Energy Teams Up with Missoula Non-Profit to Install Largest Solar Electric
System in Montana
MISSOULA, MT — Downtown Missoula’s newest
affordable rental housing opened its doors in February. The Gold Dust
Apartments, developed by Missoula-based nonprofit
homeWORD, offers 18
units at affordable prices in a centrally located area within walking distance
of downtown attractions and public transit.
The Missoula-based architectural firm, MacArthur, Means & Wells, which
specializes in sustainable planning and alternative building techniques,
designed the Gold Dust Apartments. Along with the sixteen-kilowatt solar
electric system which will produce more than one third of the electric energy
supply for the building, the Gold Dust offers 23 energy-efficient and
sustainable features. The solar electric system was designed and installed by
The apartment complex features such energy-efficiency and sustainable features
such as in-slab radiant concrete floors, high efficiency fluorescent lighting,
Energy Star clothes washers and gas-fired clothes dryers, water conserving
plumbing fixtures, wheatboard cabinets and recycled materials throughout the
The Gold Dust received support from
Energy in the form of a grant from the Universal System Benefits Fund
for energy upgrades, including the solar electric system, energy efficient
lighting, and energy efficient washers and dryers.
For more information on the Gold Dust Apartments, contact Ren Essene:
Habitat for Humanity Puts Sun to Work
Habitat for Humanity isn't just concerned
about putting a roof over peoples' heads, now it's putting those roofs – and the
sun – to work in making the homes more efficient, according to a copyrighted
story in the May 25
Standard reporter Janine Jobe writes that about 10 homes around the 900 block of
Nevada are being fitted with state-of-the-art solar systems that will actually
be putting energy back into the power grid.
The systems were part of a grant from NorthWestern Energy and cost about $9,000
apiece if volunteers do the installation.
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