Renewable Energy

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.

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

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."

Susan Bence

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