The goal of the Montana Rural Solar Access Project (MRSAP) is to increase access to, and development of, distributed solar in rural and low-income communities across Montana. The core objective is to identify opportunities and barriers to the development of distributed energy resources (DER) – specifically solar energy – in low and moderate income (LMI) populations in rural Montana communities; and to research, identify, and develop solutions to increase adoption and support the development of solar markets. Project activities will support four investigation categories: policy and regulation; economics; education; and technical. This page will be updated as the project moves forward - check back in the coming months!
MRSAP is a collaboration between the Montana Renewable Energy Association and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). BEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Portland, Oregon, with a focus on developing innovative approaches to clean energy, watershed restoration, carbon offsets, and renewable energy education. The Renewable Energy Group (REG) works to eliminate the barriers communities face in engaging with renewable energy projects, including solar, electrification, and hydro-power. REG has developed community solar projects across the Pacific Northwest, expanding access to solar in the region among low-income, rural, and tribal communities. REG brings expertise in technical, financial, and community-based aspects of solar project development.