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Homegrown Energy for Montana’s Businesses

In Support of Increasing the Size Limit for Net Metering Systems

In Support of Increasing the Size Limit for Net Metering Systems

In the twenty years since Montana adopted net metering laws, nearly 3,000 customers have installed energy systems using solar, wind, micro-hydro, and other technologies. These include small businesses, farmers and ranchers, schools, libraries, fire stations, and many more. These Montanans are independently producing their own homegrown energy that is helping save them money. Improvements in technology and changes in the market have rendered the system size statute inadequate for meeting the needs of Montana’s businesses today. Many businesses – including some of the undersigned – would have installed larger systems, but were prevented from doing so by the arbitrary and outdated 50 kW system size limit.

The government-imposed limit on net metering does not meet the needs of Montana’s small businesses, schools, and libraries.

  • Businesses need systems larger than 50 kW to adequately meet their energy savings goals.
  • Solar and wind systems help businesses save money and hedge against rising operating costs like energy bills and property taxes.
  • Small solar and small wind offer long-term savings that will stimulate the private sector, and save tax-payers dollars in the public sector.

The system size limit is stifling business growth and restricting opportunities in Montana for local, high quality careers.

  • Government barriers are preventing the market from driving growth through private investment.
  • Bigger projects means business growth – for the customer businesses as well as the installers. Montana’s laws are preventing small businesses from expanding operations and hiring more staff.
  • Small-scale renewable energy installation is a statewide, small-business industry. There are more than 40 businesses involved in installation in Montana, with the average business having approx. 5 employees. They work statewide, and are based in counties across Montana, including: Yellowstone, Lake, Flathead, Cascade, Carbon, Ravalli, Butte-Silver Bow, and Lewis and Clark.

There is strong and bipartisan support in Montana for solar and wind energy development.

  • We, the undersigned, are proof of this. Many of us, and thousands of other Montanans, have integrated wind and solar energy into our businesses and lives.
  • A 2019 national poll by the Conservative Energy Network showed that 75% of voters want more emphasis on solar, 67% want more emphasis on wind, and 74% of voters are in favor of “cutting regulations and red tape that slow the development of clean energy resources.”
  • A 2017 statewide poll by Maxfield Strategic Communications Research showed that 73% of respondents supported significantly increasing the net metering cap beyond the current 50 kW limit, and 78% supported a holistic and significant expansion of Montana’s net metering laws.

We call upon the 67th Montana Legislature to support and pass legislation that will increase the allowable net metering system size to meet the needs of Montanans.

 

Add your name to our letter by filling out the following form. We will be bringing this letter to Helena to show our elected officials that Montana's businesses want more homegrown energy.

Homegrown Energy for Montana’s Businesses

In the twenty years since Montana adopted net metering laws, nearly 3,000 customers have installed energy systems using solar, wind, micro-hydro, and other technologies. These include small businesses, farmers and ranchers, schools, libraries, fire stations, and many more. These Montanans are independently producing their own homegrown energy that is helping save them money. Improvements in technology and changes in the market have rendered the system size statute inadequate for meeting the needs of Montana’s businesses today. Many businesses – including some of the undersigned – would have installed larger systems, but were prevented from doing so by the arbitrary and outdated 50 kW system size limit.

The government-imposed limit on net metering does not meet the needs of Montana’s small businesses, schools, and libraries.
• Businesses need systems larger than 50 kW to adequately meet their energy savings goals.
• Solar and wind systems help businesses save money and hedge against rising operating costs like energy bills and property taxes.
• Small solar and small wind offer long-term savings that will stimulate the private sector, and save tax-payers dollars in the public sector.

The system size limit is stifling business growth and restricting opportunities in Montana for local, high quality careers.
• Government barriers are preventing the market from driving growth through private investment.
• Bigger projects means business growth – for the customer businesses as well as the installers. Montana’s laws are preventing small businesses from expanding operations and hiring more staff.
• Small-scale renewable energy installation is a statewide, small-business industry. There are more than 40 businesses involved in installation in Montana, with the average business having approx. 5 employees. They work statewide, and are based in counties across Montana, including: Yellowstone, Lake, Flathead, Cascade, Carbon, Ravalli, Butte-Silver Bow, and Lewis and Clark.

