Solar Group Buy Programs Soar

Solar Group Buy programs continued to proliferate in 2017. Solar group purchasing encourages individuals to install solar by aggregating them into a purchasing pool to obtain a reduced rate for solar systems and installation and alleviating them of much of the research and work. The Solar Central Wisconsin group buy was this year’s record-breaker with 335 kW of generation to be installed. Although final numbers are not yet complete, contracts have been signed for 152 individual systems and close to 1 MW (988 kW) of distributed solar as detailed in the table:

Program Administrator Co-Sponsor Generation Subscribers
MadiSUN Madison, Middleton RENEW  145kW 32
Solar Iowa County UW-Extension, Driftless Area Land Conservancy, Sustain Iowa County MREA 240kW 32
Solar Central Wisconsin Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Tech College MREA 335kW 46
SolarTosa & Milwaukee Shines Milwaukee, Wauwatosa MREA 121kW 24
Solar Southeastern Wisconsin Greening Greater Racine Arch Electric 147kW 18 homes, 3 businesses