Solar Powering Your Community - Milwaukee Shines

Local Government Solar Initiatives

Milwaukee Shines, the city of Milwaukee’s Solar Program, was started in 2007 with funding from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar America Cities program.  As one of the 25 Solar America Cities funded by DOE, Milwaukee has worked to expand the use of solar energy throughout the city by increasing solar education for city residents and staff, as well as solar professionals; providing connections to the economic resources needed to invest in solar; and improving the processes and procedures required for installing solar.

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In 2009, the roof on Milwaukee’s Central Library annex was replaced. The new roof includes a green roof with 31 kW solar electric array. The Milwaukee Public Library green roof/solar project was funded through a partnership with the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Milwaukee Shines, We Energies, and Focus on Energy.

In this podcast, Amy Heart, the Solar Program Manager with Milwaukee Shines, discusses the program, its successes, challenges, and lessons learned that have come from Milwaukee’s experiences with solar since being designated a Solar America City in 2008.  

To learn more about Milwaukee Shines, register for the Solar America Communities Workshop: Getting Started with Solar in Your Community or come to the Solar Powering Your Community: The Role of Local Government in Increasing Solar Adoption panel session. For more information about these events at ICMA’s annual conference, click here.

More information about Milwaukee Shines is available at

Solar America Communities is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program designed to increase the use and integration of solar energy in communities across the United States. The International City/County Management Association and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA were selected by DOE to assist local governments throughout the U.S. implement best practices and accelerate the adoption of solar energy. For more information visit  


Milwaukee Shines Podcast (MP3, 29,062 KB)

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