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NorthWestern Selects Contractor for Bozeman Solar Project

Apr 18, 2016

Butte, Mont. – April 18, 2016 –NorthWestern Energy has picked a Bozeman-based solar energy company as the key contractor on its Bozeman Community Solar Project being developed in partnership with the City of Bozeman.

Onsite Energy of Bozeman was selected in a competitive process to oversee installation of the solar photovoltaic system on a 2.5-acre site adjoining the city’s Water Reclamation Facility at 90 Moss Bridge Road, which is just north of Interstate 90 near the 19th Street exit.

The pilot project is expected to have electrical output of about 533,000 kilowatt-hours per year and will be tied to the power grid operated by NorthWestern Energy. The project will include about 1,150 Suniva solar panels and 14 Fronius inverters. Installation work is expected to begin late June, with completion targeted for October 2016.

NorthWestern has committed up to $1 million for project, which is designed to evaluate the potential of solar power in meeting community energy needs in Montana. NorthWestern will bear the cost of building and operating the project. The City of Bozeman has agreed to provide use of the land but has no additional financial responsibility tied to the project.

NorthWestern Energy has made a $3 million commitment to community-based renewable energy projects. With the recent addition of 11 hydroelectric facilities to NorthWestern’s generation portfolio, 60 percent of the electricity we supply to our Montana customers comes from water or wind. The company also relies on coal and natural gas to generate and expects solar to become a small part of its generation portfolio in 2016.

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Media Contact:
Butch Larcombe
(866) 622-8081
butch.larcombe@northwestern.com

Community Contact:
Heather Bellamy, Manager, Community Relations, Bozeman
(406) 570-2092
heather.bellamy@northwestern.com





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