ASES National Solar Tour in Montana, Oct. 2-3

ASES National Solar Tour in Montana, Oct. 2-3

Announcements, Education and Information, Special Programs
Join a local Montana event! The annual National Solar Tour - organized by the American Solar Energy Society - is coming up this weekend! Touring a local installation is an opportunity for community members to see the technology, ask questions, and understand how solar is benefiting the lives and businesses of their neighbors. This is a great way to support the development of solar in Montana. We hope you can attend one of these Montana based events! Click on the links below to see the location, times, and featured technologies (like solar, storage, heat pumps, and more). Virtual events will 'launch' on October 2nd and be available throughout the weekend. MONTANA NATIONAL SOLAR TOUR EVENTS​​ Saturday, October 2 10a - 3p (Whitefish): Mountain Solar Home – Learn More* 9a -…
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MREA Gives Back: Whitehall Net-Zero Energy Affordable Housing Project

MREA Gives Back: Whitehall Net-Zero Energy Affordable Housing Project

Education and Information, Special Programs
December 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of MREA's founding. Two decades ago, a small group of renewable energy installers, advocates, and supporters formalized what would grow into the education and advocacy organization that we are today. We are grateful for the immense support from our communities and combined efforts driving the development of renewable energy in Montana! In continuing our mission of expanding renewables to all Montana citizens, MREA is celebrating our 20th year by 'giving back' and supporting clean energy projects that impact the lives of our broader communities. While we can't grant funds ourselves, our goal is to bolster partner projects by raising awareness, funneling financial support, and highlighting the socio-economic benefits of such projects. We hope you will consider supporting these projects to help make them a…
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MREA Gives Back: Habitat for Humanity Workforce Housing Solar

MREA Gives Back: Habitat for Humanity Workforce Housing Solar

Education and Information, Special Programs
December 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of MREA's founding. Two decades ago, a small group of renewable energy installers, advocates, and supporters formalized what would grow into the education and advocacy organization that we are today. We are grateful for the immense support from our communities and combined efforts driving the development of renewable energy in Montana! In continuing our mission of expanding renewables to all Montana citizens, MREA is celebrating our 20th year by 'giving back' and supporting clean energy projects that impact the lives of our broader communities. While we can't grant funds ourselves, our goal is to bolster partner projects by raising awareness, funneling financial support, and highlighting the socio-economic benefits of such projects. We hope you will consider supporting these projects to help make them a…
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Show Me the Money: Financing and Incentive Updates and Changes in 2020

Show Me the Money: Financing and Incentive Updates and Changes in 2020

Education and Information, Special Programs
As the cost of renewable energy continues to drop, more Montanans are choosing to install distributed energy systems like rooftop solar and small wind. When considering an installation, there are important financing and incentive options to keep in mind. Some of these have gone through some changes - or nearly so - in the past year. In this blog post, we highlight three updates and changes to important financing and incentives that Montanans should be aware of as you look to install small solar and wind systems at your home, business, farm or ranch in 2020 and beyond. Net metering – Update: no changes! On November 25th, 2019 the Montana Public Service Commission (MPSC) ruled in favor of MREA and Vote Solar, preserving rooftop solar and unanimously rejecting Northwestern Energy's…
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Clean Energy Fair Slideshow

Clean Energy Fair Slideshow

Special Programs
Thank you, Bozeman, for another successful Fair! We were thrilled at the turnout, and enjoyed an excellent day with experts, advocates, and supporters of all things renewable energy. Thank you to our generous sponsors, the businesses who took the time to table at the event, the electric vehicle owners who put their cars on display, the and all of the Montanans who came to the Fair. Please enjoy some of the photos from the Fair below! In 2020 MREA will be celebrating our 20th anniversary as an organization and our 10th year organization the Montana Clean Energy Fair. To honor the occasion, we will be bringing the Fair back to Butte – where both MREA and the Fair were started. We can't be more excited – check back for more…
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2019 MT Clean Energy Fair Workshops Announced

