Grow Solar Central Wisconsin expands to Waushara County in its fifth year
For the City Times
CENTRAL WISCONSIN – Grow Solar Central Wisconsin is launching for its fifth year. The education and bulk purchasing program will help property owners in Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Wood, and Waushara counties take advantage of competitive prices for solar installations through the power of volume purchasing.
Grow Solar, an initiative of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), helps make navigating the solar industry easier and more affordable for individuals with its Power Hour education sessions and limited-time group buy discount program. The program offers free educational sessions through October to help residents and small business owners decide if going solar is right for them.
“The MREA and our partners are excited to offer this program and to add Waushara County to the service territory this year,” said Peter Murphy, MREA Solar Program Director. “Adding solar to your home or business provides a long-term benefit to your pocketbook and has never been more affordable.”
Prior programs in Central Wisconsin have resulted in over 1 megawatt of solar installed on 168 properties, valued at over $3.6 million in local investment.
Area homeowners and business owners can attend free one-hour solar Power Hours to learn about solar and volume purchasing and sign up for free quotes and site assessments. People view the full schedule for Solar Power Hours as well as sign up for program alerts at CW.GrowSolar.org.
Group purchase programs provide residents and businesses with the opportunity to invest in high-quality, renewable energy solar installations and realize savings, while also helping reach sustainability goals. Estimated first-year savings on utility bills have ranged from $690 to more than $1,000, depending on the size of the array.
“There’s a huge demand for information about solar, and we’re demonstrating that solar and energy efficiency can help lots of people lower their bills, lessen their demand for fossil fuels from out of state, and improve their quality of life,” said Murphy.
Grow Solar Central Wisconsin is administered by the MREA at no cost to the municipalities or other program partners. Additional funding support was provided by the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin. Grow Solar Central Wisconsin has partnered with CAP Services to help connect those who need it to CAP’s Weatherization and Rehabilitation programs.
More information and the complete calendar of presentations can be found at CW.GrowSolar.org.