Solar Energy

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Missoula County recognizes the value of solar energy and is committed to increasing residential and commercial access to solar resources.  In recognition of the county’s efforts to make it faster, easier, and more affordable to install solar energy systems, Missoula County, with technical assistance from the Montana Renewable Energy Association and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been awarded a Silver Designation by SolSmart, a U.S. Department of Energy program that recognizes communities that are “open for solar business.”

In addition, Missoula County is a proud participant in the three community solar projects that have been developed by Missoula Electric Cooperative. The county owns the output of 10 panels from the Solarshare 1 project in Lolo, 49 panels from the Solarshare 2 project in Frenchtown, and 37 panels from the Solarshare K3 project in Bonner.

Solar Energy Permitting Checklists for Residential and Commercial Systems

Residential Solar Energy Permitting Checklist
Commercial Solar Energy Permitting Checklist


Find an Installer

Many solar installation businesses operate in the Missoula area.  Several of those businesses are members of the Montana Renewable Energy Association, and you can find their information on the MREA Installer Directory webpage here.


Financing and Incentives

Montana’s personal income tax credit, and other state incentives
Federal income tax credit
Missoula Federal Credit Union solar loans and residential financial analysis
Montana Department of Environmental Quality Loan Program


Consumer Protection

Solar Easement Guide
Solar Energy Industries Association: Solar Customer Resources 
Interstate Renewable Energy Council: Checklist for Residential Consumers Considering Solar
Consumer Reports, How to Install a Solar System and Not Get Burned


Additional Resources

Missoula County Odyssey Online Permitting Site  
PVWatts Solar Energy Calculator
Planning a Home Solar Electric System (US Department of Energy)
MREA Net Metering Data and Maps
Solar Basics for Kids (US Energy Information Administration)
Solar information from Climate Smart Missoula