Solar group buys increase in northern Wisconsin

SHELL LAKE, Wis. (AP) — A nonprofit organization in northern Wisconsin is making progress in its plans to expand renewable energy in the region.

At least 75 people have signed contracts with Cheq Bay Renewables to install solar panels on homes and businesses, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The nonprofit’s group buy program allows for the simultaneous installation of solar panels, which saves money.

Cheq Bay Renewables estimates an average Wisconsin home needs 6 kilowatts of solar power annually.

The organization has partnered with solar equipment installer Next Energy Solution Inc., program manager Amber Vadnais said. The installations will be done within a 60-mile radius of the Chequamegon Bay area, including Ashland, Washburn and Bayfield.