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In a victory for solar advocates in Wisconsin, today a Dane County Circuit Court judge overturned fees on customers with solar installations in We Energies’ service territory.

The ruling was the result of an appeal filed by The Alliance for Solar Choice and Renew Wisconsin.

It invalidated part of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission’s December 2014 approval of We Energies’ rate case, which also included increased fixed charges and other provisions that advocates say have undermined the development of distributed solar in the state.

The groups argued that the new fee specifically on people with solar installations was “discriminatory,” and that We Energies had not provided proof that such fees were necessary to make sure those customers paid their “fair share” for upkeep of the grid.

“This is a critical victory for Wisconsin electricity customers that sends a signal to utilities everywhere trying to stop solar competition,” said TASC spokesperson Amy Heart in a statement

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Read the rest of the story at Midwest Energy News

By John Fitzgerald Weaver

John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.

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