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solardtMadison and Middleton offer assistance

The cities of Madison and Middleton announced the launch of the MadiSUN Solar Group Buy program, a collaborative program that helps residents easily and affordably invest in solar electric systems on their homes. The announcement continues the steady stream of renewable energy commitments and solar projects announced in Wisconsin, and follows 2016’s successful solar group buy program—the largest in Wisconsin to date.

The MadiSUN Solar Group Buy program will enable Madison and Middleton residents to “go solar” together.  Through the group buy program, a team of community members requests offers from solar companies across the region. The program then pre-qualifies a price and service provider to make it as easy as possible for people to join the program. The City’s investment in marketing and competitive bidding will drive down the cost for each participant. The cost of installing solar has never been lower, and households can receive a Federal Tax Credit for 30 percent of the system cost, while Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program offers up to $2,000 in additional rebates.

The program, through its contractor RENEW Wisconsin, has begun recruiting interested households to participate. This summer, citizens can learn more and sign up at madisunsolar.com.

The City will partner Summit Credit Union to offer a special Solar Energy Loan Program where residents can finance 100 percent of a solar electric system with no fees or collateral. “Summit Credit Union is thrilled to continue partnering with the City of Madison bringing solar technology to the area,” they said in a statement.  Details on the MadiSUN loan program can be found on the website summitcreditunion.com or by calling 800-236-0985.

Six educational events were also announced as part of the program, aimed at helping residents learn more about solar energy and the options available for installing solar. All events are free and open to the public. The dates, times, and locations information sessions are available at www.madisunsolar.com/upcoming-events.

Sign up to learn more about the program at https://madisunsolar.com.


[ Trump opens door to stripping park and monument protection ]

Amid a new flurry of executive orders, Trump will direct Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to examine all national monuments designated since the beginning of 1996, presumably with an eye toward shrinking their boundaries and reducing protection.

[ Earth Day in Madison ]

earthcutedtEarth Day is Saturday April 22.

How will you celebrate our planet?

Here are some suggestions!

March For Science The Madison March begins at 1pm at James Madison Park and moves towards UW Library Mall. Informational booths will be set up along Library Mall and State Street Mall around 2pm, and speakers will begin around 2:30pm, once all participants have completed the route. More info here.

Earth Day Challenge Join the Madison Parks Department and help clean up the city’s parks. They’ll even supply the gloves, garbage bags and rakes. Volunteer.

Wisconsin’s Earth Day Heritage: Event at the Capitol Rotunda includes readings of texts by Aldo Leopold, John Muir, and Gaylord Nelson. 10am-2pm. Learn more.

Spring Cleanup in Fitchburg: MedDrop, electronics recycling and free shredding. More info here.

Earth Day Festival at Circle Sanctuary in Barneveld. Welcome in the new Blessed Bees Apiary with workshops about beekeeping, mead making, community-building, and more. More info here.

Celebrate Earth Day, The Right Way a DreamBank celebration for families with birdfeeder making and more at 1 South Pinckney Street. Learn more.

Earth Day Expo  The Sustainable Stoughton event includes more than 30 artists, food producers, musicians, and environmental organizations which will be gathering at the Chorus Public House in Stoughton. This FREE event runs from 10 AM. to 5 PM. More info here.

Party for the Planet at the Henry Vilas Zoo. Get a free Earth Day coloring book and tree sapling, check out MG&E’s energy trailer, and more. Oh, and they have animals there. Check it out.

[ Pruitt visits East Chicago’s toxic neighborhoods – while slashing funding for lead control, cleanup ]

The hypocrisy hasn’t been lost on community activists who fought for years to try protect East Chicago children from lead poisoning.


[ This emerging industry is creating American jobs that Trump’s policies will undermine ]

Trump is putting valuable home-grown jobs at risk by rolling back methane reduction policies.


[ Public health attacks you missed during the Congressional recess ]

More toxic rivers and waterways, more mercury in the air, and more to come.


[ Another industry-funded lobbyist tapped by Trump? ]

Industry influence in Trump's White House could expand: Kathleen Hartnett White, a lobbyist for a group in large part funded by the energy industry, is being considered for the Director of the Council on Environmental Quality.


[ Environmental groups urge Secretary Zinke to include public in public land policies ]

Caroline Mosley

Leaders from 16 prominent national conservation and environmental organizations sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to preserve commonsense energy reforms and ensure th


[ Your Choice. ]

You have a choice.

If you’re reading this, you’re likely one of many Americans who cares about the health of our natural resources and making sure they’re still there down the road to nourish and sustain our children. You’re also one of many Americans who has watched recently as the progress we’ve made as a society to protect our planet is undermined.

But as a friend of EarthShare, you also know that we like to focus on solutions. You are an important part of that.


This June, EarthShare is launching new initiatives to accelerate positive environmental change through the collaborative power of motivated businesses, individuals, and our nationwide network of environmental and conservation organizations. We believe we are more powerful when we join forces, and that’s why we’re reaching out to you now for your support.


Please consider making a donation this April in honor of Earth Month, and in the spirit of working together to protect what’s worth fighting for: Clean, breathable air. Drinkable water. Green, open spaces and ancient forests. Walkable communities and healthy schools. Renewable energy solutions. Wildlife and the habitat that is their home. Our children’s future.


You do have the power to protect what matters to you. You can make a secure online donation through our website now that makes it possible for America’s oldest environmental coalition and our hundreds of member organizations to continue the work we do protecting people and the planet we all live on.

Never doubt that you have a choice about our environment’s future. As long as we have the support of people like you, we’ll continue to bring you solutions and care for our most valuable asset: a healthy environment.


Thank you from all of us at EarthShare

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[ Would EPA’s chief rather redefine “healthy” smog levels than listen to his scientists? ]

More than 50 percent of Americans live in areas with unhealthy air. Pruitt’s solution? To question pollution standards.