Our annual Ride with RENEW bike tour highlights some of Wisconsin’s leading renewable energy installations while raising $15,000 for RENEW–which will be matched by our generous supporters John and Mary Frantz. All event proceeds support RENEW Wisconsin’s ongoing work to protect and defend renewable energy in Wisconsin.
On September 14, 2019, riders will travel on bicycle to visit the innovative renewable energy facilities in Appleton, WI. We’ll be starting and ending our ride at Prairie Hill State Park. Stops will include the microgrid at Bubolz Nature Preserve; solar at Evergreen Credit Union and Heckrodt Nature Preserve; the wind turbines at Essity; and hydropower at Vulcan Street Hydro Plant. This year’s event will also include an electric vehicle ride and drive.
Early Bird rates will apply until June 30th.
2019 Tour Stops
Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve
The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve is a 700 acre facility used for recreation, conservation, and education. In July 2018, the nature preserve unveiled its new clean energy microgrid composed of solar panels, battery system, and software system.
≈ 11:00 AM
≈ 11:20 AM
Evergreen Credit Union
With a mission to be the most environmentally responsible credit union in the nation, Evergreen Credit Union installed a solar array at their Appleton facility. The solar array produces enough electricity to satisfy 85% of the credit union’s annual electricity demand.
≈ 12:35 PM
≈ 12:55 AM
Essity Wind Turbines
Essity is a global company that manufactures hygiene and health products. In 2007, Essity installed a 20 kW solar PV system, and in 2010, Essity installed four wind turbines that generate 80 kW of energy.
≈ 1:25 PM
≈ 1:45 PM
Heckrodt Nature Preserve
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, a Solar for Good grant recipient, is a 76-acre urban nature reserve. In 2018, Heckrodt installed a 19.6 kilowatt solar panel system to offset 5,000 pounds of CO2 emissions.
≈ 2:00 PM
≈ 2:15 PM
Petit & Dommershausen, SC
The Petit & Dommershausen Law Offices have embraced solar energy at their Menasha and Oshkosh locations. After installing a 20.7 kW solar carport array at their Menasha location in the fall of 2017, Petit & Dommershausen is offsetting approximately 81% of their Menasha office’s annual electricity usage.
≈ 2:30 PM
≈ 2:50 PM
Vulcan Street Plant
The Vulcan Street Hydroelectric Central Station, the world’s first Edison hydroelectric central station, began operation in 1882 in Appleton. The output of the original generator was about 12.5 kilowatts. In 1891, the plant burned down, and a replica of the plant was later built on South Oneida Street.