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Proposed Solar Development Lease

Proposed Solar Development Lease near Billings, MT


The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has entered into an Option to Lease with MTSun, LLC on portions of two sections of school Trust land northwest of Billings for the potential development of a utility scale photovoltaic (PV) solar power generation facility. The Trust land included in the project is described as a portion of Sections 8 and 10, T1N, R25E and is generally located along the south side of Alkali Creek Road, east of Highway 3. The proposed development also includes private land on the north side of Alkali Creek Road. The proponent is proposing to install track mounted PV panels that rotate on a single axis to follow the direction of the sun to maximize power production.


Trust Land Vicinity Map

Proposed Site Layout

What is Next

Last updated June 27, 2017

The proponent, MTSun, LLC, currently has a rate case before the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) and the current timeline is for the PSC to issue a decision on or before July 10th, 2017. 

A draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed project is currently being prepared.  Upon its completion, the draft EIS will be made available to the public for review and comment and there will also be a public meeting scheduled.  At this time, we do not have a known date for release of the draft EIS or public meeting. However, all parties who provided public comment during the previous scoping period, as well as all other interested parties that previously received a scoping notice from the DNRC, will be notified when the draft EIS is available for review and comment. Additionally, the draft EIS will be posted on this webpage for public review.

After public comments have been received and considered, the DNRC will either adopt the draft EIS as the final EIS or prepare a separate final EIS document. The DNRC decision maker will then determine if it is appropriate to issue a Record of Decision. 

If you would like to be added to the Interested Parties list to receive notifications on this project, please email your request to .

For other questions about the project, please contact Jeff Bollman at or 406-247-4404.


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