Courtesy Northern Plains Resource Council
On Wednesday, February 22nd, Central Montana Resource Council hosted a Community Solar Seminar to inform folks in the area about community solar and gauge interest in a community solar project being planned by the Fergus Electric Cooperative.
Ninety people came out on the snowy afternoon for the seminar in which:
Orion Thornton, owner of the solar installation company OnSite Energy, opened with general information about solar, as well as a description of community solar, including pros and cons.
Dan Rogers from Missoula Electric Cooperative talked about his co-op's community solar project and how its members have responded;
Claudia Rapkoch discussed why NorthWestern Energy is slower than the co-ops to look into these options.
"We're doing this, simply, because our members want it," said Fergus Electric General Manager Scott Sweeney, speaking about a community solar installation.
Sweeney said Fergus Electric's community solar project will either be 35 kW (kilowatts) or 100 kW, depending on the level of interest from members. Judging by the turnout at the event and the number of people who expressed interest, Fergus Electric might have to go with the full 100 kW. A 100-kW project would be about 400 photovoltaic solar panels. Participants could buy one or more panels.
The Central Montana Resource Council and Fergus Electric Cooperative sponsored this Community Solar Seminar in Lewistown