RENEW Wisconsin’s Solar for Good program has awarded over $140,000 in grants and  solar panel donations to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations. Fourteen nonprofits will install  nearly 700 kilowatts of onsite, renewable electricity, leading to more than $1.4 million in  solar energy investments in Wisconsin. 

The following organizations have been offered Fall 2021 Solar for Good grants to install  new solar electric systems: 

Access Community Health Centers – health care, Madison and Sun Prairie Catholic Charities – human services, La Crosse 

Chapel Valley Church – religious, Madison 

Cinnaire Solutions – housing, Lac du Flambeau 

Common Wealth Development – housing, Madison 

Dunn County Historical Society – historical organization, Menomonie ECHO (Everyone Cooperating to Help Others) – human services, Janesville First Church of Christ, Scientist – religious, Madison 

Madison Circus Space – community arts, Madison 

Madison Community Cooperative – housing, Madison 

Midvale Community Lutheran Church – religious, Madison 

Mt Zion Baptist Church – religious, Madison 

Northern Lights Services – health care, Washburn 

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church – religious, Appleton 

This round’s grant recipients represent nonprofits from across Wisconsin. Northern Lights  Services will install over 300 solar panels on top of its Washburn-based health care  facility. A 50-kilowatt array will be installed on the grounds of the Dunn County Historical 

Society in Menomonie. And Cinnaire Solutions will install nearly 90 kilowatts of solar  power on top of 40 units of affordable housing in Lac du Flambeau in northern Wisconsin. 

“Efforts like the Solar for Good program help us to conserve energy and direct more of  our financial resources to providing health care services to our patients,” said Joanne  Holland of Access Community Health Centers. “We hope to help make our community  healthier and more sustainable for all of us.” 

As part of receiving a grant, each organization agrees to highlight their solar project and  provide education to their community about the benefits of solar energy. 

“This solar array will allow us to expand on our mission of providing basic needs to the  low-income population of Rock County,” said Jessica Locher, Executive Director of  ECHO. “The amount saved by the solar project will allow us to provide an additional 2,475  meals in our food pantry each month.” 

The 14 nonprofit organizations are a part of Solar for Good’s 9th round of funding. Since  its inception in 2017, Solar for Good has offered solar grants to 121 Wisconsin-based  nonprofits.  

When all Solar for Good projects are energized, these nonprofits will add over 5.3 megawatts of renewable energy to Wisconsin’s electric mix, enough to power over 1,000  homes. Solar for Good grants have led to 123 new solar projects and nearly $12 million in renewable energy investments for Wisconsin nonprofits.

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