Solar Panels in Reserve, MT: Solar Companies, Cost, and Installation

We're here to help you determine whether a solar power system is worth it in Reserve, Montana. We'll also answer your questions about how it works and which solar providers and installers are available. See the topics below:

Cost of Solar Panels in Reserve, MT

The figures below show the total cost of solar power in Reserve and the estimated payback or break-even period. The numbers below assumes you want to buy the system outright. You can also get a loan, lease the system, or set up a “power purchase agreement” (PPA). Learn more about payment options.

Residential 5 kW system

Estimated system cost: $20,950

(-) Federal tax credit: 30% with no maximum


Final cost after tax credits: $14,665

Est. energy savings per year: $840

Time to recover costs: 17 years 5 months

30-year savings: $10,535

Commercial 50 kW system

Estimated system cost: $193,500

(-) Federal tax credit: 30% with no maximum


Final cost after tax credits: $135,450

Est. energy savings per year: $8,397

Time to recover costs: 16 years 2 months

30-year savings: $116,451

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Sources

State discounts are not calculated due to complex pricing, frequent change, and individual variations such as the property taxes on your home or business. Overall, financial incentives in most of Montana are good, so expect to pay less vs. the above. All partner solar power companies will help you determine which incentives you qualify for. You may either request a quote by clicking above or try checking for state solar incentives on DSIRE.org's site here.

Solar Power Companies in Reserve, MT

The following companies do solar power installation and financing in Montana.

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While you can install your own solar panels, it's definitely not easy. We strongly recommend working with a professional solar power installer. If you have professional construction and roofing experience feel free to read more about DIY systems.

Should You Get Solar in Reserve?

Obviously only you can decide, but we've collected the following pros and cons for getting solar at a Reserve home or business:

Pros

  • 30% federal incentive extended to 2019
  • Average grid electricity costs ($0.11 per kilowatt-hour) make solar viable
  • Quickly-rising electricity costs (+22% in the last 5 years)
  • Good state financial incentives (#9 out of 50)
  • Fair policy scores: interconnection (C) | net metering (C)

Cons

  • Below-average electrity usage (818 kWh per month) means fewer opportunities for savings
  • Moderate sunshine (3.5% below average)

Is solar worth it in Reserve, MT? Considering all of the above, we think so for most people. Solar is 18% less cost effective than the rest of the nation and will pay itself back in around 17 years 5 months for a home buyer. We like to see return times (without state incentives) under 20 years.

Sources

  • Electricity costs, rates of change, and usage from EIA.gov
  • Subsidies analyzed by DecisionData from state websites
  • State policy scores come from freeingthegrid.org
  • Sun data assumes equal zip code weight based on NREL data

Solar Power Savings by Month in Reserve

A 5kW system will save someone in Reserve up to $70.34 on an average month. That's significant given the average Montana power bill of $89.03 per month. Here’s a monthly breakdown:

MonthAvailable kW / m2 / dayMax savings / month
Jan2.23$34.37
Feb3.59$50.41
Mar4.44$68.35
Apr5.91$87.94
May5.80$89.32
Jun5.70$84.95
Jul6.50$100.07
Aug6.26$96.28
Sep5.58$83.12
Oct4.33$66.66
Nov3.06$45.57
Dec2.11$32.51

Data based on 1 zip in Reserve, MT. Data reliability is rated excellent.

Savings Methodology

We estimate savings with a system that is very efficient at 19% of energy captured with a standard 5% total system loss. System loss comes from both the unavoidable (system age, electrical dissipation in wiring and connections, etc.) and the avoidable (shade from trees, dust, etc.) Do note that the system will b e slightly less efficient as it ages, too.

For example, July is the highest-sun month in Reserve with an average of 6.50 kW per meter per day. An efficient 5 kW system will cover about 25 square meters depending on the roof. So, the following is the savings calculation for July in Reserve:

6.50 kW/m2 * 25m2 = 162.57 kW/day available

162.57 * 19% efficiency = 30.89 kW/day captured

30.89 kW * 95% system retention = 29.34 kW/day usable

29.34 kW * Montana average of $0.11 per kW * 30 days = up to $100.07 in savings in an average July.

These assumptions are very good for the average home in Reserve, but nothing beats the accuracy of getting your own quote.

Other Resources

Solar panel costs and savings: More info on how much solar costs and the factors that can influence your price.

Kilowatts and kilowatt hours: What are kilowatts and how do electric companies charge you?

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