‘Solarize’ Makes Solar Simple for Missoula Couple

‘Solarize’ Makes Solar Simple for Missoula Couple

Rooftop Solar, Special Programs
Ever since they bought their first home 20 years ago, Ben and Peggy Schmidt of Missoula have had rooftop solar in mind. The Schmidts have always been environmentally conscious; they both have graduate degrees in environmental studies from the University of Montana, and today Ben works as an Air Quality Specialist for the county, and Peggy, who has an environmental education background, works as a preschool teacher. As Ben explains, “I think it’s important to take some personal responsibility to reduce our carbon emissions and do what we can to address a serious global issue.” When they first looked into solar 20 years ago, they couldn’t afford it. But the price of solar has dropped dramatically in recent years, and by the time Solarize Missoula was launched in 2015, says…
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Harvest Solar

Penny Per Watt
A conversation with Kyle MacVean [caption id="attachment_1052" align="alignright" width="300"] Kyle MacVean and Brad Van Wert, co-owners of Harvest Solar[/caption] MREA talked in May 2016 with Kyle MacVean, co-owner of Harvest Solar (with Brad Van Wert) about his surprising introduction to the solar business and what it’s like to be a solar installer in Montana. How did you get into the solar business? I got into solar eating pancakes at four o’clock in the morning in Rapelje, Montana, in the middle of a 24 hour bike race. Seriously. It was 2007, and at that diner in Rapelje I met a guy, Rob Carlson, who at the time was working for [Bozeman solar firm] Independent Power Systems. I had never given much thought to solar, but the way he described it I…
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