Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Group-Buy Model Solar Initiative

Milwaukee solar initiative hopes to expand group-buy model
Feb. 19, 2014 - Milwaukee's solar initiative is looking to expand on its first group-buy solar initiative last year, which helped lead to more than 30 installations across the city.

That's three times as many solar installations than in 2012, and the city credits the growth to a solar group-purchase program that began in the Riverwest neighborhood.

The public-private partnership helps residents take advantage of lower-cost solar installations through volume purchasing. The group buy was responsible for 16 installations in Riverwest, along with another in Bay View.

"The solar group-buy model has proved successful because it provides education on the technology, financing solutions and utilizes the strength of volume purchasing to bring the cost down even more," said Amy Heart, manager of Milwaukee Shines, a project of the city's Office of Environmental Sustainability. read more>>>

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