Free DIY Solar PV Workshop

12/23/2015 13:30

I'm installing a solar PV system on my roof this winter.  Across town, Linda Mahr is putting her system on a backyard trellis. As we work through these installations, we'd like to invite you to stop by, get a tour and ask any questions.

If you'd like to be notified, please e-mail me at  and I will put you on the list.

More information about my system can be found at:

223 DIY PV install.pptx (7342163)

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