The National Affordable Housing Network of southwestern Montana is preparing to build a total of 48 new homes to create a subdivision in the town of Whitehall.
Within the next month the National Affordable Housing Network will start constructing multiple homes right here in Whitehall, but these structures won't be your ordinary residences.
For one of the first times in the country's history, a solar panel subdivision will be built in a cold-weather climate.
"Whitehall is a beautiful community," said Barbara Miller from the N.A.H.N. "This particular subdivision is so unusual because it has both excellent solar and wind resources here."
The housing network will be building 48 homes in the subdivision.
Each home will be equipped with solar panels to help power the home and reduce energy costs.
"Each family uses a different amount of energy, but if you know how much energy you use and you buy enough solar to cover that, then you could have an energy bill that is zero," said Miller.
The subdivision is known as Mountain Horizons.
Each home will be solar compatible.
Homeowners will have a chance to purchase packages that will determine the amount of panels placed on the residence.
"The house itself doesn't have to have solar on it," Miller said. "A car port in the back can be the solar location. The house can also have it so the full solar array is on it. Or it could have a starter solar array so that some energy is generated, but it's not full solar generation."
The homes are mostly available for families with low incomes.
The national affordable housing network says they plan to start construction of the first eight homes within a month.
The N.A.H.N will be hosting a meeting on the subdivision next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Whitehall Community Center.