In Wisconsin, rural co-ops powering state’s solar growth

By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

Sheep graze at the site of one of Wisconsin-based Vernon Electric Cooperative's solar arrays. Photo by Vernon Electric Cooperative

Sheep graze at the site of one of Wisconsin-based Vernon Electric Cooperative’s solar arrays. Photo by Vernon Electric Cooperative

In Wisconsin, where state regulators and utilities have been perceived as cool to renewable energy, rural cooperatives are making major investments in solar power. According to solar installers and experts, co-ops, which aren’t subject to regulation by the state’s Public Service Commission, are being more responsive to their customers’ interest in solar . . . “It’s really impressive to see all over the country how cooperatives are embracing solar and finding new ways to implement it,” added Andy Olsen, with the Environmental Law & Policy Center.

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