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Renewable electricity has a long history, and for many years the technology was out of reach to most of us.
Back in 2002 when we started the non-profit Seventh Generation Energy Systems, renewable energy was still very new and unknown to most. We focused on building small systems to demonstrate electricity generation at homes and businesses. We were growing with Wisconsin's nationally recognized energy efficiency and renewable initiatives.
By the time Ethos Green Power began in 2013, the landscape had changed dramatically. Wisconsin had lost its place as a leader in renewable energy, surpassed by Minnesota and Illinois, while Iowa had become one of the leading wind generators in the country. It's high time Wisconsin joins our neighbors to reaffirm our commitment to common sense energy policy that encourages a shift to a cleaner more cost effective system.
Our mission today is to provide quality renewable energy services to the rural areas surrounding Viroqua, WI. Ethos demonstrates how we will create new jobs for our young people, stabilize the cost of electricity, and move away from our dependence on costly fossil fuels.
As of 2019 we have more than 800 kW (2400 solar panels) operating in our network of customers. That's 948 MWh of power, enough to power 120 houses for a year. That's really something, and just a taste of what we're capable of.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
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Everything has always appeared as connected to me. And so much of what we do today takes energy. So of course, how we get our power makes a huge difference.
I stumbled on renewable energy when I was about 30, after graduating from the UW Madison with a degree in Conservation Ecology and serving three years in Central America Peace Corps. My first real "job" was teaching about fair trade coffee, and how what you buy has a big impact on the farmers on the other end. I worked with Equal Exchange Cooperative for seven years connecting farmers with consumers.
In 2002, a group of us founded Seventh Generation Energy Systems, a non-profit dedicated to implementation through education. After a decade in Madison, I founded Ethos Green Power in Viroqua to bring renewables to southwest Wisconsin.
THE ETHOS TEAM
Getting it done before you knew you needed it
Can't be found without his tape measure and sharpie
Helping photons learn how to dance for two years and counting
Calculating numbers and making dreams come true
Motto: "Alternate between one week of work and one week of vacation."
Expert operator and grade A jokester