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2017 Milwaukee Shines Solar Group Buy Program

Exciting News!  We are thrilled to annouce another sucessful solar group buy program in Milwaukee! We enjoyed collaboring with the Solar Tosa program on this year's program. Congratulations to all the homeowners that installed solar and who are now a part of Milwaukee's clean energy revolution!

Twenty-four Milwaukee and Wauwatosa homeowerns installed 120 kW of solar in 2017! 

Milwaukee Shines is partnering again with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association on our 2017 solar group buy program!

The Advisory Committee has selected SunVest Solar as our 2017 solar installer!

Ready for a site assessment? Visit the SunVest website.

Please join us for an upcoming free Power Hour information session to find out how you can install solar with the group buy program and be a part of Milwaukee's clean energy revolution! Already attended a Power Hour? Contact SunVest for a solar site assessment!

Group Buy Poster with August Dates

Upcoming Public Information Sessions:

All Power Hour info sessions are free and open to the public!

Tuesday, 6/13/2017,  6-7 PM, Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Wednesday, 6/21/2017, 6-7 PM, East Library, Ellipse Community Room, 2320 N Cramer St, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Tuesday, 6/27/2017, 6-7 PM, Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Wednesday, 7/12/17, 5:30-6:30PM, Urban Ecology Center, 3700 W. Pierce St., Milwwaukee, WI 53215

Tuesday, 7/25/2017, 6-7 PM, Bay View Library, 2566 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207 

Wednesday, 8/2/2017, 6-7 PM, Colectivo Prospect, 2211 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Monday, 8/14/2017, 6-7 PM, Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Saturday, 8/26/2017, 1-2PM, Sherman Perk Coffee Shop, 4924 W Roosevelt Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53216

Wednesday, 8/30/2017, 6-7 PM, Woodland Pattern Bookcenter, 720 E. Locust St., Milwaukee, WI 53212

If these days and times don't work for your schedule, feel free to attend a Solar Tosa info session!
Upcomming Info Sessions in Wauwatosa:

8/8/2017, Tuesday, 6:00 PM, Red Dot, 6715 W North Ave.
8/23/2017 Wednesday, 6:00 PM, Wauwatosa Library–Firefly Room

We are happy to be collaborating with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association's Solar Tosa program in hopes of greater savings for all participants. 


What is a Solar Group Buy?

A solar group buy is when community members form a group and use their collective buying power to save on the total cost of going solar. The Solar East Side program can help Milwaukee residents invest in lower cost solar installations through the power of volume purchasing.

How Do Solar Group Buys Work?

Reduced Price: Through the Solar East Side program, homeowners come together to purchase and install solar as a community, which saves significant costs as a result of the bulk purchasing of equipment. The more residents that participate, the lower the cost will be for everyone.

Education: Through free community information sessions called ‘power hours,’ Milwaukee Shines, in partnership with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, educated homeowners about how solar works, what their return on investment will be, and what financing options are available.

Selected Solar Installer: An Advisory Team was created to select the installer for Solar East Side.  The Advisory Team consisted of a representative from Milwaukee Shines, the MREA, the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, the UW-Milwaukee Office of Sustainability and a Milwaukee homeowner with solar.  The team selected the solar installer through a competitive bid process that ensured quality work at a competitive cost. The chosen installer provided free solar site assessments to interested home and business owners and was available to answer questions at the scheduled Power Hours.

Financing Solutions: Milwaukee Shines and the MREA also educated customers on incentives and financing solutions.  Incentives include a 30% Federal Tax Credit and a Wisconsin Focus on Energy cash-back incentive. Milwaukee homeowners also have the ability to finance their solar through the Milwaukee Shines Solar Loan at Summit Credit Union.


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Solar Group Buy Programs

Milwaukee Shines has partnered with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance, various neighborhood organizations and even coordiated with other cities on neighborhood group buys. The advantage of a group buy is the power of volume purchasing, which can significantly reduce the upfront costs of installing solar in your home or business.

You do not need to be a City of Milwaukee resident to participate - the group buys are open to all Southeastern Wisconsin residents and business owners. However, the main focus and outreach is concentrated in the targeted neighborhoods. Solar group buys have been completed in several Milwaukee neighborhoods, including Washington Heights, Layton Boulevard West, Bayview, Riverwest and the East Side and now we conduct city-wide solar group buy programs.

As a result, 170 home and business owners have installed new solar electric and solar hot water systems totaling 616kW of clean, renewable energy!


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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


Milwaukee Shines Solar Electric Permitting Process Guide

City of Milwaukee Permit Page


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

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