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Madison announces program to help homeowners install solar

MADISON (WKOW) — Officials today announced new initiatives to launch the 2019 MadiSUN Solar Programs.

MadiSUN is the city of Madison’s initiative to expand solar energy for homes and businesses. The programs help fulfil Madison’s goal to achieve 100% renewable energy.

New for 2019, Madison will offer the MadiSUN Backyard Solar Grant program. This program will provide financial assistance for community organizations and affordable housing providers to install solar systems.

Also this year, Madison will launch its fourth consecutive year of the MadiSUN Group Buy for Homes, which has led to more than 100 homes installing solar.

Madison will launch its second consecutive year of the MadiSUN Solar for Business program. This program provides education sessions and financial rebates for businesses to install solar power.

“We are thrilled with our new solar power system, and are excited to see that we’ve saved more than 9,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide from being emitted in just the first three months,” Jeff Burkhart, Literacy Network was quoted as saying in a news release. “Thanks to the city of Madison’s solar energy program for helping businesses and households expand solar energy usage.”

“It is a priority for my Administration that solar power needs to benefit everyone in our
community,” said Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. “The Backyard Solar Program
will help us get started on ensuring solar is equitable and available in our community.
Everyone should be able to take advantage of this technology.”

The Backyard Solar program will award grants to non-profit organizations and
affordable housing providers to assist them in installing new solar arrays.

The grants are intended to serve diverse, low-income residents and neighborhoods and applications
will be evaluated based on need, communities served, and organizational reach.

The City of Madison has reserved $10,000 for grants and the Madison Common Council is exploring additional funding for the program. Backyard Solar will fund up to 20% of a winning project’s cost and organizations receiving these grants will participate in a ribbon cutting educating the neighborhood about the beneficial effects of solar power.

“Solar is a win across the board for our community,” added Mayor Rhodes-Conway. “It’s homegrown energy, it’s cost-effective, it provides jobs, and it helps us reduce the impacts of climate change.”

Five community education sessions have been scheduled which are free for the public to attend and learn more:
• Thursday, May 30 at the Sequoya Public Library, 6:00PM
• Thursday, June 6 at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 6:00PM
• Tuesday, June 25 at the Monona Public Library, 6:00PM
• Wednesday, June 26 at the Goodman Community Center, 6:00PM
• Tuesday, July 16 at Rosie’s Café and Bakery, 5:30PM

New for 2019, RENEW Wisconsin will also hold four kid-friendly solar information sessions. The sessions are geared towards children aged 5-10 years old and their parents or guardians. They are also free and open to the public:
• Wednesday, June 5 at Lakeview Public Library, 4:00PM
• Wednesday, June 12 at Central Public Library, 4:00PM
• Thursday, June 13 at Alicia Ashman Library, 4:00PM
• Saturday, June 29 at Alicia Ashman Library, 10:00AM

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