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Report: Power generated by solar panels in Wisconsin behind other states

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The amount of electricity generated by solar panels is not growing nearly as much in Wisconsin as it is elsewhere.  

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said solar generation was expected to rise nationally by 27 percent in 2013, to about 4,300 megawatts.  

In Wisconsin, only two megawatts of solar power are being built -- and half that comes from the Jefferson Solar project in Jefferson County.  

The group Renew Wisconsin will hold a conference on the subject Friday in Madison. Those in attendance plan to discuss new policy ideas that could restore the state's renewable energy efforts.

The group plans to use the language of the Walker administration -- creating jobs.  

Carl Siegrist, a former head of renewable energy projects at We Energies, says Wisconsin could have a lot of nice jobs in the field, but it doesn't. Utilities have developed fewer solar projects in the wake of government funding and incentive cuts.  

State officials and utility leaders have said they want to make sure solar energy does not add to the electric bills of those without panels. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)