Energy Audits

In-depth energy tune-ups that analyze energy usage, identify energy saving opportunities, identify renewable energy options, and estimate project costs.

NCAT Audit Team


Our team of engineers, scientists, and certified solar designers approach buildings and businesses holistically.
We work with building owners and operators to scope energy audits based on their budget, timeline, operational concerns, and energy goals.
We analyze the heating, ventilation, and cooling systems (HVAC), motors, pumps, refrigeration, building shell, and lighting systems, and evaluate the site for potential alternative energy or fuel-switching opportunities.

We have extensive experience auditing:

  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Schools and campuses
  • Offices
  • Breweries
  • Hotels
  • Nursing homes
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Industrial facilities
  • Retail and Convenience Stores

“We budgeted $ 1.5 million for electricity for 2019 based on projected increase in operations and facility usage. We had NCAT do an energy audit in the fall of 2018. From that we implemented several suggestions with very little out of pocket cost. We are on track to spend $1.3 million for 2019 from the substantial energy savings from those suggestion and we will implement some more suggestions in 2020. NCAT’s suggestions are obviously very helpful to us.”
~ Tim Chopp, St. Patrick Hospital Facilities Manager

Energy Efficiency Program
The purpose of the Energy Efficiency Program (“EEP”) is to assist Montana healthcare facilities identify energy efficiency savings and provide an opportunity to significantly reduce operating costs while upgrading capital systems. The Montana Facility Finance Authority provides funding for the audits which are administered and conducted by the National Center for Appropriate Technologies (NCAT).

Apply for up to $15,000 toward an audit and learn how to start saving on your energy costs!

Available to nonprofit organizations such as:
Hospitals, Senior Living Facilities, Group Homes, Prerelease Facilities, Clinics

Top Reasons to Apply:
Audits performed by a professional engineer

Receive a full report with recommendations

Upgrade your facility with optimal technology

Reduce operating costs over time

Average savings potential: $210,000 over 15 years

Every grant requires a 10% financial match from the participating applicants. The match is used to fund future energy efficiency grants throughout Montana.

Application Process
An eligible hospital interested in obtaining an Energy Efficiency grant should download the Grant Application Package here and submit it to MFFA@mt.gov. For questions or comments, reach out to Seth Lutter, Associate Director at 406.444.5435.

Rural Communities
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We specialize in rural facilities, communities, and energy supplies.

We operate rural energy audit programs in partnership with state and federal agencies, including:

The Energy Efficiency Program, a rural healthcare energy auditing program funded by the Montana Facility Finance Authority.

The Montana Resource Efficiency Program, a partnership with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, funded by the US EPA