For the second time in as many years, a group of Republican state lawmakers will seek to reset the rules on how solar energy can be owned and distributed in Wisconsin.

State Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, on Tuesday announced plans to introduce a bill that would make Wisconsin one of about 20 states that allow community ownership of solar power arrays. He was joined by solar companies, clean-energy advocates, landowners, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau and other lawmakers.

Community solar, in the states where it is allowed, is a fast-growing area of solar power in which developers sell subscriptions for the power that would be generated by a solar array to nearby businesses, homeowners, local government, churches and other organizations. It allows those subscribers to pool resources to get the benefits of solar power — lower costs and ownership of power generation — without the large upfront costs of self-financed solar arrays.

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