Governor Gianforte Cuts Ribbon on New American-Made Energy Facility

Governor's Office
  • October 03 2023

DILLON, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte this morning cut the ribbon on Clēnera’s Apex Solar project, celebrating a new source of American-made energy in Montana.

“We’re ramping up energy production in Montana with our all-of-the-above approach, from wind, to oil and gas, to solar, to hydropower,” Gov. Gianforte said. “We’ll continue to promote innovation and reduce burdensome regulations to be a leader in energy production and attract job creators like Clēnera to Montana.”

“With more American-made energy in Montana, we’ll also reduce our reliance on foreign energy sources and bring down the cost of energy for Montanans,” he continued.

Apex Solar Project

Gov. Gianforte and Clēnera co-founder and CEO Jason Ellsworth cutting the ribbon on the Apex Solar project

Developed, constructed, and operated by Clēnera, a subsidiary of Enlight Renewable Energy, the 600-acre facility is now one of the largest in Montana.

It will provide NorthWestern Energy's Montana customers with additional carbon-free power through a 20-year power purchase agreement.

“The power generated at the Apex Solar Farm will serve Montanans as a reliable and clean source of energy for many years to come,” said Jason Ellsworth, co-founder and CEO of Clēnera. “This project is another step forward for Clēnera in putting new technologies into operation at a large scale. We have enjoyed getting plugged into the Dillon community and look forward to more opportunities to bring utility-scale solar projects online in the Treasure State.”

Representative Tom Welch, R-Dillon, echoed Ellsworth, adding, “This project has been a great one for southwest Montana.”

The installation of 198,300 modules will supply 80 megawatts of alternating current, powering 13,500 homes.

Two-thirds of Montana’s electricity generation is renewable.