Stanford Taylor’s Statement on Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision
MADISON — State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor released a statement today on the Wisconsin Supreme
Court decision in Kristi Koschkee v. Carolyn Stanford Taylor.
“The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision does not affect the constitutional independence of the Office of the State
Superintendent. It is limited to rulemaking. While I am disappointed, we remain committed to Wisconsin schools and
students and will continue our work to ensure each student is college and career ready.”
Backyard Solar Grant for Nonprofits
The MadiSUN Backyard Solar Grant fosters access to solar power for nonprofit community organizations and
affordable housing developments that serve City of Madison residents. The MadiSUN Backyard Solar Grant initiative
seeks to provide economic and environmental benefits of clean energy to local residents and neighborhood
The application period opened June 24, 2019. Completed applications are due by 5:00 PM August 19, 2019.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Winning grantees will be announced on or before September 16,
INSTRUCTIONS: Applicants must have a solar array proposal from a solar installer before completing this
application. In order to find a solar installer visit our map of installers at https://www.renewwisconsin.org/solar-
Please work on this application together with your solar installer. Some questions on this application require
information from the solar installer and other questions can be addressed by the applicant.
This application is for nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations located within the City of Madison only. Applicants should
plan to include provide proof of 501(c)(3) status with this application.
If you are an affordable housing developer you should utilize the other form:
Please contact Heather@renewwisconsin.org with any questions regarding the application process.
Dreaming Up for Dane County Families
From DreamUp Wisconsin
For the last year, the DreamUp Wisconsin team at UW–Madison has worked with groups across Dane County to “dream up” ideas to put
more money in families’ pockets. The people we heard from and their innovative ideas are nothing short of inspiring, offering key insights
into the struggles Dane County families face and creative ways to address them.
What is DreamUp Wisconsin? It is the local incarnation of the Alliance for the American Dream, funded by Schmidt Futures, a
philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt. DreamUp tasked our community with developing innovative proposals —
through University community partnerships — to expand and strengthen the middle class by increasing the net income of 10,000
households in Dane County by 10 percent by 2020, while also focusing on reducing local economic disparities by race, ethnicity, and
Since May 2018, the DreamUp team has talked with nearly 1,000 people and hosted dozens of events across the county. We listened to
community members describe the challenges of living in Dane County, such as difficulty affording high quality childcare and housing,
utilities, food, health care, and efficient transportation for traveling from lower-cost neighborhoods to good paying jobs. Community
members also talked of struggling with legal issues, from driver’s license suspensions to wage garnishment, as well as accessing and
managing debt. And the team heard about struggles community members face in growing their incomes, including limited skills and
training (and too few opportunities to acquire them), low wages and too few opportunities for job advancement, difficulty navigating the
path from school to work, and racial discrimination.
While these challenges are daunting, the innovative ideas generated offer great promise. DreamUp attracted 46 proposals to combat
these barriers and improve the standard of living for Dane County families. Eleven teams earned a $10,000 prize to further develop their
idea. These proposals were chosen for their interdisciplinary, data-driven, and technological approaches, and their focus on equity and
inclusion of diverse communities. They spanned improving workforce development opportunities, reducing debt, increasing financial
literacy, expanding affordable housing, providing off-hours transportation to employers outside of Madison, strengthening the food
ecosystem, and reducing energy costs and creating clean-energy jobs. Three teams had the opportunity to pitch their idea to a national
review committee assembled by Schmidt Futures; two have advanced to a final round in which they will compete for up to $1 million of
initial capital investment to begin implementing their proposal. All have the opportunity to access potential matching funding from Schmidt
Futures to reward local fundraising efforts.
We are thrilled for the advancing teams, who will present their ideas to Schmidt Futures next week in New York City. Legal Interventions
for Transforming (LIFT) Dane will create a game-changing online platform that provides workers with easy access to public data and
services to reduce debt and eliminate legal barriers to employment, housing, and economic stability. We Care for Dane Kids offers an
innovative, multi-pronged approach to transforming the early child and after school care sectors by increasing employee use of and
employer contributions to dependent care tax benefits, expanding access to child care subsidies, supplementing child care workers’
wages, and using shared services networks to reduce operating expenses.
At the same time, DreamUp is not just about the finalists. It is about our community. We are simply awed by the enthusiasm we have
encountered and by the portfolio of proposals created to solve real-word problems that impact the lives of Dane County residents. The
process prompted new partnerships that broke down traditional silos. It brought nonprofits, service providers, technology firms,
government agencies, venture philanthropy, and UW faculty and staff together to work toward common goals. This is the Wisconsin Idea
in action. Indeed, no matter the outcome next week, our community has already won.
As we enter a second round of the DreamUp WI challenge, we remain inspired and eager to further harness the great power of
partnerships between the university and community to increase shared prosperity—and, we invite even wider participation
(see https://www.irp.wisc.edu/dreamup/ for details).
Shared Solar for Your Home or Business
From: Madison Gas and Electric
Nearly 300 local households are part of MGE's Shared Solar community. Now, the program's prepared to welcome small- and
MGE is seeking to expand our community solar program, Shared Solar, with a second solar installation. Customers who subscribe to
Shared Solar receive up to half of their annual electric use through the program, which offers customers locally-generated solar energy.
Previously, the program was open only to residential customers.
"Shared Solar is a great option for business owners who want to fuel their business with clean energy, but cannot or choose not to install
solar themselves," said Cheri Salmon, MGE market development manager.
MGE's Shared Solar program launched in early 2017. The city of Middleton and MGE partnered to place a 500-kilowatt array on the roof of
the city's Municipal Operations Center, or MOC. The program sold out quickly. An expansion of the program with a second, large-scale
solar installation will allow more customers to participate and advance shared energy goals for our community.
"Shared Solar offers customers solar energy at minimal upfront cost and it is clean energy generated right here in the communities we
serve," said Salmon.
The solar project will be built in partnership with the city of Middleton at the Middleton Municipal Airport, also known as Morey Field.
Construction is expected this summer with the array expected to be operational in fall.
Join our "Worth Waiting For" List
MGE is building a waiting list of interested customers, both residential and business customers. Those on the waiting list will be among
the first to learn details about the program's expansion. If you would like to join our "Worth Waiting For" list, visit mge.com/sharedsolar.
Shared Solar makes it easy to power your home or business with renewable energy. Subscribers pay a one-time upfront fee to
participate and a fixed rate per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for up to half of their annual electricity use.
For customers who sign up for Shared Solar for up to half of their annual electric use but would like to power their home or business with
100 percent renewable energy, MGE also offers our Green Power Tomorrow program (GPT). Subscribers to GPT pay one cent more per
kWh to receive a percentage or specific dollar amount of their electricity from wind and solar resources in our region. MGE residential and
business customers can sign up to purchase a percentage (1 percent to 100 percent) of their monthly electricity use through GPT or,
since electricity use can vary, customers can choose instead to purchase a specific dollar amount of GPT electricity each month. To sign
up, or to get more information, visit mge.com/GPT.