Oasis Montana Inc. – who we are and what we do.

Published on Tue, 12/15/2009 - 11:35am

Celebrating our 10th year in business, Oasis Montana Inc. is a locally owned and operated business that specializes in renewable energy system supply and design, offering equipment for remote homes, grid-tied, RV, marine, UPS, emergency back-up, telecommunications, and solar water pumping systems. We also offer a line of efficient AC/DC appliances, and non-electric gas refrigerators, freezers, cooktops and stoves. Oasis Montana is located between Hamilton and Missoula in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. While most of our business is in the U.S. we do have happy customers with power systems (and related equipment) all over the world.
The president of the company, Chris Daum, has been in the renewable energy field since 1989, with experience in sales, system design, shipping and marketing.  The Oasis Montana location in Stevensville, MT, is on utility power, but has a wind/solar power system for the office equipment and its efficient refrigerator. Mark Dickson, in technical sales, lives off-grid in a hydro powered home, and has a background in renewables and hydrology. Mark has his own installation business for local systems, Simple Power, and works in conjunction with Oasis Montana to assist local customers. And also in technical sales is Brad Stevens, who lives off-grid in a straw bale house of his own construction, powered by photovoltaic modules. You can reach our technicians at 406-777-4321 or toll-free at 877-627-4778.
Our goal is to help people enjoy the benefits of clean, green power systems; the custom design of our systems is part of every power project, with technical support for the lifetime of your system. We customize each system for your project needs to help achieve your solar dream for home or business.
Just what is a grid-tied PV system? It’s a PV (photovoltaic) system interacting with the utility, and can be with or without batteries, that utilizes a relatively new breed of inverters that can sell any excess produced by your solar array to the utility grid. These systems are easy to install and since some do not have batteries for back-up, the lack of batteries in these systems means no messy maintenance or replacements to worry about (and they are less expensive than a battery-based system).  The solar modules can be mounted on your roof or out in the yard (in full, unobscured sunlight) where they sit quietly generating power that you can either use directly or sell back to the utility company. If you have frequent power outages, you may wish to have a battery based system; when the power is on and your batteries fully charged, excess power can be fed back into the utility, but if the power goes out, you will have electricity for your important loads (for as many days as you have battery back-up). If you are interested in more information about these kinds of systems, visit our web page at www.grid-tie.com.
If you have an off-grid home, or have acquired remote land many miles (and dollars) from your local utility, we can help you! You can find system sizing information, load evaluation data and example systems on our web site at www.oasismontana.com. Or give us a call toll-free at 877-627-4778 and speak to one of our sales technicians about your power project. We will design a reliable, turnkey system to meet your power requirements.
If you have an undeveloped well and thirsty cattle, solar water pumping is one of our main specialties. Whether you are utilizing remote pastures, moving water between ponds, protecting riparian areas or just trying to keep a stock tank filled without access to AC power, fill out the questionnaire at www.PVsolarpumps.com and we’ll propose a system to meet your water requirements. 
Using efficient appliances is the key to a more energy frugal lifestyle. It is much more cost-effective to try to power efficient appliances versus the older energy-hog models; it is said every dollar spent on efficiency will save three to five dollars in the cost of your power system.   So whether or not you are ‘going solar’ or simply trying to keep a lid on your electric bill, you will save energy dollars by utilizing Energy Star rated and other efficient appliances. For our electric refrigerator (AC and DC) information, visit www.eco-fridge.com, and for gas refrigerators, freezers, and stoves that require no electricity, www.LPappliances.com is the place to go. Note: the appliances ship out of the midwest, direct from the manufacturer or importer (and are not stocked locally).
Oasis Montana Inc., 436 Red Fox Lane, Stevensville, MT 59870   406-777-4309, fax 406-777-0830, e-mail: info@oasismontana.com