Hi Folks: I've been asked to post this here, so here you go (of special interest to Northwestern Energy customers).
“Get a 2 kilowatt grid-tied solar powered system installed on you home for as little as $3,910!”
We have the ability to get USB grants (on a first come, first served basis) from NWE for certain solar projects, in our installation area. Combined with our state and federal tax credits, a photovoltaic power system has become much more affordable! Check out our two example systems and let us know if you are interested in receiving a personalized quote from one of our system designers.
Fixed roof mounted system: This system will utilize roof a roof mounted array using American-made Schott solar modules.
Solar tracking pole mount system: Here is another system that utilizes a solar tracker for better annual production:
Equipment total = $12,764.00
Installation Estimate = $2,080.00
Project base cost = $14,844
Minus $3/watt USB grant = -$5940
Minus $500 State tax credit = -$500
Minus 30% federal tax credit = - $2521
Total Project cost = $5,882 -- That’s ~$2.97/watt!!!
On average, this system will produce ~8.5kW per day or ~254kW per month with the array oriented due south with un-obstructed sunlight.
Disclaimer: your project may cost more due to site specifics or unforseen circumstances, and the freight rates are estimates to a dock or commercial drop point with forklift in western Montana. Your destination's freight costs may differ.
If your utility provider does not offer such incentives, you can still get the state and federal tax credit. Call our system designers at 406-777-4321 or 4309 for more information.
Keep thinkin green, from the staff of Oasis Montana Inc. www.oasismontana.com
The post says "certain solar projects". Can you tell us what those are? Forgive me for not knowing enough about solar power, but I have no idea what the abbreviations mean. What do PV and USB stand for? Also, I don't exactly know how many kilowatts do what. Would you mind giving me a frame of reference, like "this is enough to power 30 loads of laundry per month" or "you can make 50 pieces of toast every week!" Thanks.
"Certain solar projects" mean grid-tie systems in our service area (Bitterroot Valley and Missoula). PV stands for photovoltaic, and USB is United Systems Benefits (funds); everyone who is a NWE (that's Northwestern Energy) customer pays ~50 cents or so on every bill, that goes to different stuff. Some goes to assist low income folks pay bills in winter, some goes to promote energy conservation for homes/businesses, and some go to wind and solar grants.
A kilowatthour is a thousand watts. A kilowatthour will run ten 100W light bulbs for one hour, or one 100W light buld for 10 hours.