NorthWestern Energy - PV Rebate Program (Montana)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Montana

Name NorthWestern Energy - PV Rebate Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Residential
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 4.00/W (peak DC), up to 8,000

Maximum Incentive 65 systems installed over five years

Program Administrator National Center for Appropriate Technology
Date added to DSIRE 2003-04-04
Last DSIRE Review 2006-09-28

References DSIRE[1]


NorthWestern Energy electric distribution customers may qualify for a rebate of $4.00 per watt (peak DC) for the installation of a solar electric system, up to a maximum of $8,000 per customer. Under this solar electric rebate program, rebates are available for grid-tied photovoltaic systems only. This program is administered by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) using funds collected from NorthWestern Energy's electric customers as part of the NorthWestern Energy's Universal Systems Benefits (USB) program.

To be eligible for the rebate, the system components and installation must conform to NorthWestern Energy specifications and meet all current local and state electrical and safety code requirements. The system must be net metered by NorthWestern Energy.

Applications must be submitted to NCAT on or before April 23, 2004. NCAT will evaluate and qualify all complete applications.

Participants systems must be inspected by a state or city electrical inspector. All participants must provide a signed net metering agreement to NorthWestern Energy.

The photovoltaic rebate program is in its fifth year and, to date, has installed 65 systems on Montana homes.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Ray Schott
Department National Center for Appropriate Technology

Address 3040 Continental Drive

Place Butte, Montana
Zip/Postal Code 59701
Phone (866) 723-8677


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"