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Welcome to Milwaukee Shines!

Milwaukee Shines, the City of Milwaukee's solar program, works to expand solar energy use through a comprehensive, citywide approach. Milwaukee Shines helps create cleaner air for our community and helps reduce energy costs for the City and the community at large. Milwaukee Shines is a project of the Office of Environmental Sustainability, and partners with community partners to build a clean energy future. Past projects have been funded through the US Department of Energy Solar America Communities and SunShot programs.

When Milwaukee Shines formed in 2008, the City of Milwaukee was named one of 25 Solar America Cities by the U.S. Department of Energy, and earned the distinction again in 2009. Since then, Milwaukee has streamlined the permitting process, created a solar zoning ordinance, and began providing financing resources for home and business owners. In addition, there are more than 1.5 MW of solar energy being produced in Milwaukee, which has exceeded the goal of 1 MW of solar capacity.

Please contact us at solar@milwaukee.gov to learn more about having solar installed in your home or business, or to find out more about replicating Milwaukee Shines' processes and projects in your municipality.

What's New at Milwaukee Shines:

Energy Engagement - We Energies Rate Increase & Solar Surcharge Approved
 

The WI Public Service Commission has approved We Energies' proposed new charges for solar installations and increased fixed rates for 2015-2016. Read about how this impacts existing and future solar installations.

Milwaukee Solar Group Buy Program
 

Milwaukee Shines, in partnership with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and Riverwest Cooperative Alliance, has just closed the sign-up period for group buys in Washington Heights and Layton Boulevard West. Additional neighborhood group buys will begin in 2015.

 

Milwaukee Shines Financing Low-Interest Solar Loans
 

Milwaukee Shines has partnered with Summit Credit Union to offer up low-interest solar loans for Milwaukee homeowners! This financing can help make solar a reality!

Milwaukee Solar Related News
 


Contact Us:


200 E. Wells St., Rm 603
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-286-8317
solar@milwaukee.gov
 

More Information:
 

Learn More

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) - Education

We Energies - Information

U.S Department of Energy - Renewable energy technology

NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Pracitioners) - "Gold Standard" for renewable energy certification

Site Assessments

MREA - Site Assessor List

Permits

Milwaukee Shines Solar Electric Permitting Process Guide

City of Milwaukee Electrical Permit (submit by mail, fax, in-person, or online at e-permit)

City of Milwaukee Plumbing Permit (submit by mail, fax, in-person, or online at e-permit)

City of Milwaukee Building Permit (submit by mail, fax, or in-person)

Expedited Solar Permit (must meet certain requirements)

Financing

Milwaukee Shines Solar Financing with Summit Credit Union

Me2 Commercial PACE Financing

Installers

Focus on Energy - list of installers

NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Pracitioners) - "Gold Standard" for renewable energy certification

Incentives

Focus on Energy - Incentives

DSIREUSA (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency) - List of incentives

Interconnection

We Energies - Interconnection information