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     The Wisconsin Distributed Resources Collaborative provided a limited amount of funding as a donation toward distributed energy resource related activities in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

     Applications were considered on a case-by-case basis by the Wisconsin Distributed Resources Collaborative under the terms of a Request for Applications. The Wisconsin Distributed Resources Collaborative donated to the following activities:


2016


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          RENEW Wisconsin 

   
   RENEW Wisconsin (RENEW) received a donation to support its sixth annual Renewable Energy Policy Summit, held Thursday, January 19, 2017. This year’s Summit was themed “Clean Energy Goes Mainstream” and focused on how utilities, businesses, and citizens are adopting more renewable and distributed energy, and how Wisconsin’s economy can benefit from the trend.

   In this Summit, RENEW provided concrete, credible examples of how utilities and customers are
successfully evolving to incorporate more distributed resources into their operations. For utilities,
meeting customer desires and evolving towards more clean and local resources are key objectives.
For private citizens and businesses, having the ability to produce their own clean power and reduce
monthly bills over time are key drivers.
arrow "Clean Energy Goes Mainstream" - Presentation on 2017 RENEW WI Energy Summit

Heart of the City (Ft. Atkinson)      

               Heart of the City, Fort Atkinson


  
 Heart of the City, (HOC), a Fort Atkinson-based grassroots group promoting sustainable development  and citizen engagement with local government is working to facilitate a private-public expansion of a project of solar site assessments and feasibility studies of ten public buildings begun in Fall 2016.

   With the blessing of the City and the cooperation of Madison Solar Consultants, Heart of the City has worked out a fair and efficient process to offer subsidies to willing local business to have solar site assessments and feasibility studies conducted for their commercial sites. Our goal is to increase awareness of and support for the city's efforts, and to make it as easy as possible for more local businesses to gather objective information they need to make solid decisions about adding solar production to their buildings. Ultimately, the hope is that the City's efforts, combined with private business efforts, will create a culture normalizing solar in the City of 12,000 population. Homeowners, developers and builders will be invited to track the numbers and evaluate the savings renewable energy affords the City and commercial sectors so that renewable energy and sustainable building practices are top of mind for new buildings and remodels.

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       Milwaukee Shines, City of Milwaukee Solar Program


Milwaukee Shines, the City of Milwaukee’s solar program, has stimulated solar installations in southeast Wisconsin since its inception in 2009. Milwaukee Shines has worked to increase the amount of solar installed in the City to 1.7 megawatts by the start of 2016.  The City of Milwaukee is working to facilitate a smooth transition to large scale adoption, and solar O&M is an important piece to this expanding market, in order to ensure quality installations are truly benefiting the City and the homes and businesses that are choosing to install solar. To date, there is no O&M plan for City installations and having one in place will benefit the City and serve as a guide for other municipalities.

   With funding from WIDRC, Milwaukee Shines, the City of Milwaukee’s solar program, will partner with a third party trainer to provide training that ensures PV systems are being property maintained. This training will also help ensure solar installers and municipal staff are up to speed on the latest solar technology applications and the operations and maintenance requirements that accompany any PV installation such as: repairing or replacing equipment, monitoring, diagnostics, module and racking inspections, cleaning, vegetation control and warranty management.

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            Midwest Renewable Energy Association


     The MREA will develop and deliver advanced Solar operations and maintenance training to municipalities, facility owners and solar contractors in Wisconsin to assure their expected system lifetimes of 25 or more years.
     Funds will be used to develop curriculum that outlines O&M strategies for PV systems in northern latitudes where additional stresses of extreme temperature ranges, seasonal sun angles and snow loads can become service related issues.


 2015



Wisconsin Solar Academy 
    Madison Area Technical College,
      Renewable Energy Program

 

     Madison College will hold a second annual SolarEducator Academy for Wisconsin high school teachers in the summer of 2016. This training will provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers with hands-on experience installing photovoltaic systems, along with activities and pedagogical strategies to incorporate solar energy in their curriculum and instruction.

     These funds will enable the purchase of the small, hands-on equipment that Academy participants can use in their classrooms. Last year’s participants confirmed that teachers have lots of classroom professional development opportunities available; they have far fewer options to gain hands-on experience in new technology. This Academy will provide this opportunity as well as provide specific information and lab activities that teachers can bring back to the classroom at a low cost.

arrow  Link to Presentation on 2016 WI STEM Educator Solar Institute

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            Midwest Renewable Energy Association


     The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) will expand the municipal workshop track accomplished at the 2015 Energy Fair to engage more solar market stakeholders at the 27th Annual Energy Fair (June 17–19, 2016) in Custer, WI. Educational workshops and a networking event will be targeted to three main audiences: local government officials, solar installers, and solar purchasers.