There is strong and bipartisan support in Montana for solar and wind energy development.
• We, the undersigned, are proof of this. Many of us, and thousands of other Montanans, have integrated wind and solar energy into our businesses and lives.
• A 2019 national poll by the Conservative Energy Network showed that 75% of voters want more emphasis on solar, 67% want more emphasis on wind, and 74% of voters are in favor of “cutting regulations and red tape that slow the development of clean energy resources.”
• A 2017 statewide poll by Maxfield Strategic Communications Research showed that 73% of respondents supported significantly increasing the net metering cap beyond the current 50 kW limit, and 78% supported a holistic and significant expansion of Montana’s net metering laws.

We call upon the 67th Montana Legislature to support and pass legislation that will increase the allowable net metering system size to meet the needs of Montanans.

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Signees (155)

Signatures
155 Greg J. Bigfork, MT Flathead Lake Brewing Co.,Inc Jan 20, 2021
154 B.D. E. Missoula, Montana Satic Solar Jan 19, 2021
153 Don L. Whitehall, MT NA Jan 16, 2021
152 Katharine C. Bozeman, MT Jan 14, 2021
151 Eileen C. Libby, MT Jan 14, 2021
150 Kristin N. Troy, Montana Kootenai Climate Group Jan 14, 2021
149 Diane B. Bozeman, MT Simms Fishing Products Jan 13, 2021
148 Dan V. Livingston, MT Sweetwater Travel Jan 13, 2021
147 Sarah S. Livingston, MT Firehole MT Jan 13, 2021
146 Andrea P. Livingston, Montana Elk River Books Jan 13, 2021
145 Dale S. Livingston, MT Dan Bailey's Outdoor Company Jan 13, 2021
144 Don C. Lockwood, MT Lockwood School District Jan 12, 2021
143 Alexandra A. Big Timber, MT Sweetgrass Associates Jan 12, 2021
142 Janelle R. Charlo, MT Jordan Solar Jan 12, 2021
141 Dana D. Bozeman, MT Lawn Rain Sprinkler Systems, Inc. Jan 12, 2021
140 Ciche P. Philipsburg, Montana Discovery Ski Corp Jan 11, 2021
139 Eric S. Bozeman, MT Highline Adventures, LLC Jan 08, 2021
138 Ronald W. East Helena, Montana East Helena Public Schools Jan 06, 2021
137 Chad S. Roundup, MT Roundup Public Schools Jan 06, 2021
136 Jackson I. Helena, MT Solar Montana Jan 04, 2021
135 Mary C. Bozeman, MT Jan 01, 2021
134 Rev. Duffy P. Bozeman, Montana Montana Interfaith Power & Light Dec 31, 2020
133 Malia C. Livingston, Montana Dec 30, 2020
132 Claire K. Kalispell, Montana Dec 29, 2020
131 Isabel S. Bozeman, MT Dec 29, 2020
130 Rita R. Livingston, Montana none Dec 29, 2020
129 Dan P. Bozeman, MT Independent Power Systems Dec 28, 2020
128 Rip H. Missoula, MT Solar Plexus LLC Dec 28, 2020
127 John P. Bozeman, MT Bozeman Green Build Dec 28, 2020
126 Richard T. Bozeman, MT Dec 28, 2020
125 Ruth K. Bozeman, MT Dec 28, 2020
124 Catherine and Mike L. Bozeman, MT Dec 28, 2020
123 Yvonne R. Bozeman, MT - None - Dec 28, 2020
122 Virjeana B. Belgrade, MT Dec 28, 2020
121 Amanda G. Bozeman, MT Dec 28, 2020
