Montana Solar Powered Transportation Initiative

MREA is leading one of nine teams across the U.S. in the "Solar Energy Innovation Network," studying how communities can electrify their transportation sector and power it with solar PV technology.

SEIN network mapMREA is excited to be a project lead for the Montana Solar Powered Transportation Initiative. This project is a collaborate effort between MREA, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, City of Bozeman, City of Missoula, City of Whitefish, Climate Smart Missoula, and Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities.

Over an 18-month study period, the Montana team will be researching how communities can integrate electric vehicles, co-located with solar photovoltaic technology, into their transportation planning for residents, public transportation, and municipal fleets.

The Montana team was one of nine teams from across the country selected by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to participate in the Solar Energy Innovation Network, which is providing funding and technical assistance support for this project. Check back for more developments in this project, including opportunities to participate in meetings and provide input to the team.


More about the Solar Energy Innovation Network

The Solar Energy Innovation Network is a collaborative research effort administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office to develop and demonstrate new ways for solar energy to improve the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the nation's electric grid.

By pairing teams of stakeholders from across the United States that are implementing pilot projects—including utilities, state and local governments, nonprofits, innovative companies, and system operators—with analytical support from a broad set of technical experts, the innovation network will develop novel applications of solar energy and other distributed energy technologies. Rigorous demonstration and validation of these applications in real-world laboratories will make them ready for widespread adoption.