NorthWestern Energy - USB Renewable Energy Fund (Montana)
Last modified on December 17, 2014.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||NorthWestern Energy - USB Renewable Energy Fund|
|Incentive Type||Utility Rebate Program|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Industrial, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Photovoltaics, Wind, Hydroelectric|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Amount|| Residential PV: 2,000/customer|
Commercial PV: 0.50/watt
|Equipment Requirements||Residential PV systems must by 2 kW|
|Installation Requirements||Must use qualified installer|
|Maximum Incentive|| Commercial PV: 25,000|
|Program Administrator||NorthWestern Energy|
|References||DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency|
NorthWestern Energy (NWE), formerly Montana Power Company, periodically provides funding to its customers for renewable energy projects. In 1997, Montana established the Universal System Benefits (USB) program. The USB legislation requires all electric and gas utilities to establish USB funds for low-income energy assistance, weatherization, energy efficiency activities, and development of renewable energy resources. A typical NorthWestern Energy residential customer pays approximately $1 per month in electric USB charges. About $9 million is collected annually by NorthWestern, and about $1.2 million is used for renewable energy projects.
Most renewable energy projects include a public education or demonstration component to increase awareness of renewable energy. Residential solar PV incentives are available at a fixed rate of $2,000 per customer. The smallest residential system size supported is 2 kilowatts (kW). Commercial solar PV incentives are $0.50/watt, with a maximum of $25,000 per customer. The largest commercial system size supported is fifty kW. The incentive for wind is $2/watt to a maximum of $10,000 per customer.
In order for a customer to receive the funds, the work must be completed by a NorthWestern Energy qualified dealer or installer, as directed by NorthWestern Energy's qualification requirements. Off-grid installations inside NWE's service territory are not eligible for USB funds.
|Contact Name||June Pusich-Lester|
|Address||40 East Broadway|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.