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

Fall-Winter 2020 Oasis Montana Newsletter Index


Happy autumn and greetings from our solar powered office.




What a crazy year this had been!

Between the COVID19 and the election season, it seem like it’s madness and chaos everywhere.  Still, we have been busy here at Oasis Montana, trying to meet the demand for clean solar power for our customers.  Our supply chains are generally intact, although we are seeing some price fluctuations and severely extended lead times on certain items.  In the U.S., there’s still a 26% federal tax credit available through the end of this year; in 2021, it will drop to 22% and in 2022 there will be a 10% tax credit for commercial systems only.  If you’ve been thinking about going solar, now is the time.





We have access to a variety of solar modules. Availability is tenuous, due to end-of-year projects and import tariffs, but if you are trying to get your project finished by December 31st, here are some options, available at this writing. Module type and availability is always changing, but call us for the latest information.

Mission Solar 320W Mono 60 cell, black frame, black backsheet, $223
Mission Solar 385W Mono 72 Cell, silver frame, white backsheet, $255 These are American manufactured, high quality, 25 year limited power and product warranty.
Phono Solar 315W Mono 60 cell, $157
Axitech 320W 120 cell Mono $162 German engineered for American systems

Canadian Solar 355W, 72 cell, pallet quantities only, $159 per module
Trina 395W bi-facial, 72 cell, pallet quantities only, $209 per module

Tesla (by Panasonic), 330W, 96 cell, pallet quantities only, $220 per module

Please call for availability or lead times! 406-777-4321





Our appliance supply line has been hurt of late, between COVID19 and the import tariffs on steel and aluminum.  Many of the cabinets for the larger gas freezers simply are not available in this country at present – but we do have a new kid on the block, the CC9 propane freezer by Crystal Cold.  Our suppliers have listened to you requests for a chest model gas freezer.  The CC9 is $2449 plus shipping, nine cu.ft. capacity.  Outside dimensions, 41.5"L x 33"W x 40"H, inside dimensions 32.25"L x 17.5"W x 26"H, 1788 BTUs; using a max of 1.5 lbs of propane per 24 hours.  Call for a shipping quote on this new model.  The least costly freight deal is if this can ship to a freight terminal, or to a business near you (on the beaten path) that has a forklift.  For a residential delivery, there must be room for a big truck to get on and out, paved all the way, so residential deliveries are not available in all locations due to access issues.  Features on the CC9 include a battery-driven interior light and an exterior thermostat. Call for your freight on this new gas freezer! 406-777-4309


The Lithium Battery Technology is changing the renewable energy horizon. Exciting times!
New low price; USA designed and manufactured.  $2649 each (before freight) for the 75ah 48V battery, or 151ah 24V battery.


The Growth Through Agriculture Program is accepting loan and grant applications through November 30th, 2020. It’s been established by the Montana Legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana’s agricultural industry through the development of new products and processes. Examples of eligible project activities involve equipment purchases, construction costs, advertising and promotion, and consultant services for engineering. Visit the official state website at https://agr.mt.gov/GTA; if you think you might qualify, it is suggested you start your application process as soon as possible. Good luck!


Cool new paint can reduce need for air conditioning and save electricity: https://anthropocenemagazine.org/2020/04/cool-new-paint-could-bring-down-temperatures-in-building-and-cars/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cool-new-paint-could-bring-down-temperatures-in-building-and-cars

The truth about fossil fuel subsidies:  https://truthout.org/articles/fossil-fuels-already-get-billions-in-bailouts-theyre-called-subsidies/

People in quarantine are seeking solar power:  https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/05/12/people-in-quarantine-are-searching-for-solar-power/?utm_source=pv+magazine+USA&utm_campaign=b91f5a52e0-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_80e0d17bb8-b91f5a52e0-155454613

What's it going to take?  Looking to the future of renewables.       https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/05/14/overbuilding-solar-at-up-to-4-times-peak-load-yields-a-least-cost-all-renewables-grid/?utm_source=pv+magazine+USA&utm_campaign=7166e93613-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_80e0d17bb8-7166e93613-155454613