120 Michael S. Bozeman, MT Dec 28, 2020
119 Jim B. Livingston, MT MTE+D Dec 28, 2020
118 Janice F. Helena, MT Dec 28, 2020
117 Kathy R. Bigfork, MT Dec 26, 2020
116 Cynthia K. Kalispell, Montana Dec 24, 2020
115 Amy R. Bozeman , MT Dec 23, 2020
114 Lucas M. Bozeman, MT Dec 23, 2020
113 Gael B. Kalispell, Montana Dec 23, 2020
112 Seth K. Bozeman, MT Dec 23, 2020
111 Pam W. Kalispell , MT Dec 22, 2020
110 Carole J. Kalispell, MT Dec 22, 2020
109 Kathryn S. Whitehall, MT Dec 22, 2020
108 Gail S. Hamilton, MT Dec 22, 2020
107 Eric B. Bozeman, MT Owenhouse Ace Hardware Dec 22, 2020
106 JDLC -. Whitehall, MT Jefferson Local Development Corporation Dec 21, 2020
105 Dylan F. Hamilton, Montana Dec 21, 2020
104 April H. Stevensville, MT April Hale Jewelry Dec 21, 2020
103 Karen D. Basin, MT Dec 20, 2020
102 Jason M. Bozeman, Montana Martel Construction Dec 18, 2020
101 Joan M. BOZEMAN, MT Dec 18, 2020
100 Tad T. Bozeman, MT Intrinsik Architecture, Inc. Dec 18, 2020
99 Linda T. Fromberg, Mt Dec 18, 2020
98 Julia S. Bozeman, MT Dec 18, 2020
97 PAUL H. MELVILLE, MT The WD Ranch Dec 17, 2020
96 Susan T. Polson, MT Dec 17, 2020
95 Kathleen M. Billings, MT Dec 17, 2020
94 Jill D. Victor, Mt Dec 17, 2020
93 Nicole W. Butte, MY Welker Chiropractic Dec 17, 2020
92 Grant G. Whitehall, MT Dec 17, 2020
91 Kathryn S. Bozeman, Montana Dec 17, 2020
90 Justin R. Helena, MT Dec 16, 2020
89 Pete S. BOZEMAN, MT Real Angels LLC Dec 16, 2020
88 Peter S. Bozeman, Montana DTLP inc / SHINE Beer Sanctuary Dec 16, 2020
87 Susan P. Cardwell, MT s lazy j ranch Dec 16, 2020
86 Chuck W. Whitehall , Montana Whitehall Geogroup Dec 16, 2020
85 Phil G. Bozeman, Mt FCWSD Dec 16, 2020
84 Bryher H. Basin, MT Dec 16, 2020
83 Jennifer K. Whitehall , MT Dec 16, 2020
82 Doug M. Bozeman, MT Dec 16, 2020
81 Nancy D. Boulder, Montana Retired Dec 16, 2020
80 Terry J. Belgrade, MT OP/TECH USA, Inc. Dec 16, 2020
79 Marie G. Divide, Montana Divide Creek Cattle Co. Dec 16, 2020
78 Stormie L. East helena, Montana Dec 16, 2020
77 Emily K. Bozeman, MT Dec 16, 2020
76 Elizabeth J. Bozeman, MT Dec 16, 2020
75 Brad T. Havre, MT Dec 16, 2020
74 Annie G. Missoula , MT Gaucho Industries Dec 16, 2020
73 Becky W. Belgrade, MT Thirteen Mile Farm Dec 16, 2020
72 Janel C. Bozeman , Mt Dec 16, 2020
71 Brian D. Polson , Mt Point b Dec 16, 2020
70 Patricia S. Bozeman, MT Dec 16, 2020
69 Patti S. Bozeman, Gallatin Dec 16, 2020
68 Lynne F. Bozeman , Mt Dec 16, 2020
67 Laura J. Hamilton, MT art works lmj Dec 16, 2020
66 Nathan T. Helena, MT Dec 16, 2020
65 Sandi and Francis B. Big Timber, MT Keewaydin Ranch Dec 16, 2020
64 Jerilyn L. Belgrade , MT Dec 16, 2020
63 Margaret R. Whitehall, MT Dec 15, 2020
62 Aimee D. Bozeman, Montana Dec 15, 2020
61 Melissa S. East Helena, MT Dec 15, 2020
60 James B. Great Falls, Montana Dec 15, 2020
59 Clif C. Bozeman, MT Cadence Financial Dec 15, 2020
58 Richard F. Kalispell, Montana Dec 15, 2020
57 Connie O. Bozeman, MT Dec 15, 2020
