Wisconsin is home to 130 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 154 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Wisconsin, employing 1,000.
- In 2012, Wisconsin installed 1.4 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 28th nationally.
- Wisconsin ranks 26th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 2,200 homes.
- In 2012, $8 million was invested in Wisconsin to install solar on homes and businesses.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Wisconsin have fallen by 16% in the last year. National prices have also dropped steadily— by 11% from last year and 34% from 2010.
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Notable Installations in Wisconsin
Department store retailer Kohl’s has installed three solar photovoltaic systems on its stores in Milwaukee, Sussex, and Waukesha. The three systems combine to generate nearly 500 kW of clean solar energy.
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Solar Companies in Wisconsin
There are currently more than 137 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: 28 manufacturers, 23 manufacturing facilities, 72 contractor/installers, 2 project developers, 9 distributors and 26 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