Solar for Good:' Wisconsin nonprofits and churches land solar energy grants
Rick Barrett | December 16, 2018
Wisconsin nonprofits, including churches and schools, are getting $445,000 in solar-power grants for projects aimed at promoting clean energy and reducing electric costs. Altogether, the 36 grants from RENEW Wisconsin are expected to result in more than $4.5 million in new solar investments, according to the Madison-based nonprofit that supports solar power, wind power, biogas, geothermal systems and electric vehicles. In Milwaukee, Redeemer Lutheran Church, just west of the Marquette University campus, will receive one of the “Solar for Good” grants to help pay for the installation of solar panels behind the oldest part of the century-old church. The $15,000 grant will help defray the cost of the $68,000 project that, over the course of 25 years, could result in nearly $129,000 in energy savings, church officials said. It also fits with Redeemer’s commitment to the environment that includes things such as keeping honey-bee hives on the church roof and a stormwater collection system.