Donate today and have your gift matched by a grant awarded to CAP by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) with financial support from the Sally Mead Hands Foundation!


CAP Services is excited to offer you an opportunity to support our Photovoltaics for Domestic Violence (PV/DV) Project. This Project will reduce electricity costs at our Family Crisis Center (FCC), a 24-hour domestic violence and runaway youth shelter in Stevens Point, WI. This will increase our financial stability and enable us to direct as many resources as possible to client services.

Overview of PV/DV Project

CAP Services works to create communities that are free from violence and injustice. CAP’s Family Crisis Center serves over 1,400 victims of violence each year. FCC welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and identities. Confidential services are provided 24 hours a day by a team of professional staff. Individuals have access to emergency shelter, crisis telephone and walk-in services, weekly support groups for children, teens and adults, legal and advocacy services, transitional housing for victims, and more.

The FCC spends almost $4,500/year on electricity. Through PV/DV, CAP Services will install a 13.3kW solar array, which is projected to provide 44% of the FCC’s annual electrical usage. The system will be paid back by year 12 and save over $84,000 in electricity costs over the 30-year warrantied life of the system. The value of the savings yields the equivalent of a 10.52% rate of return.

Our installation partner currently plans to complete the installation by the end of May 2020. We will announce a date for a public ribbon cutting as the installation timeline progresses.

Amount of electricity offset

44%

Making An Impact

Your support will help achieve cost savings and focus resources on services for victims of domestic abuse and runaway youth.

Project Partners

  • Northwind Solar is our system installer. Northwind is a cooperative that installs solar electric systems for residential, commercial, agricultural, and nonprofit/governmental customers. Their mission is to encourage the adoption of renewable energy as an integral part of any long-term solution to the global energy crisis.
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s (MREA) has provided logistical and financial support through its Solar Group Buy program and Wisconsin Solar Corps initiative. MREA’s mission is to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.
  • RENEW Wisconsin’s Solar for Good initiative provided essential material support for the project. Solar for Good fosters the expansion of solar power among mission-based nonprofits and houses of worship in Wisconsin. Solar for Good grants nonprofits up to 75 solar panels for solar arrays 75 kW and smaller, and up to 150 solar panels for solar arrays larger than 75 kW.

Project Financing

After grants, rebates and incentives, CAP has $20,909 to raise for this project. CAP has raised $12,300 during a quiet fundraising phase and plans to raise the rest through a capital campaign.

Funds raised so far

$15,500

 

Key Funders

Array sponsor ($5,000+)

Inverter sponsors ($2,500+)
Cathy Eckberg & Jim Butler
Sonnentag Foundation

Kilowatt sponsors ($1,000+)
Delta Dental of Wisconsin
Dr. Marcus & Amy Haemmerle
Mike Olson
The SeBrowns
Stevens Point Orthopedics
Wisconsin Public Service Foundation

Panel sponsors ($500+)
Mary Patoka & David Onan
Superior Roofing & Remodeling
Sally Topinka