Madison gets new grants for solar program

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

From an announcement made by the U.S. Department of Energy:

On October 8, 2009, the Department of Energy announced $10M through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for 40 new Solar America Cities Special Projects in 16 cities. This funding will enable the cities to increase solar energy use in their communities through innovative programs and policies that can then be replicated across the nation. . . .

MadiSUN Community Solar Financing
The City will develop a financing strategy that allows residents and businesses to take an ownership share in solar projects located on City property, enabling a greater portion of the community to invest in local solar energy generation.

Target Marketing Solar to Businesses
The City will deliver customized assessments and economic analyses to businesses and business groups that are well-positioned to invest in solar energy systems.

Solar Business Center
The City will develop a solar business and educational hub, based on the Solar Info Center of Freiburg, Germany, intended to support the rapid and sustained deployment of solar in the Midwest.