Milwaukee, Wis.– The Grow Solar Greater Milwaukee group buy program is gaining momentum across Milwaukee County as solar continues to break records with consumers interested in its environmental and cost savings benefits. The current program expires on September 30, leaving less than 60 days to take advantage of this unique rebate program. Launched in April, the response has been strong. In fact, the program recently reached an expanded goal of 150kW of new solar installations in Milwaukee and the North Shore villages, triggering a rebate for all participants.
Group purchase programs provide residents and businesses with the opportunity to invest in high-quality, renewable energy solar installations and quickly realize savings. Estimated first-year savings on utility bills have ranged from $690 to more than $1,000, depending on the size of the array.
This solar education and group purchasing program is offered with support from Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), the Bay View Neighborhood Association, the Cities of Milwaukee and Glendale, and the Villages of Bayside, Fox Point, Shorewood, and Whitefish Bay.
With more solar going up in Wisconsin than ever before, it’s important to know who to trust. Arch Electric was selected through a competitive application and review process with representatives from MREA, Milwaukee Shines, and the supporting municipalities. Arch Electric – the leading solar and energy storage expert in Wisconsin – is anchored in integrity and has invested in solar technology since 2003, with over 60 Mega Watts of solar installations in over 900 custom projects.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said: “With increasing awareness about the threats of climate change, it is more important than ever to educate and connect residents to renewable energy and energy efficiency options for their homes and businesses. The Milwaukee Shines solar group buy program makes installing solar energy easy and affordable thanks to our partnerships with local non-profits Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Walnut Way, our local solar installer Arch Electric, and other municipalities and neighborhood organizations.”
Peter Murphy, Solar Program Director for the MREA, added: “For many, solar is the easiest way to take control of energy bills, defend against future rate increases from our investor owned utility We Energies, build equity, and lower your carbon footprint in a financially responsible way.”
“Part of our mission at Arch Electric is to expand access to renewable energy,” Ed Zinthefer, President of Arch Electric commented. “Programs like the Milwaukee Group Buy are a great way for homeowners to understand the benefits of solar energy and determine if it’s the right solution for them.”
Grow Solar Greater Milwaukee hosts regular, free hour-long webinars – Solar Power Hours – to give a brief explanation of the program, discuss the projected costs of installing solar, and highlight the benefits of going solar. The next information session takes place on Wednesday, August 4. To register, or to learn about upcoming sessions, visit GreaterMilwaukee.GrowSolar.org.