      The municipal educational workshops will focus on implementing best practices in the areas of solar permitting, planning, and zoning in local Wisconsin units of government (i.e. cities, counties, townships). Requested funds will support training stipends for up to 30 workshop attendees, marketing efforts, and expenses to host a Solar Market Stakeholder networking event. Resources developed for the workshop track will be publicly available online after The Energy Fair.

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          RENEW Wisconsin 

    RENEW Wisconsin (RENEW) received a donation to support its fifth annual Renewable Energy Policy Summit, held Thursday, January 21, 2016. This year’s Summit was themed “Shaping the Utility of the Future” and focused on how utilities are evolving in the face of increasing distributed resources and a changing energy policy landscape.

    In this Summit, RENEW offered concrete, credible examples of how utilities are successfully evolving to incorporate more distributed resources into their generation mix in a way that improves the companies’ relationships with customers, and meets and exceeds federal and state policies and requirements to increase renewables and reduce emissions. Key policies and programs were discussed that enable customer investments in renewable distributed generation. These policies and programs will drive the distributed resources industries in 2016 and beyond.
Link to Summary Report on 2016 RENEW Energy Policy Summit


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                 City of Fitchburg Citizen’s Solar Farm (FCSF)

   
    The Fitchburg Citizen’s Solar Farm project team will evaluate community interest and feasibility of developing a community solar farm in the City of Fitchburg. They will provide a roadmap for citizen investment in community solar farms, tapping currently available tax credits, with an attractive ROI.

    As part of the project, the FCSF team will design and implement a survey in house to gauge community attitudes and interest. Finally, the FCSF will evaluate existing models of municipal community solar farms in Wisconsin, laying the groundwater for advancing a community solar garden.


 2014



Wisconsin Solar Academy   
     Madison Area Technical College,
      Renewable Energy Program

     Madison College will hold a Solar Training Academy for Wisconsin high school teachers and two year college instructors in the summer of 2015. This training will provide teachers with hands-on experience installing photovoltaic systems as well as practical advice for bringing this material back to their classrooms.    

     These funds will be used to purchase the small, hands-on equipment representative of equipment Academy participants will be able to use in their classrooms. The College has PV equipment for training PV technicians, installers and electricians, but has not acquired equipment suitable for classroom demonstrations. These are small scale PV systems similar to those installed by Madison College in their international classes taught in Costa Rica and Belize.
Link to Wisconsin Solar Academy Presentation

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          Midwest Renewable Energy Association


     The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) will expand municipal outreach and education efforts in Wisconsin with the objective of implementing best practices in the areas of solar permitting, planning, and zoning in local Wisconsin units of government (i.e. cities, counties, townships). These funds will help develop and execute a “Solar Permitting, Planning, and Zoning” workshop track at the 26th Annual Energy Fair to be held June 19–21, 2015 in Custer, WI.     

     The workshop track will be tailored to a municipal audience, and will provide attendees with actionable information on how to remove solar market barriers in local jurisdictions. Resources developed for the workshop track will be made publicly available online after the Energy Fair. Donated funds will support the development of the workshop track, outreach and marketing materials for the event, and training stipends for up to 40 attendees from Wisconsin municipalities.


 2013



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A donation was provided to support RENEW’s Energy Policy Summit on January 10, 2014, and for addressing other key distributed generation (DG) stakeholders in additional meetings on January 9th.
arrow Link to Energy Policy Summit agenda and speaker talks.

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With funding from WIDRC, Milwaukee Shines, the City of Milwaukee’s solar program, will provide inspector training to ensure consistent application of permitting and code requirements. This training will also help ensure inspectors are up to speed on the latest solar technology applications and changes to the National Electric Code. Inspectors from jurisdictions in southeast Wisconsin will also be invited to participate. Additionally, the results of Milwaukee’s expedited permit and the WIDRC-funded inspector training will be shared throughout the state, which will help not only spur solar investment, but also ensure safe solar installations throughout Wisconsin.

Ben Kaldunski  

Candidate for M.S. in Environment & Resources/Energy Analysis & Policy Certificate Nelson Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison

WIDRC provided assistance to Mr. Kaldunski's research project which will examine the economic costs and benefits of using microgrids as the main technology to promote distributed renewable generation in the Madison metro area. His study will compare a baseline scenario for the city under current policies, generation mixes and price assumptions from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) against a high penetration microgrid deployment scenario aimed at achieving at least a 50% renewable electricity supply by 2035. It will identify the costs associated with pursuing this aggressive transition to a microgrid-based power distribution system and assess the cost burden on different stakeholders (i.e. ratepayers, private developers, government agencies and power companies). The impact on energy prices and customer rates will also be examined.
Report Prepared for WIDRC (October 2014) "An Economic Analysis of Solar PV Microgrids:
            Are They a Cost-Effective Option for Solar Deployment in Madison?"