What is Clean Energy Choice?

Clean Energy Choice is Wisconsin's branding for educating and passing clarifying legislation to allow third-party owned power purchase agreements for Wisconsin renewable energy installations. View and download the Fact Sheet below, developed by Clean Wisconsin.

Also posted is a booklet prepared by an Interfaith Power & Light chapter titled "Learning From Solar Congregations." This compendium profiles 12 solar installations serving various Washington D.C.-area faith groups. There is a compelling story behind each of these solar projects. The interviews of the project champions document the financing mechanisms that allowed them to go forward.

Solar Energy: The Higher Power looks at emerging markets for bringing climate-friendly energy to communities and congregations. Finally, the report Renewable Energy Credit Service Agreements is a case study of the City of Monona's groundbreaking third-party agreement, which is saving the City a considerable amount of money.

Clean Energy Choice Fact Sheet Report cover
Solar Higher Power

What are the benefits?

Clean Energy Choice would provide a host of benefits to farmers, businesses, local governments, and electricity customers throughout Wisconsin! Some of these include:

  • Enables building owners, farmers, and residents to control (or lock-in) energy expenditures through long-term contracts.
  • Eliminates requirement of up-front capital investment to pay for the entire system.
  • Avoids performance and maintenance risks associated with system ownership.
  • Eliminates the need for customer to become subject matter experts when wanting to invest in renewable energy.
  • Enables government and other non-profits (school districts, churches, etc) to partner w/ for-profit system owners that can take advantage of tax credits, thereby lowering installation costs which can be passed along directly to customers.
  • Strengthens local economies by generating work for area businesses in equipment manufacturing, project construction and post-construction operation and maintenance.
  • Increases sales tax collections through increased spending activity (e.g., purchases of tools and parts, lodging, and meals).

Sign on to Statement of Support for Clean Energy Choice

We, the undersigned businesses, organizations, and individuals, affirm our belief that the road to a sustainable economy in Wisconsin runs through the state’s own clean renewable energy sources. Integrating locally available renewables into our economy engages a vast supply chain of local manufacturers, distributors and installers, farmers, builders, entrepreneurs, and related professional workers. Local renewables secure relatively clean and risk-free energy to a state with no fossil fuel reserves. Renewables also help keep energy dollars circulating within Wisconsin.

We support policies that expand opportunities to access renewable energy where we live or work.  There are more than 20 states (such as Illinois, Michigan, California, Colorado, Missouri and New Jersey) that expressly allow third-party ownership of renewable energy systems on a customer’s premises. In those states, the renewable energy system need not be owned by the host customer. Instead, host customers can sign a contract with a third party who installs, operates, and owns a renewable energy system on the customer’s premises. Those states that allow third-party owned renewable energy systems now have the most active markets in the country for small renewable energy systems.

We believe the Wisconsin renewable energy business community will enjoy substantial and sustained growth if allowed to use the same tools that are available in over 20 states. This is why we strongly endorse the Clean Energy Choice initiative, and look forward to supporting legislation next year that would exempt third party-owned renewable energy systems that sell energy directly to the host customer from the definition of a public utility.

Clean Energy Choice embraces the virtues of customer choice, fiscal responsibility, property rights and resource conservation. It is a policy tool that allows citizens to exercise their preferences for renewable energy at no extra cost to ratepayers and taxpayers.  For those reasons, we the undersigned enthusiastically support Clean Energy Choice and urge Wisconsin policymakers to adopt this initiative.

To add your business or organization's name to the list of signatories above, contact Michael Vickerman at 608-255-4044 (ext. 2) or email.

A list of Clean Energy Choice supporters, as of April 1, 2014, apppears below.

