Today’s renewable energy systems are reliable and numerous benefits. Systems are available to both residential homeowners and commercial business owners.  But first things first: energy efficiency.  For every dollar you spend on energy efficiency you will save up to three dollars on the cost of your renewable energy system. The more efficient your building is, the smaller the system can be to meet your energy needs.


  • Clean
  • Reliable
  • Local
  • Creates jobs
  • Adds significant resale value to home
  • Will offset costs of electricity over the life of the system
  • Solar electric panels are generally warrantied for 25 years and have expected life of over 40 years
  • Low operation and maintenance costs (little to no moving parts)
  • Gain experience with technology that may have tremendous future potential
  • Great public relations and opportunities for community education 


There are many resources and lots of information on solar energy systems available.  Below are some materials provided by Milwaukee Shines and some of its partners.




Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.

We Energies

Information about renewable energy and energy efficiency from the SE WI utility service provider.

Focus on Energy

Wisconsin's energy program offers renewable energy incentives and programs for homeowners, commercial, industrial, school, and government customers.

DSIREUSA: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

Database of renewables and incentives offered in the State of Wisconsin.

U.S. Department of Energy

Accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technology.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

The "gold standard" for renewable energy installation and certification.

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