Local solar projects get boost from federal funds

Funding for a number of solar projects across Wisconsin is on the way following the passage of the $1.7 trillion bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Act, which earmarked more than $255.7 million in federal funds for Wisconsin.

Sun Prairie is receiving $3.2 million in funding that will go toward a solar radiation water pollution control facility that is described as a more sustainable process for treating wastewater, according to a report from Wisconsin Public Radio.

Jeremy Cramer, Sun Prairie’s wastewater treatment director, said the system cleans water using bacteria before it’s removed and digested in an anaerobic digester. The new method would reduce diesel fuel costs, and it could potentially be used as a lawn fertilizer. The system is the first of its kind in the state and could save Sun Prairie upwards of $100,000 a year, but federal time constraints could delay the project until 2025.

Madison’s Truax Park Apartments complex on the city’s northeast side is also receiving $1.5 million for solar panel installation.