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Fire Station Solar Electric Demonstration Project


With funding from NorthWestern Energy's Universal Systems Benefits (USB) fund, fire stations in Montana are recieving gried-connected solar electric systems at no cost. All systems installed under this project include a battery bank to provide un-interruptible power supply (UPS). The UPS is an important feature of the system because it stores backup power that can be used for critical operations during a power outage-opening overhead doors and power computers, for example.

Each grid-connected system is capable of generating two kilowatts of electricity and will provide a portion of the building's electricity needs, thus saving money for the community. Any excess electricity produced by the system is fed into the utility grid through a net metering agreement.

The project was established in 2003. Nineteen stations received systems during the first three years.

2003 Participants

Augusta VFD
404 Manix Street
Augusta, MT 59410

Lost Creek VFD
3000 Lost Creek Road
Anaconda, MT 59711

Sourdough RFD
10200 Cottonwood Road
Bozeman, MT 59718

Elk Park VFD
570 East Elk Park Road
Butte, MT 59701

West Helena Valley VFD
1151 Forestvale Road
Helena, MT 59602

Great Falls Fire Rescue
105 9th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59401

2004 Participants

Baxendale Fire Department
P.O. Box 5841
Helena, MT 59604

Big Timber VFD
P.O. Box 1287
Big Timber, MT 59011

Bridger Canyon VFD
6600 Tepee Ridge Road
Bozeman, MT 59705

Dillon VFD
635 So. Washington St.
Dillon, MT 59725

Station 6
815 Avenue C
Billings, MT 59102

Townsend Fire Hall
P.O. Box 410002
Radersburg , MT 59641

2005 Participants

Billings Fire Station #3
1928 17 th St. West
Billings, MT 59102

Columbus Fire Rescue
944 E. Pike
Columbus, MT 59019

Dutton VFD
Main & Legion Streets
Whitehall, MT 59759

Jefferson Valley RFD
570 East Elk Park Road
Butte, MT 59701

Loma Fire Hall
211 3rd Avenue
Loma, MT 59460

Madison Valley RFD #1
5035 Hwy 287 North
Ennis, MT 59729

Red Lodge RFD
115 South Broadway
Red Lodge, MT 59068


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