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Located at Simms Fishing Products Headquarters west of Bozeman, MT in Gallatin County.
The 44.35 kW rooftop solar installation at Simms Fishing Products Headquarters west of Bozeman, MT in Gallatin County was constructed by Independent Power Systems and came online in Feb 2013. The system consists of 144 SunPower 308 watt panels and four 11.4 kW Fronius inverters.
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From the Independent Power Systems website:
When SIMMS moved their headquarters and production into their near location on Jack Rabbit Lane they decided to invest in solar for their new building. For SIMMS the decision to invest in solar was for more than just the financial benefits, they also wanted to do their part to assure clean air and water for the fish their business depends on. Their system is comprised of (144) SunPower 308W panels.
During 2012, SIMMS moved into its 62,000 sq. ft. headquarters west of Bozeman, MT, which also houses production and warehouse operations. Independent Power Systems (IPS) completed the installation of their 44.35 kW SunPower solar system in February, 2013. The solar array is a capstone in SIMMS energy management solutions and offsets 20% of their energy consumption. (Note: Montana‚Äôs current net meter laws limit solar PV systems to 50kW in size per customer / per net meter.)
As a testament to the quality and efficiency of products and services IPS provides, to date the system is outperforming projected production estimates by 4%. This directly translates to a 4% increase in SIMM‚Äôs energy savings and over time adds another $11K to SIMM‚Äôs bottom line. Win-win for the customer and IPS!
(144) SunPower 308 watt panels
(4) 11.4 kW Fronius inverters
Est. 25-year production: 1,218,838 kWh
Est. avg cost/kWh: 25 yrs [$0.05]; 40 yrs [$0.02]
Net 25-year savings $218,495
‚ÄúAs the leading manufacturer of waders and related apparel for the fishing industry, we‚Äôve been trying to conserve energy and do the right thing for the environment, which is such a big part of our business.‚Äù ‚Äì Robert Gibson, Sr., Dir. of Operations ‚Äì SIMMS