Solar Chippewa Valley Group Buy Breaks Ground on First Install
It’s been just three short months since the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) teamed up with Affordable Solar Chippewa Valley, and Able Energy to offer a Solar Group Buy program to home, farm, and business owners in the Chippewa Valley. At this time, an impressive 89 kW of clean solar energy have been contracted to be installed, surpassing the first benchmark of the program, and giving all participants an additional discount of $.10/w off their systems. The first install of the program is underway; Jim Schumacher will now have an 8.64 kW ground mount system powering his Chippewa Valley home.
The Solar Chippewa Valley Group Buy Program has attracted 145 attendees at the program’s “Solar Power Hour” informational sessions. Of which, 15 have signed contracts for systems, and another 47 are in the process of reviewing proposals and site assessments. The next discount benchmark is at 100 kW.
“Between the education sessions and the program discounts, this program really does make it simple and more affordable to go solar,” said Peter Murphy, Solar Program Manager for MREA. “Thanks to the price breaks at the 50, 100, and 150 kW benchmarks, the more people who go solar through the program, the lower the price is for everyone.” More than 50 proposals, representing 499 kW of capacity, are pending.
The bulk purchasing discount is just one of the incentives available right now for installing solar. Incentives like the 30% Solar Investment Tax Credit from the federal government, and recent Public Service Commission approval of 7.7 million dollars toward Renewable Energy Rebates aid in the affordability of solar for participants. Farm owners can also take advantage of the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
MREA encourages anyone even remotely interested in the possibility of going solar to attend the program’s final Solar Power Hour information session on December 6th. MREA is a non-profit educational organization, with the mission to promote renewable energy, and sustainable living through education and demonstration. The Power Hour sessions give attendees all the information they need to make an informed decision in regard to going solar. NABCEP Certified Installer, Able Energy provides free solar site assessments for interested participants.
The final Solar Power Hour is scheduled for December 6, 6:30 p.m. at Lazy Monk Brewery, 97 West Madison Street, Eau Claire, WI. Interested folks have until December 31, 2016 to participate. All program installations will be completed in 2017.
For more information about the Chippewa Valley Solar Group Buy, contact Peter Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-988-7963, or visit http://www.solarpowerwisconsin.com/.