WOW – 120 solar site assessments!
That right, out of the 300 participants in the City of Missoula’s Green Blocks Program we were chosen by 120 participants to do solar site assessments. This is great news. I had hoped we’d be a popular Side Order, but this blew our minds. In fact, we are even getting a second intern from the UM-COT energy program to help with the work load!
Over the next 6-week our interns will be going block by block through the 120 sites to do a basic assessment with our Solar Pathfinder. We will contact folks a week in advance so they know their block is up next. Then we’ll do a quick visual assessment and/or a Pathfinder assessment in each yard.
Each participant will be told if they are a good, fair or poor site, why, and what options are available to them according to their results (i.e. PV, Thermal or other renewables like ground source heat pumps). We will also provide info on available grants, tax credits, rebates and financing for their Solar and Renewable options.
SBS is very excited to be working with the City of Missoula, Northwestern Energy, the COT’s Energy degree program and all of the other Green Blocks Side Orders. This really is a model public-private project to be duplicated.