Dale Hopf: Three generations of Wisconsin stewardship

Dale Hopf: Three generations of Wisconsin stewardship

“My grandfather bought our home farm back in the 40s, then my grandfather and father bought more land as it was available over the next 50 years. Now, we’ve had three generations on the same property.”


“Growing up on a farm, being on the stewardship committee with my work at Kohler, and being married to an accountant/gardener, we take care of our property diligently and I like to repurpose things. But I don’t know if I’d consider myself an environmentalist – I did give the dandelions a spray last week.” 


“It would be great to have the option of choosing our energy. You live in a house and you get the utility bill and have no say in it. Why are we doing this the same way we have always done it for years and years and years? There’s got to be a better way. I’m thinking solar is that better way.” 


“I’ve lived in Wisconsin my whole life, and just paid the utility bill. I didn’t even know that there were options in other states. It’s awesome that community solar has finally been proposed – I wish it had happened years ago. If you don’t have competition, it’s never going to push you to be more productive and be more efficient. It drives innovation.”


“I live just outside a little community. I’m not sure exactly how many homes can get powered from my 30 or 35 acres of solar, but there are maybe 1,000 houses in the town. When I think that maybe I could power the whole village from my solar panels, it just makes me smile from ear to ear. I think solar could be a great asset to our community.” 


“The financial benefit to our family is also a definite plus. To supplement your income in farming is tough, but you definitely can make a little bit more renting for solar than on crops. My family and I are thinking about the next generation. I have two children and two little grandchildren, so I’m thinking about their financial stability in the future. This gives me peace of mind.”  


Dale Hopf

Sheboygan, Wisconsin


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