Report highlights impact of hiring Wisconsin workers for solar projects

Green Valley Dairy's solar field in Krakow, Wis. installed by Arch Electric/Arch Electric
Green Valley Dairy's solar field in Krakow, Wis. installed by Arch Electric/Arch Electric

A report from Forward Analytics finds that hiring local workers to construct new solar energy projects could generate twice as much economic activity in the state as relying on out-of-state labor. 

Using the example of a 150 megawatt solar farm being built in rural Wisconsin, the report estimates that hiring local workers would generate about $11.8 million in economic activity in the region. If that same project were constructed by workers from out of state, the total economic activity would be between $4.6 million and $6.8 million, according to the report. 

The report was commi...

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