PRESS RELEASE: GTRC to host “Solarize Golden Triangle” Earth Day event

Golden Triangle Resource Council shines a light on the ease, benefits of going solar

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Golden Triangle Resource Council (GTRC) is launching Solarize Golden Triangle, a project created to make it easier and more cost effective for property owners to install solar.

GTRC is hosting a launch event for the Solarize campaign on Saturday, April 22nd – Earth Day – at 2 pm at Annie’s Taphouse (112 Central Avenue) in Great Falls. The event is free and open to all.

Using a community-based group purchasing model, Solarize Golden Triangle strives to ensure a streamlined, hassle-free process utilizing a reputable, Montana-based solar installer chosen via a competitive bidding process.

GTRC is an affiliate of Northern Plains Resource Council, a statewide conservation and family agriculture group. Solarize Golden Triangle is building on several successful Solarize campaigns conducted across Montana through other Northern Plains affiliates in communities including Glendive, Lewistown, Helena, Livingston, Red Lodge, and Billings.

“We are very excited to bring this tried and true Solarize project to the Golden Triangle region,” said Jess Stiles, vice chair of GTRC. “We know that many people want to save money on their power bills by creating their own energy, but it’s hard to know where to start. This program takes the worry and guesswork out of the process.”

By “going solar” at the same time as other neighbors, Solarize campaigns provide participants the opportunity to access guaranteed pricing levels. The program also simplifies what can be a complex and confusing array of choices while connecting property-owners with a Montana solar installation company – Bozeman Green Build – who was pre-selected by local community members.

The April 22nd launch party will include representatives from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and Bozeman Green Build. They will be on hand to present information and answer questions to help attendees learn whether solar could be right for their home or business.

“Even if you’re simply curious to learn more about solar, our Earth Day launch party is a great opportunity to see what options are available,” continued Stiles.

Anyone living in Cascade, Teton, Chouteau, and Pondera Counties who owns their home, ranch, or commercial property is eligible to participate in the program.

Solarize Golden Triangle will provide participants with detailed information about financing tools including low-interest state and federal lending and grant programs. Agricultural producers and small businesses may also be eligible for guaranteed loan financing or grant funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For questions about the event or the Solarize project, contact Golden Triangle Resource Council at (406) 248-1154 or visit NorthernPlains.org/GTRC-Solarize.

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