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Montana solar project in disrepair but still producing power

May 7, 2019

REED POINT, Mont. (AP) — A Montana solar project has fallen into disrepair but is still generating power.

The Billings Gazette reports that the River Bend Solar project’s motors designed to tilt the panels sunward malfunctioned in recent months.

The 16-acre (six-hectare) project in Reed Point owned by Enerparc Inc. of Oakland, California, went online in 2017 with more than 8,000 solar panels.

One section has collapsed and several banks of panels no longer face the sun at the array in the town 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of Billings.

A company official says Enerparc is working with a contractor to fix the array.

The project is one of three Enerparc facilities in Montana that qualify for a fixed priced and contract with South Dakota-based NorthWestern Energy, the state’s largest monopoly utility.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com