Solar Landing Page
This website represents a collection of solar resources for the community. The city has roughly 1.1 MW of existing photovoltaics (PV) solar and that capacity is expected to double in 2017. The City is seeking Solsmart designation for solar friendly community gold status in 2017 and has deemed this year the "Year of Solar' for the community. The City's goals can be found on its Solar Statement. In several places below, a Solar Brochure has been referenced. This lists helpful resources all in one place.
Solar energy uses a renewable energy source – the sun – and provides many benefits for individuals and the community. It improves environmental quality by reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, supports about 2,000 jobs and over 166 companies in Wisconsin (SEIA), saves money on energy costs as the price continues to drop from increasing demand and technological developments, and adds electric grid resilience during peak demand and other stresses to the system.
Ordinance, Permitting & Process
Please see the solar permitting process guide, including what the electric utilities require. The solar brochure listed above contains ordinance details. Small solar PV projects (10kW or less) have a turnaround time of less than 3 business days. Application forms and current fees can be found on the Inspections Division's webpage.
Find a Contractor
Find a solar contractor (or two) to assess your home for solar energy and provide a bid. Certified practitioners can be found through NABCEP. The Solar Energy Industries Association's site also provides a map of area contractors. The following is a non-exhaustive list of contractors who have done business in the community.
Financing, Incentives & Tax Exemptions
Solar Rights & Procedure
Read the State Statute about your solar rights. Onus is on property owner/applicant. Approved permit represents notice.
Historic Properties/Districts Guidance
If a property is landmarked or within a historic district, contact the City at 715-839-4914 for advice. Guidance on solar installations can also be found here- see specifically pages 14-15.
- Chippewa Valley Affordable Solar Group Buy
- Xcel Energy – community solar
- Eau Claire Energy Cooperative – community solar
- CVTC Energy Education Center