SUN Community Solar
The SUN Program is SOLD OUT!
Flathead Electric thanks all members who joined us in the Solar Utility Network (SUN), Montana’s first community solar project. Your investment in solar power is a positive look to our future. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for a potential second phase of the project, please call us at 406-751-1875.
How does it work?
It’s like a community garden, planted with solar panels.
Flathead Electric Co-op built a solar array on behalf of our members. Members enrolled in the project by purchasing one or more panels. The SUN panels are located in a sunny location on Whitefish Stage Road, visible to the public and on property owned by Flathead Electric.
Solar Utility Network FAQs
Yes. Flathead Electric Cooperative members are adding solar power each year. Even as far north as we are, our area receives similar solar exposure to Germany, the world’s leader in solar energy. We have had a small residential size solar array at our headquarters since 2009 demonstrating that solar works in our service territory.
All Flathead Electric members (anyone who pays a bill to Flathead Electric) were invited to participate by purchasing panels. Participants range from businesses and nonprofit groups to individual households.
Flathead Electric’s SUN Program provides an easy and affordable way for members to participate in a solar energy project and support renewable energy development. Participants receive a monthly credit on their electric bill for the electricity generated by their portion of the project.
It is located at our substation at 1840 Whitefish Stage Road in Kalispell.
The first array of 356 panels in the Solar Utility Network (SUN) is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for a potential second phase of the project, please call us at 406-751-1875.
Each panel equates to 285 watts of installed solar power which is projected to produce 359 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually. This projection is calculated based on our experience with our existing solar demonstration array and others in our service territory, but will vary slightly year to year.
At our current mid-tier residential energy rate of $0.0749 the annual total of the monthly bill credits should equal about $26.97. This value will change if our rates change over time. We will apply the energy credit based on actual production of the whole system each month.