Already 12 homeowners in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI, have signed up for a total 52 kilowatts of solar power through the Milwaukee Shines and Solar Tosa solar group purchasing programs. That’s surpassed the 50 kW goal the programs had meaning that all the homeowners that signed up will receive rebates for their rooftop solar systems.
“Wisconsin’s solar market is growing,” said Peter Murphy Solar Program Manager at Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). “We keep seeing more and more homes and businesses producing their own electricity through solar.”
Milwaukee recently achieved status as a SolSmart community after taking steps to make it easier for people to go solar in the region. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) also transferred $7.7 million in reenable energy loan funds to solar rebates recently, making it less expensive to go solar in Wisconsin.
“I’ve been saving up for this for 17 years,” said Kateri Dupuis of Milwaukee, who is participating in the program this year. “Now that it’s affordable, I can do my part towards promoting environmental sustainability.”
The latest campaign builds on last year’s success with Milwaukee and the Village of Shorewood. That program led to 52 solar installations in the areas, totaling 174 kW of solar for homes and businesses.
In launching a Solar Group Buy Program, also often known as a Solarize campaign, the organizers like Milwaukee and MREA partner with selected local installers to educate the public about solar power and to use the power of volume purchasing to reduce the costs of materials for a solar array. In this case SunVest Solar and Current Electric will install the solar rooftops.
“MREA handles all the logistics of the Power Hours and program management and checks in weekly with the solar installer, and community members and local businesses help spread the word about solar in their community,” said Murphy.
As part of the Milwaukee Shines program is hosting Solar Power Hour informational sessions, the last of which will occur on Aug. 30. The program is supported by a grant from The Brookby Foundation. Residents can learn more at SolarTosa.com and SolarMKE.com.Tweet