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Today, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin launched two solar programs to help citizens and businesses in Madison "go solar" in 2018.

The Madison Group Buy for Homes program will run for the third consecutive year in 2018, aiming to help 30-40 more Madison residents install solar panels. Solar installation costs have dropped significantly in the past decade, and along with federal and state incentives, a homeowner can expect to recover their investment in 8-10 years.

Over the past two years, this program has helped 80 residents install solar on their property. Thais Passos, a resident who installed solar with the program in 2017, praised the ease and customer service of working through the MadiSUN program.

Madison homeowners can also take advantage of a solar energy loan with Summit Credit Union to help finance the cost of their solar project.

New for 2018, Mayor Soglin also launched the MadiSUN Solar for Business Program. Along with education and business-to-business communication, the program will have a $30,000 fund of rebates to further incentivize Madison businesses to pursue solar.

Rik Rosenlund, Owner of Midwest Solar Power, discussed the solar installation at the Milio’s on East Johnson Street, where the press conference was held. He said businesses can access additional federal incentives and see a payback of 5-7 years for an investment in solar power.

Interested citizens and businesses should learn more at and sign up with the "I’m Interested" form. After that, a representative from RENEW Wisconsin, which is contracted by the City to administer the programs, will contact the interested party to gather more information and walk through the next steps to installing solar.

Five community education sessions have already been scheduled which are free for the public to attend and learn more:
- Tuesday, May 22, at the Madison College Truax Campus, Room 215 of the Protective Services Building, 1701 Pearson St, 5:30pm
- Thursday, May 24, at the Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld Street, 5:30pm
- Wednesday, June 6, Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound Street, 6:00 pm
- Tuesday, June 26, Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street, 6:00 pm
- Tuesday, July 24, Vintage Brewing Company, 674 South Whitney Way, 6:00 pm

Additional information sessions are being confirmed, and meetings for businesses to learn from other businesses which have already installed solar are being developed as well.

The program’s website,, will be updated as additional events and program information is confirmed.