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Going solar in Massachusetts

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For the past 10 years, Independent Power Systems has been building wind and solar grid-tied, off-grid, and battery backup systems in Massachusetts. With the numerous financial incentives for renewable energy solutions that have come out over the years in Massachusetts, there has never been a better time to invest in the future of energy. In fact, the clean energy sector has grown to make up 3% of the Massachusetts workforce, with over 1500 jobs added since 2018.

Our highly-skilled Massachusetts team are your experts in understanding all of your financial incentives that influence your return on investment, including the newly-introduced SMART program.

With a heritage of off-grid, our interest is in providing you energy resilience so you’re protected when the grid fails due to weather, impacts of climate change, or any other threat to our fragile power grid. We will act as your personal consultants to find the most appropriate technologies for your system and determine the best financial outcome for your asset.

Financing your system

Solar Incentives in Montana

Various rebates and incentives ranging from electricity production payments to upfront rebates are available in your area. Several of these programs are described below. A federal tax credit of 30% of the cost of a solar PV system is also available until the end of 2019, at which point it decreases incrementally. From 2022 onwards, a 10% federal tax credit will remain in place for commercial systems.

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY (C-PACE)

This program enables commercial property owners to finance up to 100% of the cost of a solar system (as well as other energy efficiency improvements, e.g. lighting, insulation, roof replacement, heating/cooling systems).

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY (C-PACE)

This program enables commercial property owners to finance up to 100% of the cost of a solar system (as well as other energy efficiency improvements, e.g. lighting, insulation, roof replacement, heating/cooling systems).

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY (C-PACE)

This program enables commercial property owners to finance up to 100% of the cost of a solar system (as well as other energy efficiency improvements, e.g. lighting, insulation, roof replacement, heating/cooling systems).

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY (C-PACE)

This program enables commercial property owners to finance up to 100% of the cost of a solar system (as well as other energy efficiency improvements, e.g. lighting, insulation, roof replacement, heating/cooling systems).

URGENT: 2019 Net-Metering Changes

NorthWestern Energy is killing solar

On Sept 28, 2018, NorthWestern Energy (NWE) submitted paperwork to the Public Service Commission to change the residential net-metering agreement for the state of Montana. These changes will change the rate structure that NWE net-metering customers pay and add an additional type of charge to their monthly bill.

What does this mean for you?

Currently, residential net-metered customers pay two charges: a monthly service charge ($4.10 per month) and an energy charge ($0.1136 per kWh). The proposed changes include:

  • An increase in the monthly service charge to $5.60 for both net-metered and residential customers.
  • The energy charge (and thus the net-metering credits) is proposed to decrease to $0.0656. Net-metered customers seem to benefit by paying a lower rate than non-net-metered customers for supplied energy, but net-metered customers are receiving less through their credits as well, and cannot use this credit toward any other charge on their bill. Ultimately, this change would only affect customers who are not net-zero. In other words, if you install enough solar to cover all of your energy demands, then you will not be affected by this change.
  • An additional demand charge, which is $8.64 per kilowatt. This means that a customer’s single hour of highest energy usage during the month is multiplied by $8.64 per kilowatt, which results in an extra charge of about $40 for the average customer. For customers who use large amounts of energy, such as owners of electric vehicles, this demand charge will be even higher (about $57 per month for just one electric vehicle charger) and cannot be offsetted by net-metering credits. This is the major proposed change that would make a financial return on solar impossible for many customers, effectively killing the solar industry in Montana.

 

Lock in your Solar Rates

A recently passed grandfather clause will allow you to lock into existing favorable net metering rates if your system is installed prior to the new rules going into effect Spring 2019. Read more on these proposed changes and find out how you can help save solar with the Montana Renewable Energy Association here.

NOTABLE MONTANA SOLAR PROJECTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS –

  • First solar electric, distributed, net-metered system in Montana state (Montana Power Company), 1999
  • First proof of concept, multi-residential (24 units), net-metered, remotely monitored residential solar system design and installation across NorthWestern Energy service range, 2000
  • Bozeman Montana Community Food Cooperative solar system, 2003
  • Bozeman Montana Public Library, solar net metered public system, 2005
  • Simms Fishing, 50kW solar net metered commercial system, 2012
  • Power Tower, solar-wind hybrid net metered, off-grid for Whitehall High School Education, 2013
  • Fergus Electric Utility, 135kW membership owned, net billed solar systems, 2017
  • Recipient of the most NorthWestern solar energy grants since the beginning of the grant program
  • Help found the Montana Renewable Energy Association

 

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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.

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Hannah Capshaw

Business Development and Microgrid Consultant

Hannah's Story

Hannah Capshaw is the Business Development and Microgrid Consultant at Independent Power Systems. She has a Masters degree in Renewable & Sustainable Energy from the University of Colorado Boulder and Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. At IPS, she assists in the development of complex microgrid projects and manages marketing activities. She has experience in the legal field, nonprofits, and the solar industry.

After studying abroad at the Iceland School of Energy, she chose to pursue a career in renewable energy and act as a liaison for the various disciplines involved in renewable energy development. Over the course of her graduate degree, Hannah’s research focused on microgrid development for community resilience and microgrid value chains from an interdisciplinary perspective, particularly in the Caribbean. Her goal is to facilitate creative progress toward a more resilient, clean, and just future through innovative renewable energy solutions with integrity and compassion.