Able Energy (River Falls)
Admin Center, Inc. (Lake Geneva)
Adobe REO (Dodgeville)
ALT Energy (Sussex)
Alternative Utility Services, Inc. (Lake Geneva)
Artha Sustainable Living Center (Amherst)
Carl Siegrist Consulting, LLC (Whitefish Bay)
Carlson Mapping and Analysis LLC (Sun Prairie)
Central Rivers Farmshed (Stevens Point)
Chimney Specialists (Highland)
Citizens for a Clean, Green, and Welcoming Community (Wisconsin Rapids)
Clean Energy North America (Milwaukee)
Clean Wisconsin (Statewide)
Community Green Energy, LLC (Lake Geneva)
Convergence Energy (Lake Geneva)
Couleecap (Westby)
CSI Sun (Highland)
Crawford County
Current Electric Co. (Brookfield)
Dane County
Dominion Properties (Shorewood)
Door County Environmental Council (Sturgeon Bay/FishCreek)
DVO, Inc. (Chilton)
E3 Coalition (Viroqua)
Eau Claire County
Eland Electric (Green Bay)
Energize LLC (Winneconne)
Environmental Law Policy Center (Madison)
Energy Concepts (Hudson)
Energy Consulting Network (Madison)
Full Spectrum Solar (Madison)
Global Infrastructure Asset Management LLC  (Madison)
Grading Spaces (Fort Atkinson)
Green Leaf Inn (Delavan)
Green Neighbor (Wauwatosa)
Green Sky Energetics (Manitowoc)
H&H Solar Group (Madison)
Helios USA (Milwaukee)
Hoffman Planning, Design and Construction, Inc. (Appleton)
Iowa County
Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin (Statewide)
Johnson Controls (Milwaukee)
Kettle View Renewable Energy (Random Lake)
L&S Technical Associates, Inc. (Spring Green)
La Crosse County (La Crosse)
La Pointe, Town of (Ashland County)
Lake Michigan Wind and Sun (Sturgeon Bay)
Legacy Solar, Inc. (Frederic)
Lemberg Electric (Brookfield)
Let It Shine Energy Services (Washburn)
Libertarian Party of Wisconsin (Statewide)
Madison, City of
Madison Solar Consulting (Madison)
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (Custer)
Milwaukee, City of
Milwaukee Solar (Milwaukee)
Miron Construction (Neenah)
NAACP Wisconsin State Conference of Branches (Statewide)
Next Step Energy (Eau Claire)
North American Solar Stores (Madison)
North Wind Renewable Energy (Stevens Point)
Northern Biogas (Fond du lac)
Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin (Oneida)
Organic Valley Cooperative (LaFarge)
Photovoltaic Systems LLC (Amherst)
Planet Bike (Madison)
Polk County
Positive Energy Alternatives (Menonomee)
Prairie Solar Power & Light (Prairie du Chien)
Productive Energy Solutions (Madison)
RENEW Wisconsin (Statewide)
REpowerNow (Viroqua)
Resource Solar (Madison)
Ritger Law Office (Random Lake)
Rock County
Sand Creek Consultants (Amherst)
SC Johnson (Racine)
Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter (Statewide)
Solar Connections (Madison)
Southwest Badger Resource and Development Council (Platteville)
Sun and Daughters Solar LLC  (Rhinelander)
SunPower Corporation (Verona)
SunSpec (Milwaukee)
SunVest  (Pewaukee)
Superior Safety and Environmental Services (Middleton)
Sustainable Atwood (Madison)
Sustainable Engineering Group (Madison)
Symbiont (Milwaukee)
TAPCO – Traffic and Parking Control Inc. (Milwaukee)
Tom Brown, Architect (Stevens Point)
Town and Country Resource & Development Council (Jefferson)
U.S. Biogas (Mequon)
Viebrock Development(Osceola)
Waupaca County
W.E.S. Engineering (Madison)
Werner Electric (Neenah)
Wisconsin Business Alliance (Statewide)
Wisconsin Council of Churches – Stewardship of Public Life Commission (Statewide)
Wisconsin Environment (Statewide)
Wisconsin Farmers Union (Chippewa Falls)
Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light (Statewide)
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (Statewide)
Wisconsin Solar Energy Industries Association (Statewide)
Working Together for Waupaca County