Wisconsin homeowners and small businesses interested in installing solar panels on their property face more hurdles than their counterparts in some other states, clean energy advocates say.

That’s because state regulation makes it tough to lease solar panels, though leasing agreements are widely available in other places. In Wisconsin, the primary mechanism for installing solar panels on a property is contracting through a private company to buy and install the panels, which often has an upfront cost of tens of thousands of dollars.

The federal Inflation Reduction Act offers a variety of tax credits for homeowners and small businesses — as well as other programs for nonprofits and local governments. But many of those incentives come on the back end of a solar project.

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