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Join us for our 2019 Solar Group Buy

Mark your calendars for one of our free Power Hour presentations so you can learn how solar works, what incentives are available for home and business owners, and how you can get a free bid from our group buy solar installer! 

Mayor Barrett and Milwaukee's Common Council adopted a resolution expressing the City’s support for the Paris Climate Accord. The City is currently working to install solar on Milwaukee Public Library buildings -- and we are working to make it easy for you to install solar too. We hope you'll join us for our 2019 solar group buys and help us Grow Solar Milwaukee!  

Thank you to our partners - the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Milwaukee Public Libraries and the Milwaukee Public Museum!
For more information and to sign up to receive emails, please visit the program's website: Grow Solar Milwaukee Website 

We are excited to annouce that our selected solar group buy installer is Arch Electric.

If you'd like to request a free site assessment from Arch Electric, please visit their website: Arch Electric Webiste 
or contact Angie Kochanski at | 920.838.4687. 




All are free and open to the public

5/20/19 Monday 6-7pm Milwaukee Public Library Zablocki Branch 3501 W Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53215

6/6/19 Thursday 5:30-6:30pm Milwaukee Public Museum 800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

6/15/19 Saturday 2pm-3pm Milwaukee Public Library East Branch 2320 N Cramer St, Milwaukee, WI 53211

6/29/19 Saturday 11am-12pm Milwaukee Public Library Tippecanoe Branch 3912 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

7/9/19 Tuesday 6pm-7pm Milwaukee Public Library Center Street Branch 2727 W Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53210

7/11/19 Thursday 5:30-6:30pm Milwaukee Public Museum 800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

7/22/19 Monday 6pm-7pm Milwaukee Public Library Central Library 814 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233

8/5/19 Monday 6pm-7pm Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch 906 W Historic Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

This session has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience! 
8/8/19 Thursday 5:30-6:30pm Milwaukee Public Museum 800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

8/20/19 Tuesday 6pm-7pm Milwaukee Public Library Villard Square Branch 5190 N 35th St, Milwaukee, WI 53209

9/5/19 Thursday 5:30-6:30pm Milwaukee Public Museum 800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

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. This program can help Milwaukee area residents invest in lower cost solar installations through the power of volume purchasing.

How Do Solar Group Buys Work?

Reduced Price: Through Milwaukee's solar group buy 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, educate homeowners about how solar works, what their return on investment will be, and what financing options are available.

Selected Solar Installer: An Advisory Team is created to select the installer for the group buyThe Advisory Team consists of a representative from Milwaukee Shines, the MREA, the neighborhood association, and a Milwaukee homeowner with solar.  The team selects the solar installer through a competitive bid process that ensured quality work at a competitive cost. The chosen installer provids free solar site assessments to interested home and business owners and should be available to answer questions at the scheduled Power Hours.

Financing Solutions: Milwaukee Shines and the MREA also educate 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

Over the past few years, 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


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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