Oasis Montana Inc.
Renewable Energy Supply and Design
406-777-4321or 4309
e-mail: info@oasismontana.com
Home Page: www.oasismontana.com

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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


TWENTY FIVE YEARS! Oasis Montana got its official start in January of 1999, with the desire to provide good service and quality solar components (and also a line of efficient appliances). Wow, it’s been a good ride and gone by pretty fast. We have survived ups and downs, personnel changes, and other suppliers and distributors coming and going. But we’re still here, and looking to the sunny future. We thank all of our good customers who have helped us along the way – from Hawaii to Maine, from the Yukon to Belize, from Ireland to Mumbai to Okinawa – we couldn’t have done it without you!


Let’s jump into some renewable & related news for starters:

Silvopasture:  (TheGuardian.com)

Various energy generators and bird deaths:  (sciencedirect.com)

Texas heat wave and renewables:  (TheGuardian.com)

Mining much-needed metals from…volcanoes?  (TheGuardian.com)

What’s missing in U.S. solar policy?  (pv-magazine-usa.com)

Chinese renewables and human rights abuses:  (SolarDaily.com)

Hydro resources threatened by age and climate change.  (hydroreview.com)

Thought-provoking article on solar monitoring systems. 

“We are damned fools” – James Hansen: (cleantechnica.com)

Hops for beer, sun for power:  (APnews.com)

Smokescreen for fossil fuels?  (pv-magazine-usa.com) 

Civility and EV charging:  (CleanTechnica.com) 

Off-shore wind development and wildlife (no whales harmed!):  (CleanTechnica.com)

More battery options available.  Here’s the latest. 
(op-ed by Larry Keogh)

Pytes Battery and BIG Battery provide the benefits of an Energy Storage System tailored to your needs. I recently installed an equivalent 480Ahr FLA (flooded lead-acid) battery with a Pytes LFP Battery that measured 16”H, 29”L, 21”W. This “battery” comes in a nice looking frame and weighs in at just over 300# (that is, three 100 lb. batteries). These can be stored in a dwelling, don’t outgas like flooded lead-acid batteries, and have a Battery Management System (BMS) that does all the thinking for you.  Imagine reducing the footprint of your existing battery, and removing your exercised diligence in monitoring your system.         

Stack of three Pytes batteries

Stack of 3 PYTES

Rhino Big Battery

BIG Battery "Rhino"

While the dollar amount for initial purchase is slightly more for the LiFePo4 batteries, the cost per day of use (cycle) is about 70% less than flooded-lead acid batteries – so, cheaper in the long run.

Pytes Battery and Big Battery are both LiFePo4 batteries that have similar characteristics. They both have high thermal crossover points; these are the safest battery to have in a structure (home, garage, equipment shed…), are light weight and can be mounted on a cart to move them around. These are the latest evolution in energy storage, and they have a sleek, modern look. These offer a complete system that is remarkably affordable and one that will outperform FLA’s with increased depth of discharge plus a warranty of over 6000 cycles. When it’s time to update your energy storage system, or if you have questions, give us a call to see if we have a viable solution in replacing your FLA’s with LiFePo4 Batteries. 406-777-4321.


 Sale on propane or natural gas stoveNo power is no problem! This classic Hotpoint model # RGBS200DMWW comes set up for natural gas, but everything’s included if you want to convert it for propane use. $699 plus shipping until March 1st, 2024.

Dimensions 44.75”H x 30”W x 28.75D, this (white only) model has four sealed burners with BTU ranging from 5000, 9500 and 12,500. Cooktop burner grates are heavy steel and broiler drawer drops down and slides out. A 9V battery provides for its electronic ignition. Need more information? Call or e-mail info@oasismontana.com. This sale pricing good through March 1st.


Narrow stainless steel, energy star refrigerator

Beautiful Energy Star rated 11 cu.ft. refrigerator, model FFBF235PL; slim 24” footprint with fingerprint-resistant steel door finish; frost-free. Sale price: $899 plus shipping until March 1st. Dimensions: 72.5”H x 23.5”W x 23.25”D (25.75” with handle). Uses just over one kwh per day and offers bottom mount freezer, adjustable glass shelves. Doors may be rehung on either side, but specify when ordering. Need more information? We have it! Call or e-mail us, info@oasismontana.com

How about a 110-120VAC wall oven? No special wiring needed for this attractive 35” x 24” x 24.5”D electric wall oven; model #TEM715DK will look great in your new or remodeled kitchen; $849 plus shipping.

Need more information – just let us know! info@oasismontana.com

wall oven

We are dealers for several appliance distributors and manufacturers, so if you are looking for something specific, let us know and we will try and find what you seek. While our main goal is to offer Energy Star refrigerators, we can deliver many other possibilities. ADA compliant? No problem. Wall ovens? Microwaves? Wine refrigerators? Beer kegerators? Range hoods…icemakers…under-counter refrigerators…cooktops…minibars…? We have access to many, many kinds of appliances. Just let us know – info@oasismontana.com

Still more RE+ News:

Serious solar calculator:  (SunCalc.org) 

Is your beach safe for swimming?  (EnvironmentAmerica.org)

Hydrogen fuel possibilities: (CleanTechnica.com) 

Extreme heat makes for costly electricity (CleanTechnica.com)

Keeping cool without AC:  (TheGuardian.com)

Biden administration opposes climate action  (CleanTechnica.com)

How much power is a gigawatt?   (CleanTechnica.com)

Not all lithium-ion batteries are dangerous.  (pv-magazine-usa.com)

Solar water desalination make a leap forward (pv-magazine-usa.com)

Chicken feathers and hydrogen: (CleanTechnica.com)

Thinking of buying an EV?  Here’s information about that tax credit:  (CNN.com)

The wealthiest pollute the absolute most (TheGuardian.com)

Why rural folks are or aren’t adopting renewable energy:  (CNET.com)


New pole mounted solar modules in California from Oasis Montana Inc

Our customer in Northern California, Todd C. (a retired solar installer), replaced his twelve nearly dead, ancient Shell 80W solar modules with four 370W modules, on the same mounting rack, and let’s just say he’s quite pleased with the result!  And these newer modules were considerably more cost-effective than his old ones.

Check your old module output – perhaps your system is in need of an upgrade?


Quotable quotes

Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave. – Frederick Douglass

There is but one thing of real value — to cultivate truth & justice, and to live without anger in the midst of lying & unjust men. -- Marcus Aurelius

The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity. – George Carlin

When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you. – Ruby Bridges

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. – B.B. King

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. --Albert Camus

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. – H.G. Wells

I do not fear death. I was dead for billions and billions of years of years, before I was born, and I had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it. – Mark Twain

We wouldn’t have so many needy if we didn’t have so many greedy. – Unknown

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. – Pable Picasso

I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth. — Stephen Hawking

Christmas: It’s the only religious holiday that’s also a federal holiday. That way, Christians can go to their services, and everyone else can sit at home and reflect on the true meaning of the separation of church and state. – Samantha Bee

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. — Frédéric Bastiat (French economist)

There is little chance that North America will develop a functional land ethic until it finds a way to overcome its irrational addiction to profit. – Thomas King

Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up or speak out, we strike a blow against freedom, decency and justice. – Robert F. Kennedy

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