This yr, Habitat for Humanity chapters all through Wisconsin partnered with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) for the Grow Solar for Humanity initiative, created to carry solar to households that can considerably profit from lowered utility payments. The program, coordinated by the MREA, implements inexpensive renewable energy on properties constructed by Habitat for Humanity inside the final yr. Thirty-five of the forty-nine Wisconsin Habitat for Humanity properties receiving solar are within the metropolis of Milwaukee, spanning the Harambee and Midtown neighborhoods.
“By reducing energy costs, this project will bring long-term savings for these families, while increasing the value of their homes,” Chris Garrison, building director of Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, explains that the group works to assist households obtain monetary stability by way of inexpensive homeownership.
Focus on Energy funds the solar portion of those properties. For greater than 20 years, Focus on Energy and Wisconsin’s electrical and pure gasoline utilities have partnered to assist residential and enterprise prospects throughout the state make cost-effective energy effectivity and renewable energy upgrades.
“Habitat for Humanity is committed to helping Wisconsinites live in comfortable and affordable homes,” says Scott Bloedorn, Focus on Energy’s program supervisor. “Building energy-efficient homes is the most cost-effective way to control energy bills. By adding solar, Habitat for Humanity helps reduce energy costs even further.”
Since 2011, Focus on Energy has delivered greater than $1 billion value of financial advantages to Wisconsin. For each $1 spent, Focus on Energy returns greater than $4 to Wisconsin’s financial system by way of energy financial savings, jobs and environmental impacts.
Solar installations started in November and will probably be accomplished early subsequent yr. The venture was awarded to Arch Solar, a neighborhood Wisconsin solar firm, by way of a aggressive bid course of.
“For Arch, these installations are exciting because they bring the financial and environmental value of solar power to communities who have not had much, if any, access to solar power in the past,” states Dexter Peirce, an energy advisor at Arch Solar. “The electricity from solar panels provides financial stability by both avoiding rising utility costs and significantly reducing energy bills, all by powering their home with a clean, sustainable energy source.”
The Grow Solar for Humanity program is obtainable on behalf of the next Habitat for Humanity associates: Chippewa Valley, Door County, Fox Cities, Lakeside, Dane County, Kenosha, Washington and Dodge Counties, Wisconsin River, Milwaukee, and St. Croix Valley. When all of the Grow Solar for Humanity solar initiatives are completed, roughly 414 kW of solar will probably be put in.