Accomplishing projects that decrease energy costs and promote sustainability is the priority of the City’s Energy Corps 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

  • Water Bottle Filling Station
    • The City, the Pollard Hotel, and recipients of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award are working together to install a water bottle filling station near the ATM at the corner of Broadway and 11th Street East. 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. Installation is expected in Spring 2020.
  • Catch the Rain
    • The City of Red Lodge is hosting a Catch the Rain Campaign for Red Lodge area residents from May 25 until June 15, 2020. In this window, you’ll get a chance to purchase most of the necessary materials to connect a rain barrel to your gutter system for a discounted price of $35 for one or $55 for two barrels. Commercially, rain barrels typically cost $100-$200 each. We were hoping to host an in person workshop for this campaign, but due to COVID-19 health concerns we will instead provide residents with the hardware kits and 55-gallon drums to convert and install the rain barrels on their own.
  • Expanded LED Streetlight Retrofit
    • The City and NorthWestern Energy have worked together to designate Red Lodge as one of the first towns to benefit from an LED retrofit of every light in town the utility owns. The decorative lights on Broadway from 8-14th street were retrofitted in December 2019, and the City replaced the city-owned lights that were out on 3rd-8th street with our own bulbs that match in color.
    • As shipments come in, NWE will finish the city-wide retrofit in early 2020. The City is expecting to save $9,000 annually on its energy bills. The project will also reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 3%.
    • NorthWestern Energy LED Retrofit of Red Lodge Fact Sheet
  • Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory
    • In 2017, the Energy Corps member collected data on community-wide greenhouse gas emissions data from 2016. The current Energy Corps member is writing up a report from that data to distribute to community groups. A baseline inventory like this is an essential starting point to any long term community resiliency planning that Red Lodge may engage in. Climate SMART Montana has examples of Community Climate Action Plans in the state.
  • Wastewater & Water Treatment Plant LED Retrofit
    • The Energy Corps member is currently overseeing the retrofit of all lighting in our Wastewater and Water Treatment facilities to LED. This will save the City over $2,000 annually with a payback period just over 2 years. This project will be help the City reach its goal of converting all City-owned lighting to LED by 2022.
  • Solar System on City Hall and Police Station
    • The Energy Corps member is working with a Sustainability Board committee to apply for a grant from NorthWestern Energy to cover 80-90% of the costs of a 28 kW array on the City’s Police Station. This would help offset 100% of the electricity from both buildings, an estimated $4,200 value annually with a 3 year payback period from the matching funds for the grant.