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


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.





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.


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!


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


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.

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


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


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!



"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


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!


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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, give us a call or visit (insert New Picocell PDF here, which should be on the solar pumping page so perhaps a link from this to there would be smart).
Call us 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.

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.


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 crossingPower line down at river crossing, often local power production is more dependable
or maybe
Sometimes utility power is at the mercy of the elements,
as shown by these downed power lines in a flooding Montana river.

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!


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


Height of Cabinet

66.63" (169 cm)

Height to Hinge Cap

67.13" (171 cm)


21.25" (54 cm)

Width with Door Open

22.0" (56 cm)


23.25" (59 cm)

Depth with door at 90°

43.0" (109 cm)


8.9 cu.ft. (252 L)

Defrost Type



Stainless Steel



US Electrical Safety


Canadian Electrical Safety


Energy Usage/Year





115 V AC/60 Hz


110.0 lbs. (50 kg)

Shipping Weight

115.0 lbs. (52 kg)

Parts & Labor Warranty

1 Year

Compressor Warranty

5 Years

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.

Renewable Energy News Bites

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.” 

“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.” 

“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



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