How Much Would Your Solar Electric System Cost?

NorthWestern Energy Utility Bill for solar electric system design SBS Solar designs custom solar electric systems with your lifestyle and budget as our primary focus.

 

One of the best ways to size a solar electric system is to look at your utility power bill. On the NorthWestern Energy … Read More...

Low Income Housing Receives Solar Grant

 

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Council Groves 48kW Solar Electric System Received USB (Universal Service Benefit) Grant

The SBS Solar team recently installed a 48kW solar electric system for Council Groves Apartments in Missoula MT.  Currently Council Groves Apartments maintains 72 units of low-income … Read More...

Solar panels require a tracking system to follow the angle of the sun Solar Myth #12 – Busted

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Fact: Though tracking mechanisms can provide efficiency gains for your solar electric system, they typically do not increase efficiency enough to justify the additional … Read More...

Solar panels don’t work well in cold climates. Solar Myth #11 – Busted

Fact: Solar panels work with light, not heat so it doesn’t matter how cold it gets outside.

Fact: Solar panels work with light, not heat so it doesn’t matter how cold it gets outside.

Solar Myth # 11 Myth: Solar panels don’t work well in cold climates.

Fact: Solar panels work with light, not heat so it … Read More...

Solar Myth #2 – Busted

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Myth #2  Solar doesn’t work in Montana

Fact:  Montana is a great state for Solar.  Solar electric systems have been installed and working in Montana for over thirty-plus years.  Our first company Sunelco helped to make many of these systems … Read More...

Solar Myth #1 – Busted

 

Solar Myth#1: Solar panels are too expensive.

Fact: Solar energy pricing is at an all time low according to reports released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Installing a solar electric system on your home increases resale … Read More...

Typical Components of a Solar Electric System

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The typical components of your solar electric system:

Solar PV Panels — Generate DC electricity

Inverter — Converts the DC to standard AC electricity that is compatible with the electrical grid and capable of powering electrical devices.

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Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) Modules and Snow in Montana

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It is December in Montana.  We received our first snowfall that stayed with us.  Temperatures have dipped.  We received a call:  “Help.  It is a beautiful day outside and my inverter is in nighttime mode.”  We asked if there was … Read More...

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