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Here Comes the Sun. Rehab with Solar!

The Wisconsin Management Company was the setting for WI-CARH's Spring Training - Here Comes the Sun: Rehab with Solar on May 16. The session included an overview of a recent $2.8 million rehab completed for the Dane County Housing Authority including 140 KW of solar to offset heat, air conditioning and electricity costs in affordable housing. There was an expert panel detailing how the project was financed, designed, and installed.​

After a brief welcome and announcements by Russ Endres, CEO of Wisconsin Management Company and Secretary of WI-CARH, the training was kicked off by Frank Frassetto, USDA State Director.

The first session of the day entailed Modernizing with Solar was conducted by Rob Dicke from the Dane County Housing Authority. His presentation discussed the DCHA's preservation and rehabilitation of 54 units of USDA Rural Development Housing. He told how the project was financed, the scope of rehab and a unique approach to HVAC modernization utilizing solar.

Rik Rosenlund, Partner of Midwest Solar Power, LLC session was an Overview of the Solar System. Rik discussed what makes up the solar system and the interconnection of the solar system output to the building electrical service.

After an introduction of all sponsors and a networking break, the session continued with Energy Conservation and Solar Photovoltaic Energy by Michael Hein, President of Hein Engineering Group.

Tom Landgraf Principal from Dimension Development discussed - How to plan for and evaluate the benefits of a solar electric system on your roof. Tom walked through the key elements needed to evaluate ahead of time if you are going to consider a solar electric system. Tom talked about the financial and operating benefits of installing a solar electric system.

Donna Huebner from Rural Development discussed the Multifamily Preservation and Revolving Loan (MPR) program and how this program could be used to help renovate and rejuvenate your property. Donna also discussed the underwriting process.

After lunch, recognition plaques were presented to Dane County Housing Authority (DCHA), Rural Development (RD) and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) for their work on the project.

Brian Driscoll from Madison Gas and Electric talked about Shared Savings and Solar Information. He discussed a background and details about MGE's Shared Savings financing options for energy efficiency projects as well as information about the process for sitting solar systems on properties with MGE's service territories.

We then did a tour of the Verona site to see the finished project.


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