Interest In Solar Energy Grows
(Energy News - January 2012)

The SunShot Initiative: Powering Solar Energy Breakthroughs

As part of its ongoing commitment to large-scale development of renewable energies, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced The SunShot Initiative, an effort to make solar systems more cost competitive with other forms of energy. With the SunShot Initiative, the DOE intends to reduce the installed cost of solar energy systems by 75% by the end of this decade.

The SunShot Initiative aims to cut solar technology costs, reduce grid integration costs and accelerate solar deployment. The DOE will provide up to $7 million in research grants and loan guarantees to private firms for the development of concepts and technologies that transform the way solar energy is currently utilized.

Benefits of a strong solar energy industry include a clean, abundant and affordable source of energy for homeowners and communities, job creation in domestic solar manufacturing and distribution, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and technological leadership in smart grid innovation.

As interest in solar energy continues to grows in Wisconsin, so do the possibilities for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for Wisconsin Public Service. Currently:

  • 61 commercial customers have solar PV systems installed.
  • 47 of the 63 high schools in the WPS electric service area participate in SolarWise┬« for Schools.

WPS also walks the walk when it comes to solar power, using a 12-kW solar plant at its Green Bay service center since 1993.

If you're interested in finding our more about solar power and how it could benefit your business, there are plenty of incentives and grants offered to pay for installation of solar panels.