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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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  • Solar*Connect Community solar garden in Eau Claire is now generating clean power

    Press Release – Oct 24th, 2017

    Construction is complete and the Eau Claire Solar* Connect Community one-megawatt solar garden is now generating clean, renewable energy for its subscribers.

    Xcel Energy, along with solar-developer Pristine Sun, the city of Eau Claire who owns the seven-acre property, and subscribers celebrated its completion at a ribbon-cutting today. More than 3,000 solar panels sit atop an abandoned landfill near the company’s Wisconsin headquarters on West Hamilton Avenue in the Sky Park Industrial Park.

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  • Xcel Cuts Ribbon On 1 MW Community Solar Project In Wisconsin

    Solar Industry Mag – October 24, 2017

    Xcel Energy has announced that a 1 MW community solar garden in Eau Claire, Wis., is now generating clean, renewable energy for project subscribers under the utility’s Solar*Connect Community program.

    Xcel Energy – along with the City of Eau Claire, which owns the seven-acre property, developer Pristine Sun, and subscribers – celebrated the project’s completion at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday. More than 3,000 solar panels sit atop an abandoned landfill near the utility’s Wisconsin headquarters on West Hamilton Avenue in the Sky Park Industrial Park…

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  • Clean Energy Jobs Midwest Report Released

    E2 and its partners recently released the Clean Jobs Midwest report. The survey found that Wisconsin is home to 26,382 clean energy jobs, with 4,207 jobs in solar. Between 2015-2016 clean energy jobs grew six times faster than overall jobs in the state. The report includes an interactive map that allows you to look up the number of clean energy jobs by county.

  • Former Packer, Joins Team Solar

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    Rob Davis

    Since my retirement from playing football, I find myself missing the camaraderie that comes from being a part of a team, the structure that it provided in my life, and the competition of athletics.  Working together for a common goal and having a great opportunity to reach individual potential is what always drew me into athletics and what I seek out in the next stage of my career.

    Competition continues to be a big part of my life — from lettering in high school sports, to playing for the Badgers in two Rose Bowl Championships as a walk on, to my 11 years with the Green Bay Packers culminating in a 2011 Super Bowl victory. These days my focus is a little broader than the next play — my wife, Sarah, and I both have demanding professional lives and we have two small children. Life is busy, but competition is still there — driving professional goals and friendly rivalries.

    Recently, we were invited by the local solar trade association to share our thoughts on rooftop solar and learn more about the billing proposals by three Wisconsin utilities. The more we learned, the more concerned we became.

    We learned people have benefited from solar panel prices falling nearly 70% in 5 years and no-money-down solar leases have driven hundreds of thousands of homeowners (in other states) to choose to generate a portion of their own power. And people want it — a recent bipartisan poll showed 93% of Wisconsinites believe they should have the right to put solar on their homes and pay for it however they choose.

    But rather than embracing solar and letting it compete for consumer choice, our utilities are proposing billing changes that will favor business as usual, sending our dollars ($12 billion annually) out of state to import energy resources.

    Just last month Fox News reported that people that choose solar on their home are seeing “up to an 80 percent reduction in energy costs.” Plus, with solar leasing, you set a fixed 20-year rate. By contrast, Wisconsin’s energy prices keep increasing at more than double the rate of inflation.

    Sarah and I want to look out for our family’s future — having the freedom to choose solar makes sense for us, and we feel it makes sense for Wisconsin. Just think what we could do if next year, only a portion of the $12 billion sent out of state for energy could be kept here in Wisconsin.  Today, just 0.02 percent of Wisconsin’s electricity comes from solar — let’s grow that number to one percent. Amazingly, this simple, fair, and conservative change would create thousands of jobs in Wisconsin’s solar industry.

    Let’s have the discussion—in a way, let’s give solar a shot at being a walk-on to Wisconsin’s energy team.
    We respect competition and the ability to make an informed decision. Our utilities are pushing billing proposals that would restrict our freedom to choose solar and stifle economic growth. Sarah and I have joined more than 1,000 Wisconsinites asking state officials to give Wisconsin solar energy a chance to compete.  Go to

    Mark Tauscher