NorthWestern Energy is Montana’s primary investor owned utility company, serving approximately 364,000 customers. The Bozeman Solar Project marks the first step into NorthWestern Energy’s recent commitment to invest $3 million dollars into community based renewable energy projects. While NorthWestern bears the cost of the $1 million dollar Bozeman Solar Project, other key partners include the City of Bozeman and Montana State University.
A well-experienced design/build team was assembled, which included Third Element, OnSite Energy, Redleaf Engineering, and RBI Solar. With a focus on high-quality equipment, installation integrity, construction efficiency, and professional system commissioning, the project was completed on schedule and on budget in late October of 2016. The project was funded by NorthWestern Energy as a partnership with the City of Bozeman. Covering 2.5 acres and incorporating 1,152 solar modules, the “Bozeman Solar Project” will produce enough energy to offset the annual consumption of 60 average Montana homes.