Horse-Drawn Wagons Bring Solar to Remote Montana Ranch

Horse-Drawn Wagons Bring Solar to Remote Montana Ranch

Other Technologies, Rooftop Solar
Solar arrived this fall at a remote guest ranch in southwest Montana…and it came by horse-drawn wagon.  The ranch is surrounded by wilderness, and all people and equipment must travel 13 miles by horse and wagon to access it. Motorized vehicles are prohibited by law. The off-grid ranch, which houses up to 30 people at peak season, was until recently powered by a diesel generator running 24 hours a day.  Of course, that meant bringing in thousands of gallons of diesel by horse-drawn wagon, at great expense.  This year, the ranch contracted with Independent Power Systems (IPS) of Bozeman to install a battery bank that will cut generator run time in half, reducing diesel consumption significantly. According to Barton Churchill of IPS, “This was a very unique off grid power system for…
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