Grants enable community organizations to install solar

MadiSUN Backyard Solar grants, a city of Madison grant program, is allowing four Madison nonprofit organizations to install solar arrays. Four grants of $10,000 each were awarded to:

  • Movin’ Out, an affordable housing developer, to construct a 124-kilowatt solar system on their new housing facility;
  • Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, an affordable housing provider, for a 30-kilowatt project at its administrative building;
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, a house of worship providing clothing donations and a drive-up food pantry, to build a 47-kilowatt array; and 
  • An additional nonprofit organization, which has chosen to remain anonymous at this time.

The program incentivizes nonprofit organizations and affordable housing providers to install solar electric systems on their facilities. Grants cover up to 20% of the cost of a new solar array and offset upfront costs for solar installations in the city’s underserved communities.