NorthWestern Energy - PV Systems for Fire Stations (Montana)
Last modified on May 23, 2011.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||NorthWestern Energy - PV Systems for Fire Stations|
|Incentive Type||Utility Rebate Program|
|Applicable Sector||Fire Stations in NorthWestern Energy Territory|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Amount||100% of system cost|
|Maximum Incentive||12 systems installed|
|Program Administrator||National Center for Appropriate Technology|
|Date added to DSIRE||2003-04-10|
|Last DSIRE Review||2005-03-31|
Since 2003, as part of NorthWestern Energy’s Fire Station Solar Electric Demonstration project, twelve Montana fire stations have each received a 2-kW photovoltaic system, at no cost. The systems are grid-tied and include batteries and performance-monitoring components.
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. The stations accept full ownership of the system and full responsibility for system maintenance. Participating stations must fully insure the system against damage for a 20-year period. No additional funding will be available from NCAT or NorthWestern Energy after the system is installed and operational.
The primary objectives of this project are:
- to allow stations to generate their own electricity utilizing renewable energy resources; - to provide community demonstrations of PV systems at work; and - to provide the stations with un-interruptible power supply.
Participating stations must host an Open House within six months of installation and host at least one Open House per year for six years to educate the broader community about how the system works. Open Houses will be advertised in local newspapers with public service announcements, as well as posted on the appropriate Internet websites.
|Contact Name||John Walden|
|Department||National Center for Appropriate Technology|
|Address||3040 Continental Drive|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.