The weekend forecast may be calling for thunderstorms to roll into the area, but that's not stopping the Midwest Renewable Energy Association from hosting its Wisconsin Solar Tour. Part of a grassroots, nationwide effort, which last year saw more than 150,000 people take part in 49 states, MREA's tour takes place throughout Wisconsin on Saturday (10/5), 10am-4pm. And it is happening in the same week that the state's Focus on Energy program has elected to keep in place a temporary suspension of solar electric and solar hot water incentives for Wisconsin residents. Matt Hrodey detailed how the Grand Old Party's efforts have led to Wisconsin slipping in nationwide rankings for state energy efficiency back in February 2012, but it's homeowners are still finding inventive ways to take advantage of renewable energy sources in the Badger State. Their are more than 50 spots to hit up throughout the state, with a handful taking place in Milwaukee. The Silver City Urban Ecology Center is opening up its doors and will be highlighting the conversion from a neighborhood pub to a sustainably designed community center. If you haven't already visited the newest UEC, this is also your chance to see the city's best bathroom (according to us).
Underhill residence in Ridgeway (photo courtesy of Underhill)