Solar Sauk County program reaches program milestone, makes solar even more affordable

Baraboo, WI - May 8, 2018 - The Solar Sauk County program has reached its first benchmark of 50 kilowatts (kW), triggering savings that apply to everyone who goes solar through the program. The program, which began in March, allows individual home and commercial property owners to access lower prices for solar installations through the power of volume purchasing. As such, at each interval of 50, 125, and 200 kW of solar capacity that the program participants collectively achieve, the price of solar is reduced. 

“I always wanted to try it and Sauk Solar gave me the opportunity,” said Jon Fuhlbohm of Reedsburg. Fuhlbohm was one of the first to go solar through Solar Sauk County and already has his solar array installed. “I have used no net energy since the installation last week,” he said. “I just love it!”

Sauk County, UW-Extension, Sauk Area Climate Awareness and Action (SACAA), Spring Green Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Social District are supporting the bulk solar group purchase program for residents and businesses in Sauk County. This program will reduce carbon emissions while providing residents with the opportunity to invest in their own high-quality renewable energy solar installation with potentially significant savings on installation cost. 

“Folks all over the Midwest are realizing that solar is no longer future tech,” said Peter Murphy, Solar Program Manager for Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA). “It’s happening today, and this program helps them learn what solar is, how it works, and helps them right-size their expectations.”

The program is administered by the MREA at no cost to the county. This type of program has been successful in other jurisdictions in Wisconsin Illinois, and Iowa, and as seen in neighboring Iowa County as well as Milwaukee, Cedar Rapids, Urbana-Champaign, Bloomington-Normal, and elsewhere. 

Through July, MREA will provide free, public, one-hour long educational sessions called Solar Power Hours all over Sauk County for prospective participants to learn how solar energy works and to answer questions. The program’s website, SolarSaukCounty.com, includes a sign up form that area residents can fill out for an estimate, or to receive general program updates and Solar Power Hour announcements.

The MREA was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit shortly after the first Energy Fair in 1990. MREA’s mission is to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration. To learn more, call 715-592-6595 or visit www.midwestrenew.org.