Government Affairs and Advocacy

The Wisconsin Legislature, state agencies, and governor all make decisions that affect the future of the solar energy industry in Wisconsin. Educating officials and the public about the benefits of solar is essential to continue that growth. For example:

  • Wisconsin actually has more sunlight than Germany, the world’s leader in solar energy.
  • From 2015-2016 the solar industry in Wisconsin saw phenomenal growth, adding jobs 13.9% faster than the overall economy in the state and putting over 4,200 Wisconsinites to work.

The issues for lawmakers and state agencies include both renewable requirements and renewable incentives.

  • Preserving the state’s existing Renewable Portfolio Standard would maintain Wisconsin’s stable business climate.
  • Allowing third-party financing of solar electric facilities would greatly improve the ability for residents, businesses, public facilities, and churches and schools to be more self-reliant and sustainable.
  • The state’s Focus on Energy program is an essential program that affects the success of Wisconsin’s solar industry.

WiSEIA will help ensure that solar has a seat at the table. The association will help policymakers and the public understand the benefits that solar provides for job creation, energy independence and the environment. WiSEIA will advocate for policies that promote solar energy, expand markets, strengthen research and development, and provide solar incentives.

Making sure the interests of Wisconsin solar businesses and energy consumers are represented in Congress is one of WiSEA’s primary initiatives. WiSEA members contribute to the legislative agenda for the Solar Energy Industry Association.