The Inflation Reduction Act opens up new opportunities for nonprofits to take advantage of tax credits, but Wisconsin regulators are still vague on what types of projects will be allowed.
A pair of cases before regulators seek to clarify Wisconsin’s position on third-party-owned solar installations, in which the entity that owns the array is different from the property owner that will use the electricity.
Much Midwest land that could be used for solar power is tied up in row crops. Researchers examine how to build solar panels without taking out cropland.
Amendments to the bill would bar governments from accepting payment at charging stations or selling electricity not purchased from the local utility.
Wisconsin is the only state where third-party solar ownership has been blocked, advocates say. Legal uncertainty has prevented property owners from using the financing model.
A solar company is challenging public utilities’ monopoly on providing electricity from solar in Wisconsin; state regulators have declined to intervene in the feud.
Proponents of renewable energy say the project will invigorate their Green County town and help the environment; others fear property values and health will decline.
One of the largest solar projects on cropland in the U.S. is pitting renewable energy boosters against each other — and farmers against farmers.