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Solar program reaches milestone

Paul and Kathy Grosskrueger of Reedsburg installed solar panels as part of the Sauk County Solar Program.

Paul and Kathy Grosskrueger of Reedsburg are part of a growing number of property owners around Sauk County who have decided to add solar to their properties this year.

“We had been thinking about going solar for a while and more seriously the last year,” Paul Grosskrueger said. “When we heard about the push in Sauk County, we went to a Solar Power Hour seminar at Jay’s in Reedsburg.”

Thanks in part to their participation, the program has now surpassed its goal of adding 200 kilowatts of solar around the county.

The program, which began in March and is available until July 31, allows individual home, farm and commercial property owners to access lower prices for solar installations through the power of volume purchasing. Having reached the final 200 kW goal, the pricing has now reached its lowest point for the program.

“We liked what we heard and decided to get a system installed,” Grosskrueger said. “We chose All Sky Energy from Baraboo as they are local and we are happy we did. The installation went smoothly and ahead of their projected date. The panels are producing what we expected and we are glad we did it.”

Midwest Renewable Energy Association provided free, public, one-hour long educational sessions called Solar Power Hours all over Sauk County for prospective participants to learn how solar energy works and to answer questions. The program’s website, solarsaukcounty.com, includes a signup form that area residents can fill out for an estimate, or to receive general program updates and Solar Power Hour announcements.

For more information, call 715-592-6595 or visit midwestrenew.org.