After six very successful conferences it is time to declare victory and move on. Since the first Solar Decade Conference in 2005:
• The installed price of solar photovoltaic (PV) in Wisconsin had dropped in half.
• The number of North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified Solar PV Installers in Wisconsin has grown from five to fifty; plus two Certified PV Technical Sales professionals and 20 Certified Solar Thermal Installers.
• The largest PV installation in the state has gone from a 23.6 kilowatt (kW) system at UW-Green Bay’s Mary Ann Cofrin Hall to a 2.2 megawatt (MW) system at Epic Systems in Verona (expected completion in 2012). Wisconsin has a number of other large PV installations including systems at Milwaukee Area Technical College (540 kW), Johnson Controls (385 kW), Orion Energy Systems (341 kW), and GE Healthcare Waukesha (240 kW).
• The installed capacity of PV in Wisconsin was less than 100 kW statewide; today the are many megawatt’s of PV installed across hundreds of systems.
The archived presentations from the past five conferences are still available for downloading. For additional information about solar power and related topics, please go to:
Focus on Energy
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Wisconsin Green Building Alliance
American Solar Energy Society
Solar Electric Power Association
Wisconsin Solar Energy Industries Association
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners