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Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change

Initiatives

Dane County continues to work toward its goal to be carbon-free by 2050. By partnering with local businesses, agriculture, and municipalities, Dane County is committed to developing initiatives that reduce our climate impact while providing new employment and revenue opportunities for our rural and urban communities.

Yahara Solar

Dane County announced a partnership to develop about 90 acres of county-owned land in the Town of Cottage Grove into a large-scale solar field.


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PACE Wisconsin

Dane County businesses are eligible for PACE, an innovative program that enables property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements. 


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Electric Vehicles in Dane County

One of the ways we will reduce emissions in Dane County is to transition our vehicles from fossil fuels to clean energy options.  


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Countywide Solar Group Buy

The Group Buy process makes solar easy by helping homeowners through every step of the process and even providing bargain solar rates, negotiated in advance with local solar contractors.


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Green Infrastructure

Our office issued a white paper on green infrastructure, which describes green infrastructure options and highlights innovative projects across the Midwest and around the world. We have also compiled a list of vendors with expertise in green infrastructure. 


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Airport Solar Energy

One of the largest solar projects in Wisconsin is located on 57 acres at the Dane County Regional Airport. More than 20,000 solar panels generate 9 megawatts of renewable electricity— enough to meet 25% of the electricity used by all county-owned facilities.


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Extreme Heat Risks

Extreme heat is the leading weather-related cause of death in the United States. And extreme heat is a bigger risk for people in places like Dane County than people in notoriously hot places like Phoenix, in part because extreme heat happens less frequently. 


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Flood Mitigation & Adaptation

Recent flooding has significantly impacted our communities and caused millions of dollars of damage. Climate change will increase the frequency of severe storms. Find out what steps Dane County is taking to mitigate flood risk. 


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Landfill Renewable Natural Gas

Dane County installed a system at its landfill that converts landfill biogas to renewable natural gas. The first of its kind in the nation, the $28 million facility is estimated to generate enough revenue to pay back the cost of the project in just a few years.


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Other Dane County Solar

Did you know that Dane County is a leader in Wisconsin when it comes to publicly-owned solar installations? These projects provide clean energy jobs while significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions.


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Clean Energy Map

Our interactive map showcases Dane County's clean energy and land conservation projects. Learn about the many ways we're already reducing carbon pollution. 


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Clean Energy Grants

Dane County established the Clean Energy Economic Development Grant Fund in 2018. Funded projects are designed to accelerate progress on key goals 


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