RENEW Wisconsin: Over $6.3 million in renewable energy projects spurred by “Solar for Good” grants

MADISON, WI – The Solar for Good grant program has awarded over $450,000 in grants and solar panel donations to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations. Thirty-five nonprofits will install over 2,200 kilowatts of solar electricity, leading to more than $6 million in renewable energy investments in Wisconsin.

The following organizations have been offered Spring 2022 Solar for Good grants to install new solar energy systems: 

Agrace HospiceCare – health care, Janesville

Albany Lions Club – community service, Albany

Aldo Leopold Foundation – conservation, Baraboo

Antigo Public Library – community service, Antigo

City of Altoona – affordable housing, Altoona

Couleecap – poverty alleviation, Westby

Curative Connections – human services, Green Bay

Dane County Humane Society’s Wildlife Center – conservation, Madison

Edgerton Retirement Apartments – affordable housing, Edgerton

Emmanuel Community United Methodist Church – religious, Menomonee Falls

Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO) – human services, Racine

Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum – conservation, Kenosha

Hunger Task Force – meal distribution, West Milwaukee

Lawrence University – education, Baileys Harbor

Madison Area Cooperative Housing Alliance (MACHA) – affordable housing, Madison

McFarland Lutheran Church – religious, McFarland

Milwaukee Teachers Education Association (MTEA) – education, Milwaukee

Movin’ Out – affordable housing, Cottage Grove

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church – religious, Trempealeau

Northwest Side Community Development Corp – community development, Milwaukee

Outreach Community Health Center – health care, Milwaukee

Racine County Food Bank – meal distribution, Racine

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter – animal shelter, Prairie du Chien

Rooted – agriculture, Madison

Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program – community services, Dodgeville

St. Mary Parish – religious, Omro

St. Robert Parish – religious, Shorewood

Tina’s K9 Rescue – animal shelter, Sparta

Trinity Episcopal Church – religious, Baraboo

Union Congregational United Church of Christ – religious, Green Bay

Vernon Economic Development Association – community service, Viroqua

Westcare Wisconsin – human services, Milwaukee

Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corp – affordable housing, Madison

Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve – conservation, Two Rivers

One organization has asked to remain anonymous at this time.

The grant recipients from the Spring 2022 round represent various sizes and types of nonprofits from across Wisconsin. Curative Connections, an organization that provides services to older adults with disabilities, will install a 280-kW ground-mounted solar array to offset nearly half of their electricity use. Over 80 solar panels will be installed on the rooftop of Outreach Community Health Center in Milwaukee to provide electricity for their medical, dental, and podiatry services. And Couleecap, an organization that works to fight poverty, will install two solar arrays at low-income housing facilities, directly offsetting the electricity use of their tenants.

“Without the Solar for Good Program, it would be difficult for low-income households to participate in solar programs that reduce energy costs and benefit their community,” says Hetti Brown, Executive Director of Couleecap. “The program is an important tool in our effort to reduce energy poverty for the rural residents of Wisconsin.”

Each organization agrees to highlight their solar project and provide education to their community about the benefits of solar energy as a requirement of their grant award.

“There are no publicly available solar installations within Langlade County, and we can offer tours for school children and the public,” said Dominic Frandrup, Director of the Antigo Public Library. “The long-term vision of the library is to also offer EV charging for downtown revitalization and eventually have an EV bookmobile to replace our gasoline van.

The 35 nonprofits are a part of Solar for Good’s 10th round of funding. The program has offered solar grants to 152 Wisconsin-based nonprofits since it began in 2017. Once projects are complete and energized, Solar for Good grant recipients will add over 7.3 megawatts of renewable energy to Wisconsin’s electric grid, providing enough electricity to power approximately 1,400 Wisconsin households.


About Solar for Good RENEW Wisconsin’s Solar for Good initiative fosters the expansion of solar power among mission-based nonprofits and houses of worship in Wisconsin. Through a generous partnership with Couillard Solar Foundation, RENEW Wisconsin awards grants and solar panels to nonprofit organizations, helping them switch to clean, renewable, solar energy.

About Couillard Solar Foundation The Couillard Solar Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit and our mission is to further the urgent path to decarbonization for Wisconsin, and create a cleaner, safer environment for everyone, regardless of socio-economic status. We help schools and nonprofits gain vital access to solar power, by providing solar panels, programs and education through the Solar for Good and Solar on Schools grant programs. For more information please visit or follow on LinkedInFacebook, or Instagram.

About RENEW Wisconsin RENEW Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that promotes renewable energy in Wisconsin. We work on policies and programs that support solar power, wind power, biogas, local hydropower, geothermal energy, and electric vehicles.