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On Sept 28, 2018, NorthWestern Energy (NWE) submitted paperwork to the Public Service Commission to change the net-metering agreement for the state of Montana. These changes will dramatically lower the rate NWE pays customers for solar energy that is metered back to the grid. It has been suggested that NorthWestern may only pay 1/2 of current rates.

What does this mean for you?

These changes effectively double the average payback period for a residential grid-tied system.

  • A new (demand) charge, adding an additional $40 per month to the average net-metered customer’s bill
  • 58% credit reduction when the rules go into effect in Spring 2019
  • The Federal Investment Tax Credit is scheduled to begin phasing out with 2019 being the last year for the full 30% Federal Tax Credit. It is expected the Investment Tax Credit will drop to 0% for residential installations and 10% for commercial installations by 2022.

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.

Federal Incentives

The 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit is available if your system is placed in service by 12/31/2019. Click here for more info.

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