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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 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:

Ride the bus to the 26th Annual Energy Fair!

Milwaukee Shines, along with Outpost Natural Foods and is sponsoring a bus to the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair! The bus will run on Saturday June 20th and is FREE but you must sign up to reserve a spot. The Energy Fair features  educational workshops and exhibitors that focus on sustainable living and clean energy and is the largest renewable

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), is running the East Side Solar Group Buy program in 2015. While the outreach will be targeted on Milwaukee's East Side, the program is open to anyone in southeast Wisconsin. Please visit the Milwaukee Solar Group Buy page for more info!


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

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


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)


Milwaukee Shines Solar Financing with Summit Credit Union

Me2 Commercial PACE Financing


Focus on Energy - list of installers

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


Focus on Energy - Incentives

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


We Energies - Interconnection information