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As local businesses realize the return on investment for going solar, the future seems bright for Greater Madison’s solar economy.
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Solar gets affordable for homeowners with MadiSUN program
The cities of Madison and Middleton recently selected Full Spectrum Solar and Midwest Solar Power, two Madison-based solar installation companies, to serve the MadiSUN Solar Group Buy program, which helps residents easily and affordably invest in solar electric systems on their homes.
Through the group-buy program, a team of community members requests offers from solar companies across the region. The program then pre-qualifies a price and service provider to make it as easy as possible for people to join the program. The city’s investment in marketing and competitive bidding will drive down the cost for each participant. The cost of installing solar has never been lower, and households can receive a federal tax credit for 30% of the system cost, while Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program offers up to $2,000 in additional rebates.
The program, through its contractor RENEW Wisconsin, has begun recruiting interested households to participate. This summer, citizens can learn more and sign up at madisunsolar.com.
Katherine Klausing, MadiSUN program manager, said in a press release, “This is going to be a great deal for families who are interested in going solar this year. By going with the group buy and benefiting from the low price we negotiate, families can save an extra 10% compared to what they would pay to go solar alone.”
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