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  • ‘Solar for Good’ offers grants to 16 Wisconsin nonprofit organizations to install solar energy

    Urban Milwaukee – Dec 18, 2017

    RENEW Wisconsin’s Solar for Good program, funded by Deerfield-based philanthropists Cal and Laurie Couillard, will issue grants to 16 Wisconsin nonprofit organizations that seek to install solar electric systems on their buildings. The 16 grants would support a total of 573 kilowatts (kW) of new solar electric projects, planned for installation in 2018. The total value of all of the solar projects would exceed $1.2 million.

    A diverse group of nonprofit organizations expects to receive the solar grants, including a food pantry in Verona, an organization that serves homeless veterans in Racine, and several houses of worship including a mosque, a synagogue, and a church.

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  • Merrillan signs deal to add solar to electric usage

    River Valley Media Group – Dec 17, 2017

    The village of Merrillan recently signed an agreement with OneEnergy Renewables to purchase solar energy from a solar farm project in Cashton, which is expected to reduce electric rates for its residents.

    The deal is part of a larger project between the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group (UMMEG), OneEnergy and Organic Valley that will provide 29 megawatts of low-cost solar energy to 13 municipalities across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa…

    The deal would also provide long-term price benefits for Merrillan.

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  • We Energies’ Gale Klappa flips the switch for solar energy

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Dec 15, 2017

    In his second stint as CEO of WEC Energy Group, Gale Klappa readily acknowledges that, relative to many other public power utilities, his company has been slow to see the light of solar energy.

    However, that’s about to change in a big, bright way.

    The Milwaukee-based parent company of We Energies recently announced it will close coal-burning plants in Pleasant Prairie and Green Bay in 2018.

    In their place, WEC Energy Group plans to build natural gas-fired plants in Marinette, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and other sites and will invest $460 million in two new solar energy farms that will generate 350 megawatts of power in Wisconsin.

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  • Three Efforts That Showcase Wisconsin’s Solar Energy Expansion

    Milwaukee Public Radio – Nov 9, 2017

    Pewaukee-based developer Matt Neumann admits he might appear to be an unlikely advocate for solar energy. His political roots are deep, and conservative.

    “When I got into solar, I found myself in the extreme minority of Republicans or conservatives who thought solar was a good idea. As a matter of fact, a lot of people thought I was crazy,” Neumann explains. “Now we’re cost-competitive, and Republicans and Democrats agree that they want to do the right thing for the environment.”

    Tyler Huebner, with RENEW Wisconsin, agrees the politics around renewable energy are changing. “And one of the reasons,” he explains, “is job growth.”

    The 2016 National Solar Jobs Census reports more than 260,000 jobs nationwide are related to solar energy, with Wisconsin being home to nearly 3,000.

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  • For Milwaukee Muslims, solar is an act of faith and service

    Midwest Energy News – Oct 30th, 2017

    Nearly a year ago, the Dawah Center began a project to put solar panels on its roof, another initiative that would help fulfill the Koran’s teachings about protecting the environment, Clark says… Dawah Center executive director Will Perry envisions not only solar providing electricity but also a solar thermal installation that would warm the tiles through pipes under the floor where they pray. He was inspired by the idea after a pilgrimage to Mecca, where he saw a similar system cooling the floor against the Saudi Arabian heat.

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  • Organic Valley launches community solar partnership to be 100 percent renewably powered by 2019

    PR Newswire – Oct 25, 2017

    Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, today announced a first-of-its-kind community partnership that will enable Organic Valley to become the largest food company in the world to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. In doing so, Organic Valley is embarking on an aggressive path to become carbon neutral.

    Solar Panels and Wind Turbines at Organic Valley’s Cashton Office Building
    Solar Panels and Wind Turbines at Organic Valley’s Cashton Office Building
    “Our future demands bold new thinking about our sources of energy, and there is nothing more natural to a farmer than harnessing the power of the sun and the wind,” said George Siemon, CEO and a founding farmer of Organic Valley. “So our cooperative is committed to achieving 100 percent renewable power, and doing it in partnership with the rural communities where we live and work.”

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