UWM’s Solar Ambassador Team is helping Milwaukee nonprofits go green.
Working with RE-volv, a nonprofit that covers the upfront costs for other nonprofits’ solar projects, UWM’s student service group is helping crowdfund its second solar energy upgrade.
If the team raises $10,567 by April 4, it will install a solar energy system atop the River Revitalization Foundation’s building at 2134 N. Riverboat Road. The River Revitalization Foundation is a Milwaukee nonprofit land trust that conserves, preserves and protects the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers.
The project will reduce the foundation’s energy costs by at least 15 percent annually, and you can make donations at this website.
Organizations working with RE-volv can sign a 20-year, lease-to-own contract on their green energy projects and repay RE-volv with savings from their utility bills. RE-volv uses a mix of crowdfunded donations and client payments to support its future projects.
In 2016, the UWM Solar Ambassador Team funded a $16,710 campaign to install solar panels on the roof of Milwaukee’s Riverwest Co-op, which will save the grocery store $40,000 in long-term energy costs.