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Pewaukee-based developer Matt Neumann admits he might appear to be an unlikely advocate for solar energy. His political roots are deep, and conservative.

“When I got into solar, I found myself in the extreme minority of Republicans or conservatives who thought solar was a good idea. As a matter of fact, a lot of people thought I was crazy," Neumann explains. "Now we’re cost-competitive, and Republicans and Democrats agree that they want to do the right thing for the environment.”

Neumann Companies

Renewable energy, and the movement to make it more widespread, was partially pioneered in Central Wisconsin in the 1960s and 1970s. And from those first forays into that new technology the Midwest Renewable Energy Association – or MREA - was born.

This weekend the organization is staging its 27th annual Energy Fair – a tradition that attracts thousands of people from around the country.

Ahead of the fair’s kickoff today, we talked with three Milwaukee-based renewable energy proponents.

Susan Bence

Thursday signaled two water-related gatherings in Milwaukee. One was strictly business, the other oozed community.

Marquette University hosted the gathering of The Water Council and Midwest Energy Research Consortium or M-WERC.

In September 2015 the two groups began a conversation about the “energy-water nexus”. It’s a conversation with a goal – a “roadmap” of research and business opportunities created by the relationship of water and energy.

Erick Shambarger

The 13th annual Sustainability Summit begins Wednesday in Milwaukee.  It's taking place, for the first time, at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in the Menomonee Valley.

This year’s theme is engaging community, business & academia in sustainable action.

The summit, which brings local, regional and national leaders to address a variety of sustainability-related topics, has a new director, Mark Felsheim.

Neumann Companies

Pewaukee-based builder and developer Matt Neumann added solar installation to his business in 2009. He calls the timing perfect.

“Because in 2008 the federal investment tax credit was extended until the cap was lifted so you could receive a 30 percent tax credit for any system you install, whether is was $1,000 or $ 1 million,” he says.

S Bence

A panel in Milwaukee this week largely criticized the rule that would reduce Wisconsin's coal-burning power plant emissions 34 percent by 2030. Only one renewable energy advocate expressed support.

The Common Council has ordered two agencies to explore the city's options for becoming energy independent. WE Energies disputes reasons cited.

S Bence

Milwaukee County supervisors voted (16-2) Thursday to study the feasibility of installing solar panels at the airport. 

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A former U.S. Energy Department leader says Wisconsin's efforts to implement and grow sustainable energy resources show signs of "stalling" and even "going backward."

Todd Weiler, City of Milwaukee

The U.S. Department of Energy applauded Milwaukee recently for its energy-saving initiatives.

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  WE Energies may close its power plant in Marquette, because a large mining customer there is switching providers. Unlike Wisconsin, Michigan allows electric choice.

Milwaukee's solar landscape continues to expand and contract. Before Helios Solar Works shut down, Solar Riverwest came to life.

Renewable Energy Group's Message 'Fairs' Well

Jun 20, 2013
Susan Bence

We travel to central Wisconsin to learn about the history of the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair.

Designer: Green Building the Way of the Future

Jun 13, 2013
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Green building is picking up energy.

Michelle Maternowski

Wisconsin has been a leader in some aspects of the green energy movement.

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