Grants will be available to community organizations and housing developers through a competitive process and will fund up to 20-pct of a project's total cost. The city has reserved $10,000 for grants in 2019, but there is a resolution circulating among council members to add another $30,000.
The Backyard Solar program is an addition to the MadiSUN residential program, which helps homeowners put solar panels on their rooftops. The City also offers a program that includes $30,000 in rebates for businesses that install solar.
In 2017, Madison became the first city in Wisconsin to set a goal of 100 percent renewable energy and net-zero carbon emissions for both city operations and residents. (Source: City of Madison, 28 May, 2019) Contact: MadiSUN Program, https://madisunsolar.com; Renew Wisconsin, Heather Allen, program director for Renew Wisconsin, which administers the MadiSUN programs for the city, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, (608) 255-4044, www.renewwisconsin.org
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The program is primarily funded by philanthropists Cal and Laurie Coulliard of Deerfield.
In two earlier rounds of funding, RENEW Wisconsin issued more than $200,000 in grants, assisting 23 Wisconsin nonprofits invest in more than $1.67 million in solar projects that totaled 730 kilowatts of electricity.
The grants fund up to 20 pct of a not-for-profit organization's solar installation costs.
(Source: RENEW Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec., 2018)Contact: RENEW Wisconsin, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, (608) 255-4044, www.renewwisconsin.org
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The program, which issues cash rebates and financing for solar installations, helped nearly 80 homes and businesses since the program started in 2015.
The MadiSUN program aims to expand solar energy for homes and businesses. RENEW Wisconsin, a local nonprofit organization working to grow renewable energy statewide, administers the programs on behalf of the City. Since 2016, the City has expanded the number of solar installations on its own buildings while supporting residents to make similar investments. Madison in 2017 earned Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for its work to improve permitting and solar installation processes.
(Source: City of Madison, MadiSUN Website, WKOW, 16 May, 2018)Contact:
MadiSUN, 608.255.4044, https://madisunsolar.com; RENEW Wisconsin, 608.255.4044, www.renewwisconsin.org
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Specifically, the commission recommendations included: