Solar “An Easy Decision” for Watson Irrigation

Solar “An Easy Decision” for Watson Irrigation

Rooftop Solar
For Watson Irrigation of Townsend, Montana, solar was primarily a financial decision. “It penciled out quick and easy,” explains Konnor Kelsey, Watson Irrigation Operations Manager.  “We’re expecting a seven year return on investment, and the warranties are ten years for the inverters and 25 years for the panels. Equipment that’s paid off while it’s still under warranty?  It was an easy decision.” In fact, Konnor explains that the firm would have preferred to install a larger solar array, but was prevented from doing so by state law. Watson Irrigation’s solar array is 50 kilowatts, the maximum allowed by the state’s net metering law.  It would have taken a 70-75 kilowatt array to offset their electricity use.  A larger array “would have been a no-brainer,” Konnor says. “[The law] is a…
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Speak up on Regional Power Plan

Policy & Advocacy
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has released a draft 20-year energy plan that will guide energy resource decisions in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. It’s crucially important that the Council, which is composed of two members from each of these four states, supports a final plan that prioritizes energy efficiency and renewable energy. Distributed solar resources can play an important role in serving our region’s electricity needs, but it’s important for the Council to hear from you. Every five years the Council updates its long-range energy plan guiding the deployment of electricity resources in the Bonneville Power Administration service territory, which includes NorthWestern Energy and western Montana electric cooperatives. The Draft 7th Power Plan is available for public comment until December 18th. The final plan will be released in…
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