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About the Owner

Tony Boniface

Tony Boniface is the Owner and CEO of Independent Power Systems. He is also a Professional Engineer and Master Electrician

years in solar, wind, and energy storage

international projects

patented device

Tony Boniface founded Independent Power Systems in 1996 and currently serves as Owner and CEO. He holds a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Master Electrician.

He got his professional start working as a reliability engineer for IBM where he learned and applied Six-Sigma quality control methodologies. That early and strict approach to design and manufacturing standards have been a key influence on his implementation of renewable energy systems.

His first introduction to the practical application of using PV technology to power homes came from attending the first solar school, Solar Energy International, in 1992. His start in the solar energy industry began in 1993 with his employment as a system design engineer for SunWize Energy Systems, one of the first major solar companies in the US. His responsibilities included designing and installing off-grid residential, hybrid power systems for the New York Power Authority to provide power where extending power lines was prohibitive.

In 1996, he started Independent Power Systems (IPS) in Bozeman, Montana to provide off-grid power solutions using solar, wind and propane generator power for homes, water pumping and other remote applications. He was instrumental in educating the state utility, the Montana Power Company, on the virtues of solar energy and was ultimately awarded installation of the first grid-connected solar systems in the state, as well as the country.

Interested in playing a role in the up-and-coming larger solar markets, he expanded IPS operations to Boulder, Colorado in 2006 and then again to Boston, Massachusetts in 2010 concurrent with the launching of those states’ respective solar incentive programs.

To date IPS has installed well over a thousand grid-tie solar systems, hundreds of off-grid solar and wind systems, dozens of grid-tie wind systems, solar and battery backup systems, and generator backup systems. With a long-term goal of providing power for village electrification in the developing world, Tony has taken on a number of challenging international projects and has developed the Power Tower, a patented, guy-less, winch-operated tilt-down tower that supports both a wind turbine and a solar array. The system is optimized in that it taps both of these uniquely ubiquitous energy resources using minimal material, embodied energy, land use, and cost, while allowing easy and safe turbine access. In 2015, the system won the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize.

Tony Boniface & hybrid solar-wind Power Tower near Whitehall High School
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Tony Boniface founded Independent Power Systems in 1996 and currently serves as Owner and CEO. He holds a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Master Electrician.

Tony Boniface founded Independent Power Systems in 1996 and currently serves as Owner and CEO. He holds a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Master Electrician.

Tony Boniface founded Independent Power Systems in 1996 and currently serves as Owner and CEO. He holds a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Master Electrician.

He got his professional start working as a reliability engineer for IBM where he learned and applied Six-Sigma quality control methodologies. That early and strict approach to design and manufacturing standards have been a key influence on his implementation of renewable energy systems.

His first introduction to the practical application of using PV technology to power homes came from attending the first solar school, Solar Energy International, in 1992. His start in the solar energy industry began in 1993 with his employment as a system design engineer for SunWize Energy Systems, one of the first major solar companies in the US. His responsibilities included designing and installing off-grid residential, hybrid power systems for the New York Power Authority to provide power where extending power lines was prohibitive.

His first introduction to the practical application of using PV technology to power homes came from attending the first solar school, Solar Energy International, in 1992. His start in the solar energy industry began in 1993 with his employment as a system design engineer for SunWize Energy Systems, one of the first major solar companies in the US. His responsibilities included designing and installing off-grid residential, hybrid power systems for the New York Power Authority to provide power where extending power lines was prohibitive.

His first introduction to the practical application of using PV technology to power homes came from attending the first solar school, Solar Energy International, in 1992. His start in the solar energy industry began in 1993 with his employment as a system design engineer for SunWize Energy Systems, one of the first major solar companies in the US. His responsibilities included designing and installing off-grid residential, hybrid power systems for the New York Power Authority to provide power where extending power lines was prohibitive.

In 1996, he started Independent Power Systems (IPS) in Bozeman, Montana to provide off-grid power solutions using solar, wind and propane generator power for homes, water pumping and other remote applications. He was instrumental in educating the state utility, the Montana Power Company, on the virtues of solar energy and was ultimately awarded installation of the first grid-connected solar systems in the state, as well as the country.

