Red Lodge Carnegie Library
  • Red Lodge Carnegie Library
    Red Lodge Carnegie Library

    Commercial Solar in Red Lodge

    In August 2019, Independent Power Systems installed an 11.455 kW commercial solar power system on the roof of the Red Lodge Carnegie Library in Red Lodge, Montana.

    Project Highlights

    Location: Red Lodge, Montana

    System Size: 11.455 kW

    Project Type: Commercial Solar

    Client: Red Lodge Carnegie Library


Independent Power Systems is proud to announce the completion of an 11.455 kilowatt (kW) commercial solar array on the roof of the Red Lodge Carnegie Library, just in time for its centennial year in 2020. The Red Lodge Carnegie solar project, also known as Library SunPower, resulted in the installation of (29) high-efficiency SunPower SPR-P19-395-COM solar panels on the roof of the historic building. Together, the panels are projected to offset 65% of the Library’s electricity usage and will save the City roughly $1,500 annually on energy bills. The system is estimated to produce 14,074 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. Real-time production numbers can be viewed via an educational display in the Library.

Prior to the installation of the solar array, the Library underwent a variety of energy efficiency upgrades, including the installation of all LED lighting, programmable thermostats, and occupancy sensors. As a result, these upgrades reduced the Library’s electrical usage and allowed the installation of a smaller, less expensive commercial solar power system.

The Library was awarded $24,377 in funding through the NorthWestern Energy E+ Renewable Energy Program for nonprofits and civic buildings, which covered 90% of the total project cost. The remaining investment came from community fundraising campaigns and a $1,000 Community Grantmaking award from the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation.

In the News:

Red Lodge Carnegie Library on Track to go Solar – Carbon County News

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Why Choose IPS?

  • We Strive to Be the Best

    Because the owner of Independent Power Systems is a Master Electrician and Engineer, delivering high-quality products with superior design is a founding principle of our company.

  • Free No-Pressure Estimate

    We don't believe in pressuring our customers to commit. We want what is best for you, your wallet, and our environment and we are happy to be your partner through the process.

  • Premium Products & Equipment

    We are a SunPower Elite Dealer and one of the only local companies offering the SunVault Battery. We are also the only Blue Ion and Humless dealer in all of Colorado!

  • Established Reputation

    IPS is one of the oldest solar companies in both Colorado and Montana. We focus on quality workmanship and will provide you with options to fit your budget and your need!

  • Wide Range of Battery Options

    We have the widest range of battery options in the state of Colorado! From AGM to SunPower and Blue Ion and more! We offer safe, long-lasting options that get the job done!

  • We Don't Do "Cookie Cutter" Systems

    We will work with you to build a custom system that will give you the most value and offer the most savings for your own personal situation.

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