The Ashland Area Development Corporation (AADC) in Wisconsin installs a 120 kWDC rooftop solar project using donated panels that will offset nearly 80% of the organization’s energy consumption annually. The panels were received through a combination of two grants from Solar for Good and Nokomis Energy, a Minneapolis-based clean energy developer. The solar panels installed on the AADC will be connected to the Xcel Energy grid.
The Solar for Good program, administered by RENEW Wisconsin, a Madison, Wisconsin, nonprofit, clean energy nonprofit, donates solar panels to faith-based organizations and other eligible nonprofits. AADC was awarded 150 panels through this program, which is funded by the generous support of the Couillard Solar Foundation, a private philanthropic family also based in Madison.
Another 167 panels and part of the installation service were donated to the AADC by Nokomis Energy. Founded to accelerate the local adoption of clean energy in the Upper Midwest, the company has two employees who live in the Lake Superior-Chequamegon Bay region of northwest Wisconsin.
“Our goal is to bring the benefits of clean energy to our communities, now and in the future,” said Amber Vadnais, project manager at Nokomis Energy. “This project gives us the perfect opportunity to do that in a very real way.”
Since 2017, Nokomis Energy has developed 250 acres of community solar projects in Minnesota. Buying bulk container-scale panels for these large projects sometimes results in redundant equipment, which the company donated to the AADC project.
Ashland-based Jolma Electric is the installation contractor for the AADC project and hopes to complete the work before the winter season. Cheq Bay Renewables assisted with project development.
Additional equipment, electrical wiring, switchgear and installation will be covered by capital provided by AADC and a low-interest revolving loan coordinated with the City of Ashland and the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL).
News item from Nokomis Energy