In the west side of Madison dwells “The Good Neighbor City” of Middleton offering great attractions and one of the best Mexican restaurants in town, Compadres Mexican Restaurant. Compadres opened its doors in 2017 and is named after the four siblings of the family. In honor of their family values, Compadres is dedicated to providing its customers with authentic Mexican food from their home state of Querétaro.
In Mexico and other Latin American countries, families pick two people to be God-Parents for their child, the parents and the God-Parents are called, compadres. But the term can also be used to describe a close friend so for the González family it was the perfect word to describe their restaurant where guests can enjoy great food as friends and family. For Co-Owner, Araceli González, Compadres means strength, love, unity, and above all else the bond of family. Her wish is that everyone who experiences Compadres will have a taste of what it's like to be part of their family.
Compadres Co-Owner, Araceli González grew up in a large family in Mexico. Living sustainably wasn't merely a luxury but a way of life. One of the most common ways the González family learned to live sustainably was to maximize their existing resources and limiting their waste as much as possible. Araceli still practices what she learned as a child; for her business it was ensuring all of their lights were LED with energy efficient appliances in the kitchen. By implementing energy efficient lights and appliances, Araceli can have significant savings a year which she can use to reinvest in her business and her community.
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In addition to LED lighting and energy efficient appliances, Araceli wanted a building that would allow as much natural light as possible to reduce the use of electric lighting in the day. A supporter of clean energy, Araceli knew she faced several challenges if she was to install solar panels on the roof of her restaurant. The cost of installing solar panels would be high and Araceli does not own the building where her restaurant operates. These factors nearly made it impossible for Araceli to use solar power energy in her business until she learned about MGE's, Shared Solar Program.
"When we heard about MGE's Shared Solar Program, it wasn't a difficult decision for us to join."
The Shared Solar Program provided a new opportunity for Araceli's business to operate sustainably by using clean energy to power her business without having to install solar panels. MGE's Shared Solar program gives customers like Araceli, the option to add solar to their energy mix. Participants pay a one-time fee to reserve a portion of the electricity produced and, under the program expansion, will pay a fixed price of $.109 per kilowatt-hour for up to 50% of their annual electric usage. This price will stay with Araceli for 25 years even if she decides to move her business within the MGE electric service territory.
The González family believe that the key to unlocking a better future for their children is to live in a community where everyone does their part to live sustainably.
The Shared Solar Program provides affordable and flexible solar power energy to your home or business. If you would like to learn more about Shared Solar, you can visit www.mge.com/sharedsolar. If you are ready to take the next step in clean energy, you can join the waiting list on the Shared Solar website as a residential or business establishment. Joining the waiting list does not commit you to pay right away but ensures that your shares are reserved, an MGE energy expert will contact you to share more details about the program once the program is approved.
The Shared Solar Waiting list allows you to subscribe to the number of desired shares, once the program is approved you will be contacted to complete the sign-up process.
The clean, renewable energy generated through Shared Solar helps the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and by helping to manage fuel costs that can increase over time. This partnership with customers also advances MGE's long-term framework, Energy 2030. MGE has set the goal of targeting net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. Working together, we can reach our shared goal of a cleaner energy future.
Clean electricity is available right now for homes and businesses through MGE's Green Power Tomorrow program, wind and solar power can be purchased. For every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of green power purchased by customers, there's a kWh of electricity that won't be generated with non-renewable fuels. Green Power Tomorrow is probably the easiest and most effective step you can take to advance renewable energy and protect the environment. You can choose a monthly cost that's comfortable for you. With Green Power Tomorrow, you can purchase a percent (1% to 100%) of your household’s electricity use.
"As Mother of my children I want them to have a sustainable and clean future."
You just stepped into the shoes of the González Family and learned a few tips along the way to help you reinvest your energy and resources into the things you really care about. We just scratched the surface and there are many more ways you can begin saving. To learn more about renewable energy you can contact MGE’s Energy Experts by sending an email to Ask The Expert at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Home Energy Line at 608-252-7117 or 1-800-245-1125. Drop us a line and learn more ways you can start to free yourself up to do what you love!