Working Together to Create Sustainable Energy

We are committed to providing responsible, sustainable energy to meet our customers' needs, while protecting, and even enhancing, the natural environment. We are vigilant in monitoring the impacts of our operations on the environment, in complying with the spirit, as well as the letter of environmental requirements, and responsibly managing natural resources under our stewardship.

Innovating Our Energy Future

NorthWestern Energy’s policy is to provide cost-effective, reliable and stably priced energy while being good stewards of natural resources and complying with environmental regulations.

NorthWestern Energy dedicates time and resources toward providing sustainable energy options for our customers. Wind generation, hydro generation, and solar generations are among the main project areas for sustainable energy.

The backbone of NorthWestern’s generation is its fleet of 10 hydroelectric generation stations and one storage reservoir. Wind generation continues to become a larger part of NorthWestern’s electric supply portfolio. We are building solar pilot projects that are designed to test various types of solar-related technology to further our knowledge of how this generation can be integrated into our electricity portfolio. We have committed to funding four solar projects that combined will help us evaluate the potential for solar to help meet our needs for reliable, affordable clean energy that benefits all customers.

Solar Pilot Projects

A still image from a video about the Bozeman Solar Pilot

Solar Pilot Projects

Energy produced from the sun is similar in some ways to wind energy and different in others. So, we’re building pilot projects at various locations that are designed to test different types of solar-related technology to further our knowledge of how this generation can be integrated into our electricity portfolio. We have committed to funding four projects that combined will allow us evaluate the potential for solar to help meet our needs for reliable, affordable clean energy that benefits all customers.

Beck Hill Rural Microgrid Project

The Beck Hill Microgrid is a pilot project using solar photovoltaic panels and batteries to test the potential of using a small microgrid to improve the reliability of electric service to customers in rural areas.

Bozeman Community Solar Study

This project will be able to evaluate long-term sustainable models for the integration of renewable energy while providing the City of Bozeman with data to better understand how they can meet their community climate action plan.

Missoula Urban Solar Project

The Missoula Urban Active Research Solar Project is a partnership between NorthWestern Energy, Missoula County Public Schools, and the City of Missoula which includes unique solar installations at Missoula’s four public high schools.

Private Generation

Interested in installing solar panels, a wind turbine or another generation source at your home or business?

Wind Generation

Wind turbines at the Two Dot Wind Farm at sunset

Wind Generation

Wind generation continues to become a larger part of NorthWestern’s electric supply portfolio. At year-end 2020, almost 30% of our electric generation company wide came from wind.

Learn about all our hydroelectric facilities

Nearly 70% of the energy we supply in Montana comes from carbon-free sources, thanks in large part to our hydroelectric facilities.