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John Collins’ system involves two heavy poles in the ground, each supporting a panel about 15 ft. by 17 ft. The cells are high-efficiency, converting about 20 percent of solar energy to electricity. (Submitted photo)

Homeowners say co-op hostile to renewable energy

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St. Croix Electric Cooperative staff and directors claim the co-op’s new policy for compensating members who generate electricity is fairer to most consumers than the old policy was and is sustainable.


But members, who’ve built solar-produced energy systems at costs of roughly $70,000 apiece, argue the policy revision broke implied agreements, shows a hostility to renewable energy, is regressive and may prevent them from ever recouping their expense.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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