May 8, 2024

Kaukauna Utilities Awarded $1 Million Grant for Geothermal Solar HVAC Project

Kaukauna Utilities (KU) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to support its Geothermal Solar Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Project. This grant, part of the Energy Innovation Grant Program, represents a significant investment in advancing clean energy solutions and innovative technologies within the community. Guided by the company value of continuous improvement, which emphasizes the courage to be innovative and progressive, KU remains steadfast in its commitment to driving environmental sustainability while aspiring to move the organization, community, and industry forward.

Governor Evers and the PSCW recently announced the allocation of $7.8 million to 28 projects across the state, including KU’s Geothermal Solar HVAC initiative. With 86 applications received totaling over $34 million in funding requests, the selection of KU’s project highlights its importance in expanding access to clean energy and driving sustainable practices.

The Geothermal Solar HVAC Project aims to replace KU’s aging HVAC system with a cleaner and more efficient alternative. By harnessing geothermal technology and incorporating solar panels, the project will significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels for heating and cooling the main office building in downtown Kaukauna. This strategic investment not only decreases energy consumption but also achieves 100% carbon emissions savings, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the PSCW, which will allow us to implement innovative solutions to reduce our environmental footprint while enhancing operational efficiency,” said Michael Avanzi, General Manager at Kaukauna Utilities. ” We prioritize proactive financial management by pursuing grant opportunities. This strategic approach not only supports the transition towards cleaner energy but also helps keep rates competitive with other utilities.”

With its positive return on investment and significant environmental benefits, KU’s project stands as a beacon of progress in the transition towards a cleaner and more sustainable energy landscape.

Governor Evers Press Release – Gov. Evers, PSC Announce $7.8 Million Awarded to Support Clean Energy Innovation in Wisconsin

complete list of grant recipients with brief project descriptions is available here.