Common answers to your questions

Yes, solar energy is a viable option in Montana. While Montana does experience cold winters and varying weather conditions, solar panels can still generate electricity throughout the year, even in cloudy or snowy conditions. Net metering allows for summer sun to be saved for winter loads. 

Yes, while Montana no longer offers the Residential Alternative Energy System Tax Credit, recent Federal legislation extended the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) until 2033  which is applicable to most homeowners.   Grants also exist for non-profits and agricultural applications.  We can help you navigate these options to maximize your savings.

The size of your solar system depends on your energy needs, available roof space, and budget. Our team will perform  a solar assessment to recommend the ideal system size to meet your specific requirements. We are always looking for the confluence of quality, economics and functionality. 

Your savings will depend on various factors, including your current energy usage, the size of your solar installation, and available incentives. On average, homeowners in Montana can save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of their solar panels. On any specific home or business design, the most you can save is the avoided cost of buying electricity.  Net metering allows for 100% credit of your usage but nothing more.  

Net metering allows you to earn credits for excess electricity your solar system produces. These credits can offset your future electricity bills when your system generates less electricity than you’re using.  Depending upon your utility, net metering “true up dates” can vary.  The larger utilities allow for an annual billing period that can be chosen by the homeowner.   

Solar panels are designed to last for 25 to 30 years or more. Many manufacturers offer warranties to guarantee their performance during this period.

We know that installing solar is a long term investment requiring significant capital.  While we don’t have any “in-house” financing available we work closely with a couple third party loan programs that we have vetted and know to be free of any hidden costs ie. dealer fees.  

Clearwater Credit Union Home Energy Loans available at 5.95%. $0 Down. up to 20yr Term. $0 in closing costs.

DEQ loans available at 3.5%. $0 Down. 10yr Term: availability subject to funds

Yes, solar panels continue to produce electricity during the winter. While production is lower due to shorter days and occasional snow cover, modern solar panels are manufactured to perform well even in cold conditions.  In addition, we design grid-tied systems to overproduce during the summer in order to provide credit in the months of the year where production is lower.  

Solar panels are generally low-maintenance. Regular inspections and occasional cleaning are recommended to ensure optimal performance. Our team can provide guidance on maintenance practices.In the event of equipment failure, our long term warranties can provide quick replacement with limited downtime. 

The installation timeline can vary depending on the complexity of your project and permitting requirements. Typically, residential solar installations in Montana can be completed within a few weeks to a couple of months. The actual physical installation may be done as quickly as one day. 

Absolutely! By switching to solar energy, you reduce your carbon footprint and help combat climate change. Solar power is a clean and renewable energy source that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.