Wisconsin K-12 Schools with Renewable Energy Systems

From 2009-2011, with funding from Focus on Energy, KEEP conducted a survey of every school district in Wisconsin to learn which schools have renewable energy systems installed on their buildings, the types of systems (including biomass, geothermal, solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal and wind), and if possible number and size. 

The purpose of the inventory is to increase energy professionals' understanding of the extent to which renewable energy is present in Wisconsin schools and to facilitate decisions about the future of renewable energy in schools. Sharing the results will also promote communication among schools experienced with renewable energy and those interested in pursuing their own project.

Inventory Results & Project Locations

Through this survey, and subsequent submissions, 174 schools scattered across Wisconsin reported renewable energy systems installed on their buildings, with 14 percent reporting more than one type of system.
Most of the schools, 145, reported a solar energy system (whether solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal or both). The majority of PV systems are on schools from two Wisconsin electric providers which offer funding and curricula for K-12 schools in their service territories, Madison Gas and Electric and Wisconsin Public Service.

Summary of Results

Photovoltaic (PV) - 131 schools
Solar Thermal - 24 schools
Geothermal - 31 schools
Biomass - 11 schools
Wind  - 5 schools

Download the list of K-12 schools (PDF) here.


Updated 3/2016
Add Your School Renewable Energy Project

If you know of a Wisconsin K-12 school not included in our inventory, or to add your school’s renewable energy project, please email KEEP. Include the school's name, city and district; system type, number, size and date of installation; and Web address (if available) of your project.

We welcome comments about and updates to our inventory. Please contact KEEP at keep@uwsp.edu or 715.346.4770.

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