Accomplishing projects that decrease energy costs and promote sustainability is the priority of the City Sustainability Coordinator. Management plans for completed projects and an update on projects that are in progress can be found below.

Completed Projects

Projects In-Progress

  • Solarize 59068
    • Solarize 59068 is a community campaign that secures fair pricing and helps people in zipcode 59068 install solar. Solarize  59068 connects residents and businesses with a vetted solar installer and provides special group pricing on solar installs from April 3 to August 23, 2019.
    • To learn more and sign up for your free site assessment, go to solarizeredlodge.com
  • Pride Park Water Bottle Filling Station
    • The City, the Garden Club, and recipients of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award are working together to install a water bottle filling station in Pride Park. The filling station would allow tourists and locals to fill personal water bottles instead of purchasing bottled water, which would reduce Red Lodge’s reliance on single-use plastics.
  • Lions Park Lighting Retrofit
    • Thanks to a partnership between the City of Red Lodge, Beartooth Electric Co-op, and Red Lodge Ice, the light poles and fixtures at Lions Park are being upgraded. This project includes new utility grade light poles, LED light fixtures, and a timer system that will allow the lights to be turned on only as needed, as opposed to all night long. This project will benefit the Ice Skating Rink and the City by producing much better quality light and cheaper electric bills. It is anticipated that the new lighting at Lions Park will save the City $140 annually.
  • SolSmart Designation
    • The City Planner, Sustainability Coordinator, and The National Renewable Energy Lab are working together to get Red Lodge designated as a SolSmart community. SolSmart is a nation-wide program sponsored by the US Department of Energy that recognizes communities who promote the local expansion of solar energy. It works to decrease the soft-costs of solar installations and helps City officials understand how their code and zoning laws relate to solar energy.
  • Solar Panel Installation at the Red Lodge Carnegie Library
    • The Red Lodge Carnegie Library has partnered with the City Sustainability Coordinator to install a solar photovoltaic system on the Library rooftop. The project will cost $28,000, but the City was recently awarded a grant from NorthWestern Energy Efficiency Plus (E+) Renewable Energy Program. This program is established with Universal System Benefits Program funds collected from all NorthWestern electric customers in the State of Montana, and will cover 90% of the project costs. The Library will soon being a fundraising campaign to cover their 10% match.
    • The Mayor’s letter of support for this initiative can found here.
  • Expanded LED Streetlight Retrofit
    • The City and NorthWestern Energy are currently discussing how to retrofit the 24 decorative streetlights on Broadway. If the retrofit takes place, our streetlight energy bills will decrease by $4,000 per year.