Southeast Wisconsin Solar Group Buy
Since 2015, the Southeast Wisconsin Solar Group Buy program (SWSGB) has enabled residents and small businesses to install solar energy at reduced rates. So far, 75 homes and 6 businesses have adopted solar for a carbon emission reduction of 18657 metric tons of carbon.
In 2021, SWSGB has embarked on a robust promotional effort in partnership with the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps (led by Chris Litzau) and in collaboration with the current installer Eagle Point Solar. GGR board members Brian Gleichauf, Steve Oppeneer, and Cara Pratt are leading this effort, along with Joe Dubaniewicz.
Solar Summit - FREE Assessments Event
The Solar Summit, was an informational session at 6:30 on Wednesday May 15 in the Michigan Room at Gateway Racine for residents, small businesses or nonprofits to sign up for a free solar assessment.
Southeast Wisconsin Solar Group Buy program is an arm of Greening Greater Racine, a non-profit network serving southeast Wisconsin and fostering a healthier and more sustainable community. Now is the time to get solar: group buy discount, tax incentives and depreciation, grant from Focus on Energy, loans from county and city.
Our track record! This is the fourth year for the SWSGB. In all, 50 families and 4 businesses or organizations are now producing 315 kWs of solar electricity each year. Over their projected 40 year life, these panels offset the environmental impact of 977, 575 gallons of gasoline consumed or 11,545 metric tons of CO2 produced. They are also the equivalent of planting and growing 209,224 trees for 10 years.
Plus, in this last year alone, 17 youth from the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps received on-the-job training experience by assisting with installations.
Walden Students Help Veterans Go Solar
Walden III Green School, Southeast Wisconsin Solar Group Buy and supporters went to the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin‘s tiny homes (equipped with solar panels!) ribbon cutting event. Walden students worked to raise money for the vets to get free power through the solar panels. Greening Greater Racine loves how City of Racine, On the lake is moving forward with sustainability!
Energy Savings Workshop for Faith Communities
Greening Greater Racine was pleased to have the Faith of Christian Believers Church host an Energy Savings Workshop for any faith congregation, held on Saturday November 10, 2018. Many attended and were able to sign up for free assessments. If you are interested for your faith organization to save on energy, please contact us at [email protected]
ARCH ELECTRIC SOLAR RECEIVES GRANTS TO HELP FUND SOLAR POWER INSTALLATIONS FOR NON-PROFITS
Information by Arch Electric
Arch Electric Solar received four grants this past November to help fund solar power installation for a few local non-profit companies. These grants were financed by RENEW Wisconsin.
One grant awardee was the Veteran’s Outreach of WI, which recently built a tiny homes village for homeless veterans in Racine.The village opened November 5, 2017, offering veterans a place to live, and resources for a smooth and comfortable reintegration into the community. There are 15 homes, with access to the SC Johnson Community Center which offers numerous amenities including:
In the coming months, the program plans to expand and offer services for personal guidance, job preparation, and life skills.
The system will have a 20 kilowatt capacity, producing 27,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. This amount will provide enough power to cover nearly all electricity costs, allowing the village to sustain itself for the long term.The total cost of the install will be $56,000. Thus far, the grant covered $10,000, and if the students at Walden III reach their $20,000 goal on youcaring.com, an anonymous donor will contribute another $10,000.
North Pointe Church Goes Solar
North Pointe United Methodist Church in Racine now has 57 solar panels and celebrated on Earth Day. They invited the community for a free informational event. The event speakers were representatives from Arch Electric, Southeast Solar Group Buy, Walden Green School, residents sharing their experience with solar, and City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason.
Arch Electric provided a sign-up sheet for free home assessments for solar power and to join a group to get discounts.
In their first month, the solar power produced 3100 kilowatt hours of electricity. This is about $415. We are happy that the Church advocates for clean energy.
News! Southeast Wisconsin Solar Group Buy (SWSGB) Announces their 2017 Results.Stay tuned for the 2018 Group Buy.
Take a look at two solar electric readings from October 2017 (highest peak that year) to one in February 2018. A number of factors, particularly the fluctuation of temperatures this winter could have contributed. But to see the system produce an estimated daily use of electricity for an average household in winter is super awesome to see.
Interested in supporting and promoting clean energy development? Please contact us at [email protected] or Tom at the email shown on the bottom of the page.
In 2017, the Southeast Wisconsin Solar Group Buy (formerly SOLARacine) was ambitious in bringing solar panels to a larger scale. In 2016 and prior years, panels were focused in the greater Racine area. SOLARacine changed its name to Southeast Wisconsin Solar Group Buy and was able to extend promoting panel installations as far as Madison, Wisconsin. Below are a couple photos from a fall project at the School Sisters of Saint Francis with the new partner Arch Electric. A large-scale project with a $950K cost, the congregation saw an overall savings of over $1.5 million over 25 years. We are all pleased to see the progress Wisconsin has been making with energy conservation!
Read the Urban Milwaukee article by clicking here. Photos taken by Urban Milwaukee.
In 2016, SOLARacine worked with Current Electric to provide solar power to many homes in Racine and Kenosha counties. This program also provided Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps, a youth program, get trained in new skill sets.