Have you ever thought about installing solar panels on your roof but found it to be cost-prohibitive? Would you like add solar power to your home’s energy mix without installing any equipment? Does your home have a south facing roof surface or is your yard full of large mature trees that provide great views and needed shade? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, then the Missoula Electric Community Solar Phase II project may be just what you have been looking for.
What is community solar? Community solar installations, sometimes called solar gardens or solar farms are centrally located solar photovoltaic arrays installed by an organization such as an electric cooperative who then sells the output of the panels to subscribers of the program, in this case – members of the Cooperative. Community solar installations offer all the benefits of solar with none of the downsides like installation and maintenance.
Our Phase II community solar array is located in Frenchtown in partnership with the Frenchtown School District. The system is comprised of 184 panels with a combined total of 50 kilowatts of installed capacity. Members can purchase output from the system and the credit comes off their MEC electric bill.