Solar Hot Water and Solar Electricity Cut Costs for Bozeman Affordable Housing Project

Solar Hot Water and Solar Electricity Cut Costs for Bozeman Affordable Housing Project

Community Scale, Rooftop Solar
This fall, the first residents will move in to the brand new 136-unit Larkspur Commons affordable housing development in Bozeman, serving residents earning less than 60% of the area’s median income. They may not know it yet, but two types of solar energy systems will reduce utility costs at their new home. Larkspur Commons is being built to include both a 4,000 square foot solar hot water system and a 12.42 kilowatt solar electric array on its roofs. Larkspur Commons is owned by a partnership that includes Homeword of Missoula and GMD Development of Seattle. According to Steve Dymoke, Vice President of GMD Development, the decision to incorporate solar into the project was primarily about cost savings. In order to take advantage of a federal low income housing tax credit,…
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Independent Power Systems

Penny Per Watt
A conversation with Tony Boniface [caption id="attachment_1055" align="alignright" width="248"] Tony Boniface, Owner and President of Independent Power Systems[/caption] In July 2016 MREA talked with Tony Boniface, Owner and President of Independent Power Systems, about installing the first net metered system in Montana and how his small Bozeman business expanded to three states and several dozen employees. How did you get in to solar? I studied electrical engineering in college and worked at IBM after I graduated. It was a good job, but when I learned about solar in the late ‘80s, I knew it was what I wanted to do as a career. There wasn’t much literature on solar back then, or many training courses, but I learned about Solar Energy International and attended a two week training of theirs…
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