City of Madison starts program to help homes and businesses install solar

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Larry Walker (left), who will provide the assistance to homeowners and businesses thorugh MadiSUN, talks with Mayor Cieslewicz in front of a solar installation at Goodman Pool at the announcement of the new program.

From a story by Ron Seely in the Wisconsin State Journal:

From solar-powered water heaters in fire stations to solar panels on schools and some libraries, Madison is increasingly turning to the sun for energy.

Now, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the city hopes to encourage more homeowners and businesses to convert to solar power. The grant is part of the federal Solar America Initiative, which is making $5 million available nationwide to encourage the use of solar power. Madison joins 25 other cities in winning one of the competitive grants.

Madison, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz announced Tuesday, has become MadiSUN. At least that's the name that's been attached to the city's initiative.