In 1996, he started Independent Power Systems (IPS) in Bozeman, Montana to provide off-grid power solutions using solar, wind and propane generator power for homes, water pumping and other remote applications. He was instrumental in educating the state utility, the Montana Power Company, on the virtues of solar energy and was ultimately awarded installation of the first grid-connected solar systems in the state, as well as the country.

In 1996, he started Independent Power Systems (IPS) in Bozeman, Montana to provide off-grid power solutions using solar, wind and propane generator power for homes, water pumping and other remote applications. He was instrumental in educating the state utility, the Montana Power Company, on the virtues of solar energy and was ultimately awarded installation of the first grid-connected solar systems in the state, as well as the country.

Interested in playing a role in the up-and-coming larger solar markets, he expanded IPS operations to Boulder, Colorado in 2006 and then again to Boston, Massachusetts in 2010 concurrent with the launching of those states’ respective solar incentive programs.

Interested in playing a role in the up-and-coming larger solar markets, he expanded IPS operations to Boulder, Colorado in 2006 and then again to Boston, Massachusetts in 2010 concurrent with the launching of those states’ respective solar incentive programs.

Interested in playing a role in the up-and-coming larger solar markets, he expanded IPS operations to Boulder, Colorado in 2006 and then again to Boston, Massachusetts in 2010 concurrent with the launching of those states’ respective solar incentive programs.

To date IPS has installed well over a thousand grid-tie solar systems, hundreds of off-grid solar and wind systems, dozens of grid-tie wind systems, solar and battery backup systems, and generator backup systems. With a long-term goal of providing power for village electrification in the developing world, Tony has taken on a number of challenging international projects and has developed the Power Tower, a patented, guy-less, winch-operated tilt-down tower that supports both a wind turbine and a solar array. The system is optimized in that it taps both of these uniquely ubiquitous energy resources using minimal material, embodied energy, land use, and cost, while allowing easy and safe turbine access. In 2015, the system won the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize.

To date IPS has installed well over a thousand grid-tie solar systems, hundreds of off-grid solar and wind systems, dozens of grid-tie wind systems, solar and battery backup systems, and generator backup systems. With a long-term goal of providing power for village electrification in the developing world, Tony has taken on a number of challenging international projects and has developed the Power Tower, a patented, guy-less, winch-operated tilt-down tower that supports both a wind turbine and a solar array. The system is optimized in that it taps both of these uniquely ubiquitous energy resources using minimal material, embodied energy, land use, and cost, while allowing easy and safe turbine access. In 2015, the system won the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize.

To date IPS has installed well over a thousand grid-tie solar systems, hundreds of off-grid solar and wind systems, dozens of grid-tie wind systems, solar and battery backup systems, and generator backup systems. With a long-term goal of providing power for village electrification in the developing world, Tony has taken on a number of challenging international projects and has developed the Power Tower, a patented, guy-less, winch-operated tilt-down tower that supports both a wind turbine and a solar array. The system is optimized in that it taps both of these uniquely ubiquitous energy resources using minimal material, embodied energy, land use, and cost, while allowing easy and safe turbine access. In 2015, the system won the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize.

His international projects include:

The design and installation management for grid-connected solar systems for the remote island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean for the US Military

The design and installation of off-grid solar, wind, and diesel generator powered system for an Afghan National Army base via the US Army Corps of Engineers in Kabul, Afghanistan

The design and installation of the then-largest grid-connected solar system in Mexico for Kyocera Solar Corporation at their Tijuana, MX module production facility

The design feasibility consultation on the largest grid-tied battery backup system in the world for The Puerto Rican La Cometa 40 MW PV project with battery ramp rate control

Tony Boniface & hybrid solar-wind Power Tower
Tony Boniface & hybrid solar-wind Power Tower
Tony Boniface & hybrid solar-wind Power Tower
Tony Boniface & hybrid solar-wind Power Tower
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Building the Future

One System at a Time

Day in and day out we deliver the products and services we would want in our own homes to our clients and customers to help solve their energy challenges. We do this by choosing only the best, safest, and most long-lasting products available to design a system that will continue to perform year after year.