The Emerson Center for Arts and Culture has been an important community and business institution in Bozeman since its formation in 1992. Originally a school built in 1916, the expansive facility is home to scores of artists, galleries, fine dining, small businesses, event spaces, and the 727 seat Crawford theatre.

Tim Crawford, a long time supporter of The Emerson, and a local leader in renewable energy, spearheaded a project to add a large scale solar array onto the building’s rooftop. Through a generous contribution from Mr. Crawford’s own Pheasant Farms, LLC, initial development of the Emerson solar array got under way in May of 2014.

The resulting 110 panel system covers the entire south facing theater roof and produces over 30 kWs of peak power. With the energy cost offset from the solar electric system, the Emerson will be able to re-invest the savings to help further expand their mission for years to come.