June 16, 2021
WPPI Energy Wants to Help Nonprofits Install Renewable Energy Projects
Do you know of a church, school, municipal building, or other nonprofit entity interested in installing a renewable energy project? Nonprofit organizations served by WPPI Energy member utilities may be eligible to receive funding of up to 50 percent of the cost to install a wind or solar PV project.
Renewable energy helps offset energy use and reduces the nonprofit’s carbon footprint.
“This is a very successful program,” stated Eric Kostecki, senior energy services manager with WPPI Energy. “We’ve helped 31 nonprofits install renewable energy projects over the past six years. These projects are expected to generate carbon-free energy equivalent to that used by 240 average homes each year.”
Normally only offered once per year, WPPI Energy opened up a special second round of grant funding for 2021. Eligible customers have the opportunity to submit a competitive bid application indicating the incentive needed to implement a renewable energy project on their premises.
Projects that can be completed this calendar year will score favorably, and project capacities are limited only to the extent the expected generation does not exceed the customer’s average annual energy use. WPPI Energy has a grant maximum of $20,000 per project, and if additional local, state or federal grant funding is obtained, total grants and incentives may not exceed 50 percent of project costs.
“These grants are funded through our popular Choose Renewable program, where customers of our member utilities are able to buy renewable energy blocks to promote renewable energy. It’s great when these projects come to fruition and we can show program participants, ‘Look! You helped make this happen,’” said Kostecki.
The bid application materials are due by July 2, 2021.