Montana is an excellent place for renewable-energy production. We have some the best wind area locations and some of the most consistent and productive solar exposures. Many Montanans have taken advantage of this by installing net-metered solar-PV systems on their homes or businesses. These small-scale systems generate clean and renewable energy used in the home or sent through the grid to be sold down the line.
The renewable-energy industry in Montana is growing and becoming established as one of the new job creators for our state. Two bills were introduced this legislative session that would have modernized our net-metering laws and helped to keep Montana competitive in the renewable energy market. House Bill 394 would have expanded the current limitation of one net meter per home and allowed for communities to buy into a larger, aggregate system and still receive the credit. Senate Bill 247 would have increased the current net-metering cap from 50 kilowatts to 100 kilowatts.
Both bills would have brought Montana in line with many other states that promote renewable-energy development and would have attracted greater investment in our economy through larger system installations.
Unfortunately a majority of our legislators still believe that expanding this industry and staying current with the technology is not good for Montana. Please let your representative or senator know that you support renewable energy in Montana because it is part of the solution, not part of the problem.
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