Solar Power Has Electrified Wisconsin
by Sylvan Bachhuber, age 17
Solar power has taken Wisconsin by storm. In 2015, the state’s installed solar capacity grew by 94 percent and powered more than 3,800 homes. As demand for solar panels has risen, so have associated costs. Recent changes to large-scale energy company’s billing provisions, like We Energies, have made solar power much more expensive.
Among the most notable of these provisions was a change to the timing of utility compensations so energy use would be tallied monthly instead of annually. This has a notable impact on solar panel cost. When panel owners send unused energy back to the power grid, electrical companies reimburse them for them for their contribution. [Read More]