Solar hot water systems were installed recently at three two- to four-unit multi-family properties in Lindsay Heights through a joint effort between a city agency and two nonprofits.
The project is funded by the City of Milwaukee’s solar program, Milwaukee Shines, as well as Focus on Energy, which works with Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and Walnut Way Conservation Corp. Hot Water Products, one of the suppliers, also donated three panels for the energy saving effort.
Michael Stewart, a tenant at 2350 N. 16th St., is pleased with the move, since it saves energy, helps the environment and also saves money.
Eight solar thermal system panels were installed on roofs or awnings. The panels use the sun’s heat, instead of electricity or gas, to warm the water in a water tank. According to Jeremy Davis, Lindsay Heights energy conservation coordinator, the solar energy panels are expected to “take care of 75 to 85 percent of the household’s hot water needs.”
Davis added, “A community spending less on utilities has more financial freedom, giving the community more options to spend and invest their money.” Walnut Way will continue exploring how to promote and educate residents in Lindsay Heights about solar energy solutions, he said.
Walnut Way Conservation Corp and Milwaukee Shines will host a celebration event at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at 2350 N. 16th Street. The ceremony will provide information about renewable energy and opportunities for savings on utility costs. For more information about the event, please contact Jeremy Davis at 414-264-2326 x15, firstname.lastname@example.org.