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Solar Energy in Montana

Solar Panels in Montana

There are currently at least 61 solar panel installations throughout the state of Montana right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in Montana

The average monthly solar radiation level in Montana's capital city, Helena, of 4.7 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 26% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 29% less than the average level of 6.6 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Montana values listed here are based on the capital, Helena.

Solar Radiation in Montana

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Montana solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Montana values listed here are based on the capital, Helena.

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Solar Installs in Montana

Solar Panel Installations in Montana

A look at solar installs in Montana. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in MT vs. the cumulative install total of rest of MT counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in Montana

There are currently at least 61 solar panel installations throughout the state of Montana right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in Montana
    • Gallatin County: 8 solar installs
    • Ravalli County: 6 solar installs
    • Lewis and Clark County: 5 solar installs
    • Yellowstone County: 4 solar installs
    • Teton County: 3 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 35 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in Montana

Montana Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in Montana averaged 11.46 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in August 2017, which was approximately 13% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.19¢/kWh in August. [2]

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Montana Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in Montana averaged $11.64 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in August 2017, which was about 36% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $18.09 per Mcf in August. [3]

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More about Montana

About Montana

Montana ranks 43rd among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 989,415. [4]

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Solar Energy in MT

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in Montana, or for additional solar-related resources in MT, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Cities in Montana

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