Milwaukee's Neighborhood Group Buy Program
Home and business owners in the Riverwest neighborhood are taking advantage of record low solar pricing through a limited-time solar group purchase program. The program helps residents invest in lower cost solar installations through the power of volume-purchasing.
NOTE: Enrollment has ended. Installs in this first pilot program will occur in summer of 2013.
WHY WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT SOLAR RIVERWEST
- Milwaukee’s own Helios Solar Works panels will be utilized in all the installations
- At least 40% of the labor hours on the installations will be completed by Milwaukee residents that have been unemployed or underemployed (meeting Milwaukee Residential Preference Program requirements)
- 14 Milwaukee homeowners have committed to installing solar for a total of over 42 kW! (Compare that to 2011, when there were 12 total solar installs in the entire City of Milwaukee)
- All Solar Riverwest participants completed energy efficiency improvements through the Me2 program, which not only saves on energy bills but reduces the size needed to power the entire home from solar!
I MISSED THE DEADLINE. NOW WHAT?
We will make sure you are included in future opportunities, and connect you with additional information to start planning for solar! In the meantime, learn more:
- Solar Riverwest PowerPoint Presentation: HERE
- Solar Basics: HERE
- What Might Solar Cost? For Your Home: HERE
Interested in a solar group buy program for YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? Email email@example.com or call (414) 286-5593 and we can help you get a similar program started in your own neighborhood.
FOR ENROLLED PARTICIPANTS
WHAT YOUR BID WILL INCLUDE:
Shortly after the site visit, you will receive a price quote (bid) from H&H Solar. The price quote will include:
- Solar PV system capacity
- Estimated annual output (kwh/yr)
- Economics analysis of production value
- Price for all equipment including Helios panels, balance of system (inverter choice), racking, wiring, etc.
- Price for any electrical service upgrade if needed
- Other fees such as permits, labor, and other equipment needed depending on location
- Estimated incentives from federal government, Focus on Energy, and City of Milwaukee’s Milwaukee Shines solar program.
- If you chose to move forward with the solar installation, the contract is between the customer and H&H Solar solely.
You will see three different prices on your bid. This is based on the potential discounts as part of the Solar Riverwest group buy program. Remember, the more installations the cheaper the price for each installation.
|INSTALL COST ESTIMATE
||AMOUNT OF SOLAR INSTALLED (BY SEPT 30)
||< 50 kW
All participating homeowners will be shown a price breakdown for the baseline cost and each potential discount levels. The homeowner will be invoiced the baseline amount. Once all the solar installations are completed by September 30, Solar Riverwest will have a complete inventory of kilowatts installed. At that point, if Solar Riverwest has completed more that 51 KW of solar, then each homeowner will be issued a solar refund check to meet the first discount price. Similarly, if there is more than 100 KW of solar installed, homeowners will be issued a solar refund check to meet the second discount price.
For Example: Your solar installation is completed on July 31. You receive an invoice from H&H Solar in August for the baseline price. You pay that invoice. On October 1, Solar Riverwest inventories all the solar installations that took place by September 30, 2013 as part of Solar Riverwest. There is 60 KW of solar installed. You will receive a solar refund check for the difference between the baseline price and the first discount price that was quoted to you in the bid.
WHAT INCENTIVES CAN I EXPECT TO SEE ON A BID?
- Wisconsin Focus on Energy Incentive: $600/KW (up to $2,400)
- Milwaukee Solar Incentive: $2,000
- 30% Federal Tax Credit off remaining cost: Must have taxable income. Claim in 2014.
I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS. WHO CAN I CONTACT?
Solar Riverwest is being led by Riverwest Cooperative Alliance with support from the City of Milwaukee’s solar program, Milwaukee Shines, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA).