Grow Solar Central Wisconsin 4.0 Launches

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) has partnered with Mid-State Technical College to launch Grow Solar Central Wisconsin 4.0. Throughout the summer and early fall, seminars known as Solar Power Hours are scheduled, along with outreach from Northwind Renewable Energy to share educational in­formation about solar and, through the power of group purchasing, lower the price of solar for property owners in Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, and Wood Counties.

According to organizers, “This is your opportunity to participate in a high-quality, simplified, and unique ex­perience provided at a price that is below our installer’s regular market price. Solar is a long-term and reliable investment that can help in lowering or even eliminat­ing your monthly utility bill, while increasing the value of your home and creating a multitude of benefits for our community and environment.”

Past years of the Grow Solar Central Wisconsin program showed that Wisconsin residents are ready for their own renewable energy systems. Since 2017, 130 home and business owners installed solar on their properties through the program. These arrays are calculated to reduce 1.67 million pounds of carbon emissions by avoiding 0.83 million pounds (over four rail cars) of coal consumption in their first year alone. This is equivalent to the annual carbon sequestration of 988 acres of U.S. forests.

Solar energy also helps lower the cost of utility bills. The systems installed through the 2019 Grow So­lar Central Wisconsin program will yield an average yearly utility savings of $48,620 in the first year for the property owners.

Due to the ongoing health concerns, the education­al sessions and outreach have a virtual presence, so those interested can learn about the basics of solar and its financial implications from the comfort of their homes.

Existing solar owners can also benefit from the pro­gram by taking advantage of options to make their systems more resilient through battery storage, along with other options.

Those who attended a webinar last year are also encouraged to participate this year by signing up for a free, no-obligation site assessment with Northwind Solar. Those interested must also attend one of the free virtual Solar Power Hours before scheduling a free site assessment through this program.

In August, Solar Power Hours are available on the following dates and times:

Monday, August 3: 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, August 13: Noon-1 p.m.

Wednesday, August 19: 2-3 p.m.

Friday, August 28: 6-7 p.m.

After attending a Solar Power Hour, attendees can register for the free, no-obligation site assessment from Northwind Solar by contacting Jordan Kaiser at jordan@northwindre.com or by calling 715-630-6451.

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