Solar is the Montana way and Montanans deserve the freedom to make their own energy choices. By removing obstacles that restrict energy choices, we’ll create good jobs and protect our way of life while powering our homes and businesses with affordable, homegrown solar energy. The Solar Jobs and Energy Freedom Act (HB 504) will enable Montanans to make their own energy choices, create good jobs and protect our way of life while powering our homes and businesses with affordable, homegrown solar energy. Solar is the Montana way.
This bill removes barriers to solar energy growth, including:
- Raising the cap on a net metered system to 1 megawatt, giving homeowners, farmers and businesses the freedom to purchase a solar system that meets their needs;
- Giving more Montanans access to affordable solar energy through community solar projects that allow those who rent or live in a home not suitable for a solar array to have the choice to invest in a local solar project and receive credits that reduce their energy bill;
- Giving farmers and ranchers the freedom to choose a solar system that meets all their energy needs by allowing for net-metering credits to be applied across multiple meters;
- Helping Montanans struggling to pay their utility bills by requiring NorthWestern Energy to apply left over net metering credits to low-income bill assistance.