Three Efforts That Showcase Wisconsin's Solar Energy Expansion

Bringing Solar to Places of Worship On a Sunday in August Huda Alkaff spread her Faith & Solar message at an Ozaukee County church and later, here, at Alice's Garden Urban Farm in Milwaukee.
Susan Bence and Michelle Maternowski

Bringing Solar to Places of Worship

Huda Alkaff is using the "group buy" model to inspire congregations to install panels through a program she's dubbed Faith & Solar.

Alkaff is founder of Wisconsin Green Muslims, and says advocating for renewable energy is a natural extension of her faith. She is a tireless ambassador. Over the last year, she has addressed more than 40 groups representing a rainbow of faiths, focusing first on southeastern Wisconsin.

“Actually, today I was giving a presentation in Ozaukee County at a church there and they’re very interested," she explains.

Alkaff sets up free assessments to figure out if sites are suitable for solar, and structural assessments to make sure rooftops can carry the load. She then helps places of worship connect with the grants and rebates to help finance the projects.

“We are tapping into the unifying power of solar energy," Alkaff beams. "It brings people together from all different backgrounds, whether it’s social or political or faith."

Her diligence is paying off: she just learned a Unitarian congregation in Waukesha voted to move forward with a solar project.

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