RENEW Wisconsin’s Solar for Good program has issued 36 grants to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations to install new solar-electric systems. Altogether, these grants will total more than $445,000 and lead to more than $4.5 million in new solar investment.
The new solar arrays, planned for installation over the next year, will add 2.13 megawatts of new solar power to Wisconsin’s electric mix. This round of funding featured a diverse group of awardees from every part of Wisconsin.
The winning projects include Beloit College, which will convert a former coal-fired power plant into a carbon-neutral student activity center, complete with solar electric and geothermal heating; Sawyer County Housing Authority, which will install solar arrays on six multi-family, low-income housing facilities, directly offsetting their residents’ utility bills; and Primates Inc., a sanctuary for retired primates from the research and film industry, which plans to construct a 30-kilowatt array for their habitats near Westfield.
RENEW’s fall 2018 funding period builds on the success of Solar for Good’s previous rounds in fall 2017 and spring 2018. During the first and second funding rounds, RENEW issued more than $200,000 in grants, helping 23 Wisconsin-based nonprofits invest more than $1.67 million in new solar projects.
The Solar for Good program is primarily funded by philanthropists Cal and Laurie Coulliard of Deerfield. Solar for Good grants fund up to 20 percent of an organization’s solar installation. RENEW plans to issue another round of grant-funding in spring 2019. For more information, visit www.renewwisconsin.org.
RENEW Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization promoting renewable energy in Wisconsin. They work on policies and programs that support solar power, wind power, biogas, local hydropower, geothermal energy and electric vehicles.