56 Mark J. Helena, MT Dec 15, 2020
55 Todd S. Bozeman, MT Bozeman Brewing Co. Dec 15, 2020
54 Sam S. Big Timber, MT Sweet Grass County High School Dec 15, 2020
53 Gail R. Bozeman, MT --None-- Dec 15, 2020
52 Ron C. Polson, MT Mountaintop Associates Dec 15, 2020
51 Margaret W. Ronan, MT Dec 15, 2020
50 Bjorn B. Missoula, MT Dec 15, 2020
49 Damion L. Bozeman, Montana Dec 15, 2020
48 Jennifer W. Bozeman, MT Dec 15, 2020
47 Steve J. Bozeman , MT Bozeman Public Schools Dec 15, 2020
46 Paul A. BOZEMAN, MT Dec 15, 2020
45 Anne M. Bozeman, MT Dec 15, 2020
44 Lindsay G. Livingston, Montana Dec 15, 2020
43 Margarita M. Livingston, MT Dec 15, 2020
42 Nancy O. Bozeman, MT Gray Matter Research LLC Dec 15, 2020
41 David T. Belgrade, MT Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Co. Dec 15, 2020
40 Keegan E. Missoula, mt ClearSky Climate Solutions Dec 15, 2020
39 Robin P. Whitefish, MT n/a Dec 15, 2020
38 Michele C. Bozeman, MT Bozeman Fencing Association, LLC Dec 15, 2020
37 Kristen W. Bozeman, MT Dec 15, 2020
36 Robert B. Hardin, MT Dec 15, 2020
35 Winona B. Missoula, MT Dec 15, 2020
34 Hillery D. Darby, MT Dec 15, 2020
33 Casey L. Whitefish, MT Dec 15, 2020
32 Michael W. Missoula, MT Dec 14, 2020
31 Paul L. Bozeman, U.S. Dec 14, 2020
30 Mary Ann D. Helena, MT MT House District 84 Dec 14, 2020
29 Jami B. West Glacier, Mt Dec 14, 2020
28 Marilyn R. POLSON, Montana Dec 14, 2020
27 Katie W. Whitefish, Montana Dec 14, 2020
26 Jeff T. Polson, MT Dec 14, 2020
25 Nick S. Missoula, MT Dec 14, 2020
24 Kathleen M. Whitefish, MT Applied Communications Dec 14, 2020
23 Maria C v. Ronan, MT Dec 14, 2020
22 Beth C. Missoula, MT Dec 14, 2020
21 Susan H. Somers, MT Dec 14, 2020
20 Susan H. Bozeman, MT Susan H Higgins Dec 14, 2020
19 Robin A. Red Lodge, MT Dec 14, 2020
18 Howard C. BOZEMAN, MT Dec 14, 2020
17 Heather H. Bozeman, MT UnCommon Sense LLC Dec 14, 2020
16 Steve T. Butte, MT National Center for Appropriate Technology Dec 14, 2020
15 Sherrie A. Great Falls, MT NeighborWorks Great Falls Dec 11, 2020
14 Rebecca R. Bozeman, Montana Spark R&D Dec 11, 2020
13 Edward M. Reed Point, Montana Renewable Energy Management, LLC Dec 10, 2020
12 Rob P. Bozeman, MT Intrinsik Architecture Dec 10, 2020
11 Henri F. Bozeman, Montana Intrinsik Architecture, Inc. Dec 10, 2020
10 Steve D. Seattle, Washington GMD Development Dec 10, 2020
9 Randy H. Billings, MT High Plains Architects Dec 09, 2020
8 Chris D. Stevensville, Montana Oasis Montana Inc. Dec 09, 2020
7 Henry D. Red Lodge, MT Sundance Solar Systems LLC Dec 07, 2020
6 Christopher B. Whitehall, Montana Sage Mountain Center Dec 04, 2020
5 Dan B. Hamilton, MT Brandborg and Associates, SBS Solar Dec 03, 2020
4 Debra H. Whitehall, MT Whitehall Geogroup, Inc. Dec 02, 2020
3 Nicola L. Stevensville, MT OnSite Energy, Inc. Dec 02, 2020
2 Bonnie H. Bozeman, MT Bridger Bowl Ski Area Dec 01, 2020
1 Bradley V. Bozeman, MT Harvest Solar MT LLC Nov 30, 2020