May/June 2018 Director’s Note

Wisconsin’s solar profile is hot with massive projects being planned and constructed across the state and notable activity in all sectors including utility scale, business, public and residential, as covered in this newsletter. This will help to put Wisconsin, ranked 32nd among state’s solar markets (2017 Solar Market Insight Report, SEIA), on the map in the burgeoning Midwest marketplace.

Utility scale projects will more than quadruple the  total cumulative solar in the state to date with 300MW of projects in Iowa and Manitowoc Counties to be purchased by MGE and WPS before the WPSC . IKEA just completed its large solar system on the new Oak Creek store (EnergyOnWI April 2018), only to be surpassed soon by a system under construction with more than 5,000 panels at Madison College. Sauk County is installing 625 kW on two municipal buildings that will save them $550,000 over 25 years, while the City of Fitchburg just celebrated installing 362 kW across 4 roofs that will save 10% of the city’s entire electric bill. And, solar group buy programs are in full swing across the state with record-breaking participation (see Sauk County below).

Summer is sizzling for renewable energy in Wisconsin. It will be showcased best at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin June 14-16.

Sherrie Gruder