U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin was in Racine on Friday to highlight the solar project for RYDE Racine’s electric buses and the Racine Community Health Care Center.
During her visit, Baldwin rode one of the city’s electric buses from the Corinne Reid Owens Transit Center to the temporary location of the clinic.
Baldwin helped secure $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for the city to build a solar array at the transit garage, which will power the existing electric bus fleet and reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
Baldwin also helped secure $2 million for Racine to construct a community health center that will be a federally qualified health clinic.
“This is an investment in the people of Racine, creating clean, renewable energy that cuts costs for our residents and keeps our air and environment cleaner,” she said.
Racine has nine electric buses, and four more that will be charged by solar power are on the way. By percentage, the city has the most electrified bus fleet in the state, Mayor Cory Mason said.
“Making sure the next generation will inherit a planet that they can inhabit safely is as important as any issue that we deal with,” he said.
Credit: Hanna Van Den Einde | Baldwin touts transit & clinic. Highlights health care and solar project during a visit to Racine. The Journal Times | Sep 2, 2023