Category Archives: Montana Solar

Why we use SolarWorld and L.G. Solar Panels

Solar Installation Missoula

We are picky when it comes to who’s modules we use. After three decades of working with a good number of manufacturers we developed two main criteria which dominate our selection process. Number one is a company which has staying power. We have seen too many companies come and go, leaving us with a long-term warranty with no one to support the product. A 25-year module warranty is standard in the industry. You cannot operate as a module manufacture without it, whether or not the company will be there. Bankruptcy clears long term commitments unless the company takes actions to cover their warranties.
Number two qualification is a track record of standing behind their product and the companies brand. The two companies we work with are just plain proud of their product. It helps when you talk to workers on the factory Floor who when queried tell me this is the best job they have ever had and you can feel this is more than just a job.
This is why we work with SolarWorld of Hillsboro, Oregon and L.G. from South Korea. Both companies have been around the solar block, have a high-quality product which they are committed to support for the long run.

What module wattage is best and why we work with high power 355 watt or higher modules.
It’s simple really, the more power per module the less space it requires on your roof or mount structure. Lower wattages, especially below 295 watts, cost less yet this cost savings is lost as we need to install more modules to achieve the same total array output. More individual modules increase the number of mounting structure material, optimizers and installation time and costs.
Companies leading the industry put much energy into maximizing cell efficiencies. There are hundreds of solar module manufactures around the world. Like many products today, it is a buyer beware world.

Lifeline Creamery and Farm Store Solar Electric Installation

Lifeline Creamery and Farm Store received a REAP grant that will cover almost 25% of their solar electric project.

Lifeline Creamery and Farm Store Solar Installation

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: October 31, 2018 and March 31, 2019;
  • Unrestricted Grants (up to $500,000): March 31, 2019;
  • 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.

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