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Solar Pays Off for Commercial Property Owners!

 

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Financing Available with Commercial PACE


PACE Financing LogoThe City of Milwaukee’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funding helps commercial property owners affordably finance energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy upgrades (including solar!) in their buildings. This public-private partnership leverages private capital to supply upfront funding for the improvements and collects payments through a voluntary municipal special charge (City Ordinance 304-26.5). The special charge is attached to the property, not the owner, and is paid back through the property tax system over time. Projects are designed so that the annual energy and other savings pay for the special charge, providing a net positive cash flow.

Visit the City's PACE website for more information and next steps!


 


 

Step-by-Step Process Guide for Installing Solar on Your Business
 

  1. Learn about the types of systems available. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) provides information and also holds solar workshops.
     
  2. If you are interested in financing your system, learn more about Commercial PACE financing for businesses offered through the Me2 program.
     
  3. Schedule a solar site assessment to help determine which technology is best for your home or business (optional). You can find a list of qualified and certified solar installers on the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) website.  MREA also provides a list of Certified Site Assessors. Please note - there may be a fee for the site assessment. Be sure to get a few bids from installers to find the best fit for your needs.
     
  4. Make your business more energy efficient to maxmize the benefits of solar. The Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (Me2) program or the Milwaukee Economy, Energy, & Environment (ME3) program can help.
     
  5. Select your installer and sign the contract. We recommend getting at least 2-3 bids prior to making your final selection. Focus on Energy has information on how to find and choose solar installers that are eligible for incentives.
     
  6. Work with your installer to make sure you get all the incentives your system is eligible for.
     
  7. Have your system installed by your solar installer.
     
  8. Enjoy the benefits of your new solar system!

 


solar@milwaukee.gov


(414) 286-5593

Solar Information & Resources

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

NABCEP List of Certified Solar Professionals

MREA - Site Assessor List

Permits

Milwaukee Shines Solar Electric Permitting Process Guide

City of Milwaukee Permit Page

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

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