Imagine two cents a kilowatthour solar:  https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/05/19/sunny-places-could-see-average-solar-prices-of-0-01-or-0-02-per-kilowatt-hour-within-15-years/?utm_source=pv+magazine+USA&utm_campaign=184a147f6a-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_80e0d17bb8-184a147f6a-155454613

Integrating agriculture and solar energy production:  https://www.pv-magazine-india.com/2020/05/27/integrating-agriculture-and-solar-energy-production/?utm_source=pv+magazine+USA&utm_campaign=72df613c04-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_80e0d17bb8-72df613c04-155454613

The racial inequality in clean energy and how to fight it.  https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10062020/inside-clean-energy-racial-inequity-solar?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202020-06-18%20Utility%20Dive%20Renewable%20Energy%20%5Bissue:28024%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive:%20Renewable%20Energy

Check this out – you can ‘convert’ anything here (unit converter):  https://www.easyunitconverter.com/ 

Drinking water from…air?  https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200617005708/en/Zero-Mass-Water-Raises-50-Million-Scale

More renewables bypassing natural gas bridge and going straight to renewables:  https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/07/01/more-utilities-bypassing-natural-gas-bridge-and-going-straight-to-renewables/?utm_source=pv+magazine+USA&utm_campaign=916c40a3cc-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_80e0d17bb8-916c40a3cc-155454613

A time lapse video of our sun – 10 years worth in one hour:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=36&v=l3QQQu7QLoM&feature=emb_logo

Biden-Sanders task force place to install 500 million solar modules in the U.S. in the next five years: https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/07/10/biden-sanders-task-force-calls-for-installing-500-million-solar-modules-in-next-five-years/

Wealthy Americans are the least efficient:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/21/rich-americans-homes-greenhouse-gasses-energy?utm_term=82de143b497d9d2db420e03423dd75de&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=GTUS_email

Less pollution = more solar power:  https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2020/07/the-covid-lockdowns-effect-on-solar-installations-are-a-silver-lining/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-covid-lockdowns-effect-on-solar-installations-are-a-silver-lining

Can you mix lithium and lead-acid batteries?  Probably not…  https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2020/08/can-you-mix-lithium-and-lead-acid-batteries-on-an-energy-storage-project/?spMailingID=29482&puid=360293&E=360293&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=29482

Simple paint job on wind turbines saves birds:  https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2020/09/a-simple-paint-job-can-save-birds-from-wind-turbines/

How does your state stack up on clean energy?  https://www.cebn.org/clean-energy-50-state-rankings/?emci=ec8f503f-36ff-ea11-96f5-00155d03affc&emdi=2d93d180-7dff-ea11-96f5-00155d03affc&ceid=3959210

What are solar modules made of?  https://ae-solar.com/what-pv-modules-made-of/


  • “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” 
    --B.B. King
  • “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” 
    – Plato
  •  “The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them into cider.” 
    --Jane Hirschfield
  •  “When questioned by an anthropologist on what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian simply said, “Ours.” 
    --Vine Deloria Jr.
  •  “There’s not a thing wrong with the ideals and mechanisms outlined and the liberties set forth in the Constitution of the United States. The only problem was that the founders left a lot of people out of the Constitution. They left out poor people and black people and female people. It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. And it still goes on today.”
    --Molly Ivins
  • “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” 
    --George Jean Nathan
  •  “One thing I believe profoundly: We make our own history. The course of history is directed by the choices we make, and our choices grow out of the ideas, the beliefs, the values and dreams of the people. It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as the much more powerful influence of the combined voice of the people themselves.” 
    --Eleanor Roosevelt
  •  “I’m cynical about society, politics, newspapers, government. But I’m not cynical about life, love, goodness, death.” 
    --John Lennon
  •  “How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” 
    --John Burrows

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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