May 2017 Updated DIRECTOR’S Note

Solar Energy Financing Guide: Empowering Wisconsin Local Governments is now available online as a pdf and can be accessed on the resources page of the Energy On Wisconsin website as well. The guide is described in the first news article below.

Local government officials can learn in person about the opportunities and strategies for solar energy project financing at the Energy Fair in Custer, Wi on Friday, June 16. Guide author Sherrie Gruder will be presenting at noon along with Eric Rehm, Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s (MREA) solar finance manager. We will present case studies of Wisconsin local government solar energy project financing and debut MREA’s solar finance simulator tool.

Solar Finance Simulator is an online tool that municipalities, universities, hospitals, and businesses can use to forecast the long-term impacts of 4 types of financial investments in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Plugging in their own values, users can simulate and compare financial projections for direct ownership, power purchase agreement (PPA), debt financing, and operating lease. After trying it, please direct any questions about the simulator tool to

Also NEW: 3 additional counties, Ashland, Marathon and Wood, have adopted PACE for a total of 18 total counties now in the program.

Sherrie Gruder