While investor-owned utilities in Wisconsin, along with state regulators, have been slow to jump on the solar energy bandwagon, rural electric cooperatives are proving to be a surprising bright spot for the industry, making major investments in solar power. Wisconsin, which has only around 25 megawatts of solar installed statewide, saw capacity grew 39 percent in 2015, with community solar and other projects built by co-ops comprising a significant share of the growth. Solar capacity is expected to grow another 40 percent this year – the largest influx of solar power ever in the state – due largely to projects commissioned by the Dairyland Power Cooperative. Dairyland has entered agreements with two solar developers to buy 19 megawatts of solar power from a dozen sites being built around the state.
– via Midwest Energy News