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  • Former Packer, Joins Team Solar

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    Rob Davis

    Since my retirement from playing football, I find myself missing the camaraderie that comes from being a part of a team, the structure that it provided in my life, and the competition of athletics.  Working together for a common goal and having a great opportunity to reach individual potential is what always drew me into athletics and what I seek out in the next stage of my career.

    Competition continues to be a big part of my life — from lettering in high school sports, to playing for the Badgers in two Rose Bowl Championships as a walk on, to my 11 years with the Green Bay Packers culminating in a 2011 Super Bowl victory. These days my focus is a little broader than the next play — my wife, Sarah, and I both have demanding professional lives and we have two small children. Life is busy, but competition is still there — driving professional goals and friendly rivalries.

    Recently, we were invited by the local solar trade association to share our thoughts on rooftop solar and learn more about the billing proposals by three Wisconsin utilities. The more we learned, the more concerned we became.

    We learned people have benefited from solar panel prices falling nearly 70% in 5 years and no-money-down solar leases have driven hundreds of thousands of homeowners (in other states) to choose to generate a portion of their own power. And people want it — a recent bipartisan poll showed 93% of Wisconsinites believe they should have the right to put solar on their homes and pay for it however they choose.

    But rather than embracing solar and letting it compete for consumer choice, our utilities are proposing billing changes that will favor business as usual, sending our dollars ($12 billion annually) out of state to import energy resources.

    Just last month Fox News reported that people that choose solar on their home are seeing “up to an 80 percent reduction in energy costs.” Plus, with solar leasing, you set a fixed 20-year rate. By contrast, Wisconsin’s energy prices keep increasing at more than double the rate of inflation.

    Sarah and I want to look out for our family’s future — having the freedom to choose solar makes sense for us, and we feel it makes sense for Wisconsin. Just think what we could do if next year, only a portion of the $12 billion sent out of state for energy could be kept here in Wisconsin.  Today, just 0.02 percent of Wisconsin’s electricity comes from solar — let’s grow that number to one percent. Amazingly, this simple, fair, and conservative change would create thousands of jobs in Wisconsin’s solar industry.

    Let’s have the discussion—in a way, let’s give solar a shot at being a walk-on to Wisconsin’s energy team.
    We respect competition and the ability to make an informed decision. Our utilities are pushing billing proposals that would restrict our freedom to choose solar and stifle economic growth. Sarah and I have joined more than 1,000 Wisconsinites asking state officials to give Wisconsin solar energy a chance to compete.  Go to

    Mark Tauscher



  • WiSEIA is Proud To Host Green Tea Coalition Founder, Debbie Dooley

    Please join WiSEIA, and guest speaker, Debbie Dooley, next Tuesday in Waukesha at Marshall Auto Body.  Debbie has been in the IT field for 15 years as a Systems Administrator. Debbie has been a grassroots activist since 1976 and has been actively involved in over 40 political campaigns and grassroots initiatives, successfully fighting back many tax increases on both the local and state level. Debbie became a grandmother in December of 2008 and is fighting for the future of her grandson. She is a co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party and serves on the Board of Directors and is national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots. She recently co-founded the Green Tea Coalition which brings together conservatives and progressives to advocate for energy choice and freedom for the consumer.

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  • WiSEIA Board President Brings Conservative Voice to Wisconsin Solar

    The Wisconsin Solar Energy Industries Association (WiSEIA) board President, Matt Neumann, is conservative working in a typically non-conservative environment. But to him, that shouldn’t stop conservatives from joining in.

    In an article released today by Environment and Energy Publishing, Matt discusses a variety of issues facing the solar industry. One excerpt that I found interesting, “Neumann uses conservative touchstones to describe the state of things. For him, it’s a lack of “liberty” that prevents a property owner from choosing how to power his or her home or business. He said this absence of “energy choice” contradicts Republican tenets, which run strong in a state where the governor, Scott Walker, is favored by the tea party.”

    Recently, rate cases were filed by three of the largest utilities in Wisconsin, We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service and Madison Gas & Electric, that will raise the majority of electric bills by implementing higher fixed fees. These proposals will penalize customers for using less energy or using renewable energy. In addition, We Energies is proposing a tax on solar energy and take away the opportunity for its customers to finance a solar system through a third party. This third party model is successful around the country, and one that Neumann’s business, Sunvest, has built it’s company around.  

    Liberty is an acclaimed term in our country, and it really stands for what part of the “American Dream” is, but, liberty is not a party of energy model here in Wisconsin. Consider joining WiSEIA in our cause to help create quality jobs here in our state, and bring back liberty to our energy policies. Read the full story from Environment and Energy Publishing, here.

    Nick Korth – Executive Director, WiSEIA

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    Milwaukee shines: Solar industry heats up as returns on investments climb

    Monday, March 4, 2013

    By Molly Newman

    At first glance, it would seem counterintuitive to think that Milwaukee, in the midst of a cold Wisconsin winter, would be a national hotspot for solar energy. Yet, that is precisely what is happening.  The costs of “going solar” are relatively lower in Milwaukee, which has a cluster of local solar panel manufacturers, a cohesive network of installers and a cadre of financial incentives.

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