Manitowoc Public Utilities (MPU), in conjunction with GRNE Solar, is building a community solar generation facility on Hecker Road just south of Viebahn Street. MPU signed a lease with the City of Manitowoc to lease the space for solar panels as part of a new community solar program. This program is intended to give customers the opportunity to participate in solar without the upfront cost that rooftop solar panels require. Additionally, this site will offer optimal panel placement, which is hard to accomplish on residential homes. This 20-year project is offered to current MPU electric customers. Blocks of solar are available for subscription on a first-come, first-serve basis, in 1KW increments up to 20KW.