NorthWestern Energy - Sun4Communities (Montana)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Montana

Name NorthWestern Energy - Sun4Communities
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Schools, Local Government
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Funds 2 kW photovoltaic systems = 20,000

Eligible System Size NorthWestern Energy's Universal Systems Benefits charge
Equipment Requirements 10 new buildings in 2004

Maximum Incentive Montana communities that are electric customers of NorthWestern Energy in Montana

Program Administrator National Center for Appropriate Technology

References DSIRE[1]


NorthWestern Energy is recruiting ten Montana communities to participate in its new Sun4Communities project. The Sun4Communities project enables secondary schools and city and county government buildings to qualify for free solar energy systems.

Sun4Communities is an expansion of NorthWestern Energy's popular Sun4Schools project, which installed photovoltaic (solar electric) systems on 27 middle and high schools in Montana between 1999 and 2003. Sun4Communities draws on the strengths and popularity of Sun4Schools but adds city- and county-owned buildings, such as local government, courthouses, and libraries to the eligible types of buildings. Middle and high schools are still eligible to participate.

The program has been developed and is administered, by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The project is funded by NorthWestern Energy's Universal Systems Benefits (USB) charge paid by the Company's electric customers.

NCAT will install grid-connected photovoltaic systems, at no cost, on the rooftops of participating buildings. Each system will be capable of generating two kilowatts of electricity and will provide a portion of the building's electricity needs. Any excess electricity produced by the system will be fed into the utility grid through a net metering agreement.

Completed applications must be submitted to NCAT by April 23, 2004.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Cathlene Svejkovsky
Department National Center for Appropriate Technology
Address P.O. Box 3838
Place Butte, Montana
Zip/Postal Code 59702-3838
Phone (406) 494-8697


  • 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)"