A output for up to 5KW of charging
> suitable for 24, 36 or 48V battery banks
> updated MPPT software algorithm means more power than other controllers
> up to 99% efficiency; LED indicators status display
> Five year warranty
> system configures quickly (MATE3S required)
> minimum battery bank size: 100ah
> had built in GFCI, field-replaceable cooling fan
> built in 128 days of data logging

You can view more information on this exciting new charge controller at http://www.outbackpower.com/outback-products/make-the-power/flexmax-series-charge-controllers/item/flexmax-100?category_id=531
Now available at a special introductory price of $1045 plus shipping (offer good til 4/30/18)



MNChinook 200 Wind Turbine Now Officially Available http://files.constantcontact.com/aaa32e00401/5cc9c46b-fd24-4c58-8538-64e359dee783.jpg
The Chinook 200 is now new and improved, a direct-drive micro-turbine designed for use in 12, 24 or 48 volt DC battery charging applications. Its attractive low-profile design, exceptional performance in low winds and low rotor acoustics, make this turbine the ideal choice for almost any application. It’s also very quiet, and mounts on a 1.5” Schedule 40 steel pipe.

The Chinook 200 can also work hand-in-hand with PV panels to ensure that power is being generated in all weather conditions; they can be charging the same battery bank, and are also suitable for marine use. The MidNite Chinook Diversion Load (CDL) is an integrated solution designed to prevent 12, 24 or 48 volt batteries from overcharging and is included with the Chinook 200. Compact and easy to install, the CDL incorporates a 300 Watt resistive heating element and controller board in a powder coated steel enclosure. $995 plus shipping includes its dump load controller. The output voltage is not field selectable and must be ordered for either 12V, 24V or 48V battery charging. Designed in Montana and still made in the USA, if you have good average wind speeds (10-12 mph+) you will find this to be an excellent addition to your battery charging scheme.



SOLAR PANELS: Despite the 30% import tariff on certain incoming solar modules, there are still a lot of good deals to be had.

NEO Solar Power 360W Mono 72 cell, Tier 1 module Vmp 39.01V Imp 9.23A 77” x 35”, pallet quantity is 30; minimum order quantity is 10. Cost is $309 per module in pallet quantities.

MightyMax Solar 150W 12V nominal modules, 24/pallet, Vmp 17.7V Imp 8.47A 39.’” X 39”, cost is $215 each in pallet quantities.

Hanwha QCells Black Q.Peak G4.1 295W Vmp 32.19V Imp 9.17A 65.7” x 39.4”, minimum quantity 4, cost $269 each

Canadian Solar MaxPower CS6U-325P (poly), 325W, Vmp 37V Imp 8.78A 77.2” x 39.1”, minimum quantity 4, cost $298 each

LG Mono 330E1C-A5 330W AC module (includes Enphase IQ6+Micro-inverter) 66.38” x 40”, minimum quantity 4, $555 each (max string 13 of these AC modules)

SolarWorld Plus SW300 Mono 300W Vmp 32.6V Imp 9.31A 65.95” x 39.4”, minimum quantity 4, $360 each

GLC 325W Multicrystalline Vmp 37.6V Imp 8.64A, 77” x 39.05”, 26 per pallet, cost is $269 each in pallet quantities.

We can also source a variety of other solar products including Trina, ET Solar, Yingle, Jinko, Csun, etc.
Many of our suppliers have a substantial fee for less than pallet quantities.


Yes it’s finally SPRING and we are offering our gorgeous indigenous corn seed to you for the price of postage. An ounce is about 100 seeds and (since the P.O. considers this a ‘package’), cost to mail you about 1.5 ounces is $1.21

No power is no problem with our gas refrigerators – now featuring the new economical HOMESTEADER line by Diamond

The manufacturers of the Diamond propane gas refrigerators are now offering a non-CSA certified offering available as a refrigerator/freezer unit in 19 cu.ft. and 21 cu.ft. capacities. While this means we cannot ship these to Canada, their cooling performance is not compromised in any fashion – in fact these have the same identical cooling unit as those installed in the Diamond gas fridges of the same size. These are some of the finest performing gas absorption units in the industry. Both sizes will be offered in the popular white, black and also stainless steel finishes, and they are less costly than most other models in the full size range. Here are the specifications:

19 cu.ft. Homesteader





Our customer Rick Freeman from southern California swaps out his old batteries for new to re-charge his PV system.
These 6V batteries weigh about 110 lbs. each.



  • “Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.”
    --Gustav Mahler

  • "We have to prepare our cities for the increasing scarcity of resources by increasing their density and energy efficiency." -- Mathis Wackernagel

  • "Saying that you don't care about privacy because you got nothing to hide is no different than saying that you don't care about freedom of speech because you got nothing to say."
    --Edward Snowden

  • “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”
     --William Shakespeare

  • "In reality, studies show that investments to spur renewable energy and boost energy efficiency generate far more jobs than oil and coal."
    --Jeff Goodell

  • “Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.”

  • “At the end of the day, no amount of investing, no amount of clean electrons, no amount of energy efficiency will save the natural world if we are not paying attention to it - if we are not paying attention to all the things that nature give us for free: clean air, clean water, breathtaking vistas, mountains for skiing, rivers for fishing, oceans for sailing, sunsets for poets, and landscapes for painters. What good is it to have wind-powered lights to brighten the night if you can't see anything green during the day? Just because we can't sell shares in nature doesn't mean it has no value.”
    --Thomas Friedman

  • “Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
    --Leo Tolstoy

  • "As the saying goes, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions. The same opportunity lies before us with energy efficiency and clean energy."
    --Steven Chu

  • “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” --Robert H. Schuller

  • "Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us."
    -- President Theodore Roosevelt

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