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!
 

Solar Water Purification: In this day and age of smart phones and gadgets, people often lose sight of what is really important. We may not need the latest electronic toys, but we all have a basic need for clean, potable water. Oasis Montana is partnering with our supplier to provide pumping and purification systems for disaster relief, remote homes, villages, schools and clinics--wherever the need arises. Please visit http://www.oasismontana.com/genpro_solar_water_purification.html  and http://www.PVsolarpumps.com for more information, and do not hesitate to contact us with the particulars of your water project.

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NEWSLETTER INDEX:

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Importance Of Keeping Track of Your System! So, congratulations! You are the proud owner of a solar power system...you're either powering your off-grid home, or perhaps you have a grid-tie system, and you are lowering or even negating your utility bill. Hooray! But, before you get too carried away, there are some things to consider. For starters, make sure your system is insured. A call to your insurance company is in order; like any other valued home improvement, you should have protection against theft, vandalism, or weather damage. Next, document your system. Keep track of the serial numbers of all components--solar modules, inverters, controllers, etc. All have identifying numbers on them. If you need any servicing or repairs down the line, this information will help you get the repair/replacement parts or components you need (or troubleshooting advice) much more swiftly. Keep all wiring diagrams, tech manuals, and serial numbers in a safe place. Finally, it may be worth your while, if you are not technically inclined, to schedule a yearly check-up from your installer; he/she will ascertain that all your components are working smoothly and within the proper technical parameters.

And, if you are looking for the latest tax credits or grants in your state, you can always visit www.dsireusa.org, and the form for the residential tax credit can be found at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf.

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Did you know that the solar power industry is installing a PV system in the U.S. every 4 minutes? http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/america-installs-a-solar-system-every-four-minutes
for the story!

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SUNDANZER, an established name in quality, reliable DC appliances, offers a new, larger DC freezer, using only 800 watt-hours a day at temps of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The capacity is 14.7 cu.ft. (390 liters), and it will operate off a 12V or 24V power system. It can also run off two 140W solar modules in most climates.

Cost is $1549 plus shipping. For more information on the SunDanzer 390L, visit http://www.eco-fridge.com/sundanzer390Lchstfrzr.html, and for information on our other efficient goods, visit www.eco-fridge.com.


Sundanzer 390L chest freezer
 
 

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New! AC SOLAR MODULES FROM BENQ. We are into our second installation of this exciting new technology, using solar modules that are 240VAC nominal, 225W (and up) rated power output (and with an industry standard, 25-year, 80% power warranty rating). The integrated microinverter converts DC to AC in each module, increasing system performance by up to 25%, reducing shade losses and making the PV system safer to install and own. These BenQ modules are installed, monitored, and maintained with ease! They are the first UL-certified AC Module on the market, with more AC modules sold than any in the industry. Call or email us for more information on this exciting new solar product. $575 each plus shipping.

Installation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDg2OxcUJPg&feature=plcp.  For a side-by-side comparison of conventional modules and the new AC offerings, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMLvhKSbwZ0&feature=plcp.

solar modules


Oasis Montana's newly installed BenQ residential system in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley (Thanks, Mick!)
 

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Bergey's Excel 1 residential wind generator and its controller make a Classic combination! Bergey's 1KW wind generator has teamed up with Midnite Solar's Classic charge controller for a wind-charging system that offers field-selectable voltages of 12V, 24V, or 48V for your battery bank. If you live in a site with a good average wind speed (10-12 mph or preferably greater), you may find the addition of a wind charging system will really help keep your batteries 'fat.' You can view information about the Excel 1 at http://bergey.com/products/wind-turbines/bergey-excel-1, and for installation information, visit http://bergey.com/technical. Cost of the Excel 1, its charge controller, and a 60 ft. tilt-up tower kit currently comes to $6099 plus freight.

Find wind maps at http://www.nrel.gov/gis/wind.html and at http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/wind_maps_none.asp.


 

Energy News Bites:

*   Jellyfish never stopped a solar power system: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/02/world/europe/sweden-jellyfish-nuclear-shutdown/index.html?eref=edition

*   650,000 solar modules declared a fire risk (not all solar modules are created equal! Watch out for the bargain stuff): http://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/650000_solar_panels_declared_fire_risk_2356

*   Solar decathalon: see the contestants and their projects: http://www.altenergymag.com/emagazine/2013/10/solar-decathlon-2013/2140

*  Prompt reporting of ND oil spill? It doesn't seem so: http://news.msn.com/us/nd-farmer-finds-oil-spill-while-harvesting-wheat?GT1=51501

*  Flying wind turbines (high altitude), a very interesting concept: http://www.skywindpower.com/science_generators.htm

*  The air we breathe is the most widespread environmental carcinogen: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/10/most-widespread-environmental-carcinogen-air-we-breathe/7301/

*  Three reasons Germans are going renewable at all costs: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/10/3-reasons-germans-are-going-renewable-at-all-costs?cmpid=WNL-Friday-October25-2013

Deep Purple Song? PV on the water and fire in the skies….A floating solar array in Japan: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/11/running-out-of-precious-land-floating-solar-pv-systems-may-be-a-solution?cmpid=WNL-Friday-November8-2013

*  Is an oil crash is on its way? http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22029415.700-an-oil-crash-is-on-its-way-and-we-should-be-ready.html#.Un0rAyfJJSE

*  Grow crops under a PV array….they are doing it in Japan: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/10/japan-next-generation-farmers-cultivate-agriculture-and-solar-energy?cmpid=WNL-Friday-October11-2013
 

*  Energy Independence Act costing less than naysayers warned: http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2022102890_daviddanneropedrenewableenergy23xml.html

*  Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Outstrip Climate Aid Fivefold: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-20/fossil-fuel-subsidies-outstrip-climate-aid-fivefold.html

*  Wind Energy Slashes Climate and Air Pollution, Saves Water: http://www.environmentamerica.org/news/ame/wind-energy-slashes-climate-and-air-pollution-saves-water

*  Just 90 Companies Are Responsible for Two-Thirds of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: http://grist.org/climate-energy/just-90-companies-are-responsible-for-two-thirds-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions/?utm_source=feedly

*  Buy a portable hydro-electric generator: http://www.gizmag.com/hydrobee-portable-hydroelectric-generator/29839/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=be274dd464-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-be274dd464-76674417
 

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WHO WE ARE and ORDERING INFORMATION:  Chris Daum, owner and manager of Oasis Montana, has been in the renewable energy field for 24 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!

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QUOTABLE QUOTES: 

"I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up - they have no holidays."  ―Henny Youngman

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”  ―Albert Camus

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”  ―Martin Luther King Jr.

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”  ―Mother Teresa

"The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can."  ―Giada De Laurentiis

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”  ―Black Elk

"I celebrate everyone's religious holidays. if it's good enough for the righteous, it's good enough for the self-righteous, I always say."  ―Bette Midler

“Each age has deemed the new-born year, the fittest time for festal cheer.”  ―Walter Scott

"The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory."  ―Gary Zukav

"Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer."  ―Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
 

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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.


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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.


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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

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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)

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NEW PRODUCT FEATURE

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

QUOTABLE QUOTES:

  • “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.”
    --Virgil

  • “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