This is how renewable energy works for Wisconsin.
Quilt Block Wind Farm
Quilt Block Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 98 megawatts (MW) — enough to power approximately 25,000 average Wisconsin homes with clean energy each year.
Thais Passos and David Toland installed solar on their home, with help from the MadiSUN solar group buy. “It’s great! We are even happier than we thought we’d be with installing solar.”
Last April, when construction on the Quilt Block wind project got underway just outside of Darlington, Scott Glendenning’s concrete business, BARD Materials, had a big role to play.
April Smith has been working construction in Wisconsin for six years. She lives in Middleton with her husband, an ironworker, and three children. Last spring, April started working construction on the Quilt Block Wind Farm.
American Family Insurance
American Family Insurance, a multi-line insurer headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and a Fortune 500 company, partnered with SunPeak to build the largest rooftop solar system in the state of Wisconsin at its national headquarters. The almost 1.2MW solar photovoltaic system covers a large rooftop on the corporate campus with 4,488 solar panels. This system now generates over 7% of their energy needs.
Martinez is a superintendent and construction manager at EcoPower, overseeing teams of solar installers across the country. His Wisconsin team of about 30 workers installs solar systems in the Milwaukee and Madison area.
Solar for Good
Through a generous partnership with a local philanthropist, RENEW Wisconsin will award a total of $125,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations to assist them in installing solar PV. Solar for Good will also offer small grants for technical assistance to get projects started and see them through to success.
Tim Ott, Project Scientist at DVO
Tim works for DVO, Inc. — an anaerobic digester company located just six miles from his hometown of Hilbert, Wisconsin. He started working for DVO right after he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in natural resource management.
Badger Hydro Plant
Owned and utilized by Kaukana Utilities, the Badger Hydro Plant began operation in January of 2014. It cost $38 million and replaced 2 older facilities and produces 25% more power than the two combined.
Brodie grew up in New Hampton, a small town in northeastern Iowa. After high school, he worked in construction for eight years, including masonry work and servicing forklifts and cranes. Then he caught sight of his first wind turbine.
From April to September in 2017 Tim operated a bulldozer during construction of the Quilt Block Wind Farm, a 98-megawatt wind farm in Lafayette Country owned by EDP Renewables.
Forest County Potawatomi Community
The Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC) Renewable Generation, LLC., Biodigester (i.e. waste-to-energy) Facility located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, converts liquid and solid food wastes to biogas through an anaerobic digestion process.
GreenWhey Energy Biodigester
The GreenWhey Energy project is a greenfield development located in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin that processes food wastes from the dairy products facility and generates electricity and heat.
The Angelo Dam, located on the La Crosse River near the city of Sparta, first generated energy in 1898 and produced power until 1969. Western Technical College purchased the dam in 2010 and decided to bring the power station back online.
Fond du Lac High School
In the fall of 2001, Fond du Lac High School opened its doors to students and began operation of the largest geo-thermal pond system in the United States. Using energy from the earth, geothermal technology provides a reliable and economical heating and cooling alternative for schools and other large commercial institutions.
Kim Griffin may be new to the solar industry, but her past experience as a classroom teacher has helped prepare her for the job. But Kim was looking for something different that would put her skills to use outside of the classroom and keep the paychecks coming in the summer months.