2019 MT Clean Energy Fair Workshops Announced

Announcements, Special Programs
9th Annual Montana Clean Energy Fair  Saturday, August 9th at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds The 2019 Fair will feature ten workshops designed to educate and inspire. The workshops cover everything from solar PV basics to off-grid living, from energy storage to electric vehicles, and from policy to financing – we have something for everyone! New in 2019: after the Fair we have set up self-guided tours of solar arrays on a nearby net-zero home and local business. Read on to learn more about 2019 Workshop Series! Find out more on the Fair webpage, and RSVP on Facebook here. 10:00 am: Solar Electricity Basics and Grid-tied Energy Storage (Exhibit Building # 2) Dan Perata, Independent Power Systems Think solar is expensive? When’s the last time you checked? Solar photovoltaic costs have dropped…
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Who You'll Meet at the Fair, Part 3: Energy Experts and Professionals

Who You'll Meet at the Fair, Part 3: Energy Experts and Professionals

Special Programs
The 8th Annual Montana Renewable Energy Fair is coming to Bozeman. From 9am to 4pm on Saturday, August 11th, individuals from around the state will meet in Bozeman to rally under a common banner of supporting renewable energy and learning more about its various benefits for Montanans. Taking place at the Gallatin Country Fairgrounds (901 N. Black Ave.), visitors will get the chance to experience a variety of workshops, exhibits and activities all centered around clean energy. The fair will include: demonstrations of solar, wind, and energy efficiency technologies and concepts; an electric car show; activities for kids; and, of course, food vendors. Fairgoers will have the opportunity to meet professionals in the clean energy field, industry members and experts, and conservation and energy advocates. In this series, we’ll be…
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Who You'll Meet at the Fair, Part 2: Industry Leaders

Who You'll Meet at the Fair, Part 2: Industry Leaders

Special Programs
The 8th Annual Montana Renewable Energy Fair is coming to Bozeman. From 9am to 4pm on Saturday, August 11th, individuals from around the state will meet in Bozeman to rally under a common banner of supporting renewable energy and learning more about its various benefits for Montanans. Taking place at the Gallatin Country Fairgrounds (901 N. Black Ave.), visitors will get the chance to experience a variety of workshops, exhibits and activities all centered around clean energy. The fair will include: demonstrations of solar, wind, and energy efficiency technologies and concepts; an electric car show; activities for kids; and, of course, food vendors. Fairgoers will have the opportunity to meet professionals in the clean energy field, industry members and experts, and conservation and energy advocates. In this series, we’ll be…
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Who You'll Meet at the Fair, Part 1: Advocates

Who You'll Meet at the Fair, Part 1: Advocates

Special Programs
The 8th Annual Montana Renewable Energy Fair is coming to Bozeman. From 9am to 4pm on Saturday, August 11th, individuals from around the state will meet in Bozeman to rally under a common banner of supporting renewable energy and learning more about its various benefits for Montanans. Taking place at the Gallatin Country Fairgrounds (901 N. Black Ave.), visitors will get the chance to experience a variety of workshops, exhibits and activities all centered around clean energy. The fair will include: demonstrations of solar, wind, and energy efficiency technologies and concepts; an electric car show; activities for kids; and, of course, food vendors. Fairgoers will have the opportunity to meet professionals in the clean energy field, industry members and experts, and conservation and energy advocates. In this series, we’ll be…
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Solarize Missoula customer: “I would encourage everybody to do it”

Solarize Missoula customer: “I would encourage everybody to do it”

Rooftop Solar, Special Programs
Steve German had been thinking about solar for a while. “My daughter in Portland installed a system several years ago, and it’s been in my mind for quite some time that I should do it also,” he recalled recently. So when Steve read about ‘Solarize Missoula’ in the Missoulian late last year, he was interested. Solarize Missoula was a program to significantly increase solar installations in Missoula by making it simpler and more affordable for homeowners to pursue solar. The program was organized by the Montana Renewable Energy Association in partnership with the Missoula Federal Credit Union, Climate Smart Missoula, the City of Missoula, and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. On December 1, 2015 Steve attended an information session about Solarize Missoula at the public library, and signed up…
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