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Wisconsin Solar

Wisconsin is home to 150 solar companies that make up the entire supply chain needed to steer solar towards the top.

Facts on the Wisconsin Solar Industry

  • There are currently more than 150 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Wisconsin, employing 1,800.
  • In 2013, Wisconsin installed 3 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 28th nationally.
  • The 17 MW of solar energy currently installed in Wisconsin ranks the state 27th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 2,600 homes.
  • In 2013, $10 million was invested in Wisconsin to install solar for home, business and utility use.  This represents a 25% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
  • Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Wisconsin have fallen by 17% in the last year. The price to install solar on homes and business has dropped steadily across the country — by 4% from last year and 37% from 2010.

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Notable Installations in Wisconsin.

  • Jefferson Solar Project was completed in 2013 by developer Half Moon.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 1.1 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 200 Wisconsin homes.
  • Department store retailer Kohl’s has installed solar photovoltaic systems on its stores in Milwaukee, Sussex, and Waukesha.  The three systems combine to generate nearly 500 kW of clean solar energy.

Solar Companies in Wisconsin

  • There are currently more than 150 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Wisconsin.  These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels.  These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 31 manufacturers, 20 manufacturing facilities, 88 contractor/installers, 3 project developers, 8 distributors and 20 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.

Wisconsin State Solar Policy Resources

Wisconsin Public Service Commission – Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Wisconsin public utilities

Wisconsin State Legislature – Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Wisconsin

DSIRE Incentives Database - Wisconsin – Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Wisconsin and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration - Wisconsin State Profile – Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government


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