Author Archives: Becky Brandborg

Solar Electric Rail Mount Installation

These photos show the flush mounting system with the rails and attachments before the solar modules are set in place. A south facing roof plane is the most productive yet we also adapt to various roof designs with East, West and South facing roof planes. Every system is unique.

Call Dan for your free solar estimate.  406-381-5643

 

East-West Facing Roof Solar Installation

Often we work with homes that do not have a south facing roof.  With the steep cost decline of solar modules and improved efficiencies, East and West facing roof planes are a solid option. An East or West facing roof at a 4/12 pitch produces only 13% less than a south facing array.  This loss can be easily compensated with the addition of a module or two.

REAP Small Business Grant Deadline April 30, 2018

Do you own a small business in Montana (outside the city limits of Missoula)? The USDA Rural Development, REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) offers up to 25% grants for total eligible project costs, as well as loan guarantees.  Partnered with the 30% federal tax credit your savings really add up. This program helps increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower the cost of energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers. Application Deadline: 

  • Grants of $20,000 or less:April 30, 2018
  • Unrestricted Grants (up to $500,000): April 30, 2018
  • Loan Guarantees are competed continuously throughout the year.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to invest in the long term health of your business with an investment in solar energy and energy savings. Call Dan for a free solar consultation today 406-541-8410.

Make a Solar Electric Investment in Your Future

Solar Installation Missoula Montana

This 49.8 kW solar electric installation in the heart of Missoula is not just another pretty face this solar electric system works for a living.

It is tax time and this 49.8 kW solar electric installation in the heart of missoula is a working investment.  Plan ahead for April 15, 2019.  Talk to your accountant.

30% federal tax credit still available in 2018.

State tax credit, $500.00 per tax payer makes this a great time to invest for the long term.

Call SBS Solar today for your free solar estimate.  406-541-8410.

Lifeline Creamery Solar Electric Install

Lifeline Creamery and Farm Store in Victor Montana received a REAP grant that will cover 25% of their solar electric project. The 60 Module array produces 50% of the average annual electric usage for this active farm and commercial dairy.

Do you own a small business in Montana (outside the city limits of Missoula)? The USDA Rural Development, REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) offers up to 25% grants for total eligible project costs, as well as loan guarantees.  Partnered with the 30% federal tax credit your savings really add up.

This program helps increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower the cost of energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers.

Application Deadline: 

  • Grants of $20,000 or less: April 30, 2018
  • Unrestricted Grants (up to $500,000): April 30, 2018
  • Loan Guarantees are competed continuously throughout the year.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to invest in the long term health of your business with an investment in solar energy and energy savings.

Call Dan for a free solar consultation today 406-541-8410.

 

Best Time to Install Solar Electricity in Montana

Solar Electric InstallationWhen is the Best Time to Install a Solar Electric System in Montana?

Spring is an ideal time.  Nearly all modern solar panel systems are connected to the conventional electric utility grid. When this happens, your meter spins backwards and your utility company credits you for that power. This grid-tied method tends to be the most convenient for homeowners. This is ideal for us in Montana, because of our long solar days in the summer and shorter days in the winter time.  In Montana the utility company will not write you a check for excess energy that you produce.  So generally your system will be sized to accommodate your average annual usage.  (determined by your utility bill).  Each year the solar electric system generates power during peak season (summer), and you consume power during the darker, shorter days of winter.  The utility company (each one slightly different dates) resets once a year and the process begins again.  We generally recommend with NorthWestern Energy to reset on April 1st.  This gives the entire summer to generate power and the entire winter to consume power before beginning the cycle again.

Other conditions that make the perfect time to install your solar electric system:

  • 30% federal tax credit still available in 2018.
  • State tax credit, $500.00 per tax payer makes this a great time to invest for the long term.

Call SBS Solar today for your free solar estimate.  406-541-8410.

36-panel Solar Array Hamilton MT

Solar Panels Hamilton Mt

We are thrilled with our new 36-panel solar array installed recently by Dan Brandborg and his great team at SBS Solar. This highly skilled and experienced group was great to work with from start to finish, and we most highly recommend this company to anyone wanting to utilize clean solar energy for their home or business. Dan and his team were always available to answer our questions, the project went smoothly, and we are now producing clean electricity for us and even others to use. Thank you SBS Solar for everything you did.

Carol and Tom Schwan
Hamilton, Montana

 

Solar Energy System Installed for Your Annual Energy Usage

Solar Myth # 7 I will have an excess of energy that will go unused and will be wasted

Fact: Nearly all modern solar panel systems are connected to the conventional electric utility grid. When this happens, your meter spins backwards and your utility company credits you for that power. This grid-tied method tends to be the most convenient for homeowners. This is ideal for us in Montana, because of our long solar days in the summer and shorter days in the winter time.  In Montana the utility company will not write you a check for excess energy that you produce.  So generally your system will be sized to accommodate your average annual usage.  (determined by your utility bill).  Each year the solar electric system generates power during peak season (summer), and you consume power during the darker, shorter days of winter.  The utility company (each one slightly different dates) resets once a year and the process begins again.

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Solar-Ease Workshop – round 2!

Mark your calendars.

Wednesday February 7th from 6 pm – 8 pm

at Missoula Federal Credit Union 3600 Brooks St, Missoula MT 59801

Making solar easy in Missoula   Climate Smart MissoulaMontana Renewable Energy Association (MREA), the City of Missoula and Missoula Federal Credit Union had so much enthusiasm for the Solar-ease workshop in December, they are putting on another one.

Their aim – to make it easy! The goal is to help the consumer understand the process of installing a solar electric system and what barriers stand in the way.

Check out our resources Here.

Is Solar right for you?  Solar Energy, Missoula-Style!  Solar Process Flowchart

Navigate the flow-chart below to go step-by-step through the process of understanding the local solar landscape, and then chart your own path!

Join us in February to learn about this and much more.

Solar Installer Missoula Montana

Planning a New Garage or Carport? Great Solar Installation

Great time to incorporate solar into your construction project.  Planning ahead gives you the opportunity to get the most out of your new project.

Call for a free solar estimate today.