According to a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, rising concerns over climate change paired with falling prices of renewable energy are causing many governments to invest more in solar energy. Specifically in Wisconsin, officials from the City of Milwaukee and Dane County plan to add more solar panels to municipal buildings to make governments more proactive in addressing climate change and publicize the steps to correct it.
Last week, the Milwaukee Common Council voted to begin plans to construct 1.1 megawatts of solar-generated electricity on six municipal rooftops by the end of the year. This is roughly enough power to meet the needs of 500 homes.
Milwaukee’s sustainability plan currently calls for a 20% reduction in energy use by 2020 and an increase in renewable energy from 8% to 10% today, from electricity it buys from We Energies, to 25% in 2025.
In Dane County, County Executive Joe Parisi said officials expect to invest in wind and solar farms across Wisconsin in 2019, with an aide saying tentative plans call to spend a modest sum — $50,000 to $100,000 — a year.