Solar Power in Montana

GREENandSAVE staff

Posted on Wednesday 3rd August 2022
Solar power in Montana

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The Energy Intelligence Center (EIC) has a strategic partnership with Jordan Energy which is a top solar solutions provider. This article includes some highlights as well as Solar power news in Montana. EIC’s initial founder, Charlie Szoradi, has a long-standing relationship with Jordan Energy’s founder, Bill Jordan. Charlie engaged Bill and his team for the solar system on Charlie’s beach house in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Charlie also recently introduced Jordan Energy to one of EIC’s largest clients for major industrial rooftop systems in Pennsylvania and Texas. Click to learn more about Sustainability_Charlie on Instagram. For his Youtube channel click here: Learn from Looking.

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Here is an example of some Solar Power News in Montana:

Montana’s High Court Rules Utility Cannot Discriminate Against Solar Energy


The Montana Supreme Court today rejected NorthWestern Energy’s attempts to shut out competition from local or customer-owned solar projects that would help meet Montana’s electricity needs. Both Montana and federal law prohibit discrimination against independently owned clean energy projects.

NorthWestern Energy requested the Montana Public Service Commission to slash rates it pays to small solar projects to well below the value they create, a request the commission granted in 2017. In today’s ruling, the Court found that decision violated the law against rate discrimination. The court also found that the commission improperly reduced contract lengths for these renewable energy projects and has reset them to 25 years. 

According to the decision, “NorthWestern’s frequently-uttered trope that the requirements of [federal law] and thus approval of solar sources of energy will wildly increase the rates charged to consumers finds little basis of support in this record.”

The Court’s decision was in response to a lawsuit filed by Montana Environmental Information Center and Vote Solar, represented by Earthjustice.

“This decision benefits all Montanans by giving clean energy resources a fair opportunity to compete with the dirty fossil fuels favored by NorthWestern,” said Earthjustice attorney Jenny Harbine, who represented clean-energy advocates in the case. “It is an important step in beating back NorthWestern’s ongoing attempts to kill competition from clean and affordable renewables.”

The ruling affirms an earlier decision by a state district court, which noted that the very low rates were set “to make such renewable energy development economically unfeasible, and thereby eliminate competition.” Since the Commission’s 2017 decision, no utility-scale solar energy projects have been built in Montana. During this same period, NorthWestern Energy has proposed to increase its ownership interest in the Colstrip coal plant and released a plan to build several new gas-fired power plants.

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