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Before (left) and after photo of historic Wunder Hall, where Milwaukee's Forest County Potawatomi Community completed a major energy upgrade project. The building now serves as the tribe's economic development center. | Courtesy of Forest County Potawatomi Community
Several clean energy projects are helping the Forest County Potawatomi Community in Milwaukee achieve its mission of preserving the environment for future generations.
The projects feature multiple energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and are part of the Forest County Potawatomi Community’s project Greenfire, which ultimately aims to eliminate the tribe’s carbon footprint and provide carbon-free energy to others in the region.
With Energy Department funds, the tribe recently completed an energy upgrade to Wunder Hall, a 34,000 square-foot historic building now being used as the tribe’s economic development center. This building has helped revitalize the former Concordia College campus area, which has been closed since the 1980s. The building’s new energy upgrades included energy-efficient windows and doors, LED lighting inside and outside of the building, a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, and water-saving fixtures. The project is expected to save the tribe more than 50% on energy costs.
Additionally, Forest County Potawatomi Community is completing a series of other high-impact Energy Department-supported projects:
- A photovoltaic array on the roof of its Milwaukee administration building that generates up to 35,000 kilowatt hours of clean electricity;
- A 2.0 megawatt anaerobic digester to convert food waste into biogas;
- An LED lighting project at the tribe’s parking facilities that reduced electricity use by more than 47% and energy audits of the tribe’s Carter Hotel and Casino to identify potential energy and money-saving upgrades.
In November, the tribe was selected for cost-shared funding to install solar panels on eight additional tribal facilities in Milwaukee and Forest counties. All of these projects highlight Forest County Potawatomi Community’s commitment to preserving natural resources and embracing cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy. Learn more about what the Energy Department is doing to help tribes throughout America develop renewable energy resources and reduce energy consumption.