Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC)
Submitted: 10/12/2022 1:13:56 PM
Verified Petition of Vote Solar of Distributed Energy Resource Systems in Wisconsin
Public Comment Open Period:
09/26/2022 - 11/09/2022
Commentor Information:
Name: Carol Johnson
Address: 2261 270th Street
City: Deer Park   State:WI   Zip:54007
NOTE: Public comments are currently being accepted in lieu of testimony at a public hearing pursuant to a Notice of Hearing in this docket. For written comments submitted in lieu of testifying, only one comment may be submitted per person per comment period. Only the first comment a person submits in lieu of testifying at a public hearing may be accepted as part of the official record for this docket.

Comment Detail:

I would like to express my support for the PSC to affirm the legality of a tax-financed solar systems installed on any Wisconsin properties.

I live in rural Wisconsin and am a customer of a Rural Electric Cooperative. When it comes to renewable energy projects, they not only don't incentivize renewable energy installations they discourage it. Even with the new federal incentives it's very difficult for most people to put in a system, especially in the rural area. The up front costs are still out of reach of many people and having to wait for a tax refund to help pay off any bank financing means the cost of a loan is perhaps also out of reach for many people.

Without supporting ALL financing options to make the investment in a renewable energy system, several people - especially lower income - will likely never be able to have the benefits of a renewable energy system.

My husband and I are retired and installed a grid-tied pv solar system in 2010. We could afford to get a loan and for us, it was an investment to help in stabilizing our expenses in our retirement years. It has done that in more ways than we expected. Even though our REC tries very hard to not credit our solar production for what it is worth, our system is still well worth the investment and we'd do it all over again. We also drive a plugin EV (Chevy Volt). The solar system recharges our battery and we avoid the high gasoline prices and maintenance costs. However you can help the most vulnerable people to afford a renewable energy investment will be a great benefit to them, their community, and our state.

Please approve the third party financing for renewable energy systems.

Thank you!
Carol Johnson

I affirm that these comments are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

NOTE: This comment is submitted in lieu of testimony pursuant to a Notice of Hearing issued by the Commission in this docket. I affirm that these comments consist of my personal knowledge or opinion only, and that I have not included information prepared by another person, and that I have not previously submitted written public comments in this docket in response to this Notice of Hearing.

Carol Johnson