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

  • Variable Frequency Drive Upgrades at the Wastewater Treatment Plant
    • VFD’s are motor controller systems that attach to electric motors and control the frequency and voltage that is supplied to the motor. Once installed, they drive down the amount of energy used by the electric motor and reduce energy costs. Thanks to the Public Works Department, two VFD’s have been purchased and will soon be installed at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. A rebate from NorthWestern Energy will decrease the installation costs.
  • Solar Panel Installation at the Red Lodge Carnegie Library
    • The Red Lodge Carnegie Library has partnered with the City Sustainability Coordinator to look into the feasibility of installing a solar photovoltic system on the Library rooftop. A grant has been identified and is being applied for.
  • 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.