what is community solar?

Community solar refers to a solar array located within a community where multiple customers can subscribe and receive a credit on their utility bill for their share of the power that’s produced, just as if the panels were on their roof. Residents and small businesses sign up to receive energy from a certain number of panels, which can be purchased up front or as a “pay-as-you-go” subscription.

The Problem?  Under current law, the private community solar market is held back from development, and Wisconsin is falling behind other states.

Community solar provides homeowners, renters, and businesses equal access to the economic and environmental benefits of solar generation regardless of the physical attributes or ownership of their home or business.

Introducing local solar installations will make the electric grid stronger and more resilient. A distributed grid of local solar facilities can help even out the electrical load, reducing outages and creating more energy stability for everyone.

Expanding the market for renewable energy to include private development of community solar will spur continued competition and innovation in the renewable energy market, reduce how much ratepayers need to invest in the grid, and ultimately, save Wisconsin —including low-to-moderate income customers—money.

Bringing Community Solar to Wisconsin means supporting policy change. 

Community solar…

  • Saves individuals and businesses money.

  • Expands customer choice.

  • Generates income and security for farmers.

  • Creates jobs.

  • Boosts economy without raising taxes.

  • Strengthens Wisconsin’s energy grid.

Let’s bring Community solar to wisconsin