NorthWestern Energy - PV Systems for Fire Stations (Montana)

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Last modified on May 23, 2011.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Montana

Name NorthWestern Energy - PV Systems for Fire Stations
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Fire Stations in NorthWestern Energy Territory
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 100% of system cost

Maximum Incentive 12 systems installed

Program Administrator National Center for Appropriate Technology

References DSIRE[1]


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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name John Walden
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)"