Grow Solar La Crosse initiative provides savings to home, business owners

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – La Crosse area home and business owners will have cost-saving and carbon-reduction opportunities with the Grow Solar La Crosse program.

The program will allow individual home and commercial property owners to access competitive prices for solar installations through group purchases, according to a news release from the City of La Crosse.

The City of La Crosse, La Crosse County, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) are supporting the solar group purchase program for residents and businesses located within La Crosse County.

“Grow Solar has the potential to dramatically increase La Crosse’s renewable energy generation and its energy independence, while also supporting our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050,” said City of La Crosse Environmental Planner, Lewis Kuhlman.

MREA will work with a local team to provide free, one-hour educational sessions for the public. The “Solar Power Hour” webinars will provide participants with information on how solar energy works and answer questions. To register, visit the Grow Solar La Crosse website here. Home and business owners may sign up for an estimate, general program updates, and Solar Power Hour announcements.

The full schedule of webinars is available at the website, and the first few presentations are as follows:

“Even if solar doesn’t work where you live, you can help pay for solar panels on La Crosse schools and organizations that will help reduce their electricity bills and reduce their use of fossil fuels,” said Cathy Van Maren of the Coulee Region Sierra Club. Van Maren is helping with the new Solar on La Crosse Schools group.
“Over the past few months, an increasing number of households have been both working and schooling from home,” said Peter Murphy, Solar Program Director for the MREA. “Home energy use is now a budget concern for both households and businesses. A properly designed and installed solar electric system can effectively turn the expense into an investment return.”
The program is administered by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) at no cost to the community. This type of program has been successful in other jurisdictions in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.