Energy and Sustainability Consulting

Our Approach: 

 We are enthusiastic with our goals but conservative with your money.  We think that energy efficiency and renewable energy systems are smart directions when planning a new project.  We bring many years of experience to your project.  We've seen a lot of different approaches over the years and don't get distracted by new or under-developed ideas.  We tend to stick with the basics, such as siting & massing, energy conservation measures and reliable equipment. 

We are rigorous in our approach.  We have developed a process that encorporates a strong knowledge of thermodynamics, weather patterns, building assemblies, construction costs and equipment performance.  We have followed the technical literature since the mid 1970's and use that knowledge for your benefit.


  • Consulting on building design to optimize energy performance.
  • Energy Audits of existing buildings.
  • Computerized energy analysis and construction costing.
  • Economic and energy analysis of PV and Solar Thermal energy systems.
  • Sustainable materials evaluation and selection.
  • Public sector project evaluations.
  • Public policy studies.


Chinese style Solar Greenhouse

 Imagine, as a market gardener, growing fresh, organic food all year in Montana without any fossil fuels. Tomatoes into November and December, new greens starting in February. These off season crops offer higher profit margins because the alternative for consumers is the tired produce in the grocery stores.

The Chinese started developing solar greenhouses in the 1970's and now have over 3 million acres of them.  Their mature design grows vegetables year-round and is energy self sufficient up to the 42nd parallel.

We are currently working with a Montana market gardener to build a commercial solar greenhouse next year. Our goals are to use the Chinese model and proportions but adapt to our local materials and building practices.  We know that the building will have to perform well, but also be inexpensive enough to make the economics work.

Please call or write if you have interest in a similar project.




Jim Baerg Montana Energy+Design
223 S. 5th St.
Livingston, MT 59047