Fergus Electric Coop Solar Garden, Lewistown, MT

Fergus Electric Coop Solar Garden, Lewistown, MT

<img class=”size-full wp-image-6761″ src=”http://solaripsdev.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/entire-array-w-FEC-sign-6-28-copy.jpg” alt=”Fergus Electrical Co-op 107kW solar array, Lewistown, MT” width=”1264″ height=”628″ /> Fergus Electrical Co-op 107kW solar array, Lewistown, MT

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Fergus Electric Cooperative (FEC) in Lewistown, Montana selected Bozeman-based solar company, Independent Power Systems, via a competitive bid process, to install their first ‘Solar Garden’, a 107 kilowatt ground mounted solar PV system.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span>

Solar garden panels were sold to FEC’s customers on a first come first serve basis. FEC customers could purchase as many panels as they desired (at a cost of $595 each) and are credited on their power bill each month for the retail energy value the panels produce.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span>

IPS installed the system summer 2017; it has been operational as of August 2017.

FEC administration reports: The system is performing to specification and all concerned are pleased with how it came out.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span>

A June 2018 update from FEC staff:<span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span>

<em>I’m happy to report that our solar array is humming along quietly generating electricity.  Since the array was first energized on August 4, 2017 it has generated 113 MWh.  The TV monitor is on every day and members and staff both enjoy seeing the activity displayed on the monitor. We are very pleased with the work the IPS team did to install the 324-panel system! The solar array is very popular. </em>

<b>System specs:</b>

The system consists of [324] 330 watt monocrystalline QCells modules, two 50kW Solectria inverters and the custom IPS ground mount structure built using Iron Ridge rails.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span>

Each panel is projected to produce 450 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. The Co-op will credit 10 cents per kWh , which makes an annual credit of about $45 per year. <span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span>

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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.