The City of Milwaukee's solar program, Milwaukee Shines, works throughout the greater Milwaukee area to provide a comprehensive approach to promoting the adoption of solar energy. The Milwaukee Shines team supports solar energy investment by increasing solar education for consumers and professionals, providing connections to low-interest financing and other economic resources, and working to improve the process for installing solar in the greater Milwaukee areas.

The City of Milwaukee is also investing in a clean energy future!

So far, the City has invested in 12 renewable energy installations, ranging from solar electric, solar hot water and a wind project.

These renewable energy projects are part of a broader initiative by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to reduce the energy consumption in City facilities. In addition, in July 2012, the City of Milwaukee announced its participation in the US Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge, which will further reduce our energy use, reduce the cost for tax payers, and improve the environment for the entire community.

Tour the Installations

Follow the links below for real-time production data and information on each of our renewable energy installations in the City of Milwaukee.

  • Cameron Yard - 2919 W. Cameron Ave. - Solar Hot Water
  • Central Repair Garage - 2142 W. Canal St. - Solar Hot Water and Solar Electric
  • Engine House #13 - 2901 N. 30th St. - Solar Hot Water
  • Engine House #23 - 2130 W. Oklahoma Ave. - Solar Hot Water
  • Engine House #35 - 100 N. 64th St. - Solar Hot Water
  • Engine House #36 - 4060 N. 27th St. - Solar Hot Water
  • Engine House #4 - 9511 W. Appleton Ave. - Solar Hot Water
  • Engine House #5 - 1313 W. Reservoir Ave.  - Solar Hot Water
  • Recycling Education Facility - 1313 W. Mt Vernon Ave. - Solar Electric
  • Central Library - 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. - Solar Electric
    • The Milwaukee Public Library worked with the City of Milwaukee's Office of Environmental Sustainability, We Energies, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and Focus on Energy to create a green roof on 30,000 square feet of the Central Library annex.  We Energies helped fund the solar electric panels on the roof, which generates about 36,000 kilowatt hours per year. This project replaces 30,000 square feet of traditional non-porous roof with a vegetative system that reduces polluted stormwater runoff, urban heat islands and improves air quality. Over the long-term, the project reduces costs for water treatment systems and infrastructure. Click HERE for more information on the project.
  • Port of Milwaukee Administration Building - 2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr. - Wind Turbine
    • The City of Milwaukee's Office of Environmental Sustainability and the Port of Milwaukee's partnered together to install a 100 KW wind turbine at the Port's administration building near the shore of Lake Michigan.  The wind turbine provides more than 100% of the electricity needs for the administration building.  Not only is the installation of the wind turbine sustainable for the Milwaukee community by providing clean energy, but it helps support Wisconsin's local wind industry by assuring the majority of the components of the turbine were made in Wisconsin.  Click HERE for more information on the project.




 Milwaukee Shines is a project of the City of Milwaukee's Office of Environmental Sustainability and funded through the US Department of Energy's Solar America Cities SunShot programs.

Solar Energy Myths

  • Click HERE to read about Misconceptions about Solar Electric.

Solar Case Studies

  • Click HERE to find out about solar energy projects in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

Educational Resources





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