Solar opponents say Wisconsin Constitution bars leases, asks regulator to toss permit application

Just filed – Notice of Motion and Motion to Rescind the Badger Hollow Solar Certificate of Convenience and Necessity and the acquisition docket transferring the project from Invenergy to Madison Gas and Electric and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation.


Well… This is rather amusing… it all started when Frank Jablonski, the Wisconsin attorney who is always on the cutting edge on energy projects (but let’s be frank, we won’t get into your love of nuclear, shall we?!?). Here’s the Motion filed yesterday in the Koshkonong solar project acquisition docket:

The point is that the Wisconsin Constitution prohibits leases on farm land with a term greater than 15 years!

All of these leases for solar and wind are a lot more than that. In the case of Badger Hollow, 25 years, with option for another 25!

And, well, DOH, this provision of the Wisconsin Constitution applies to all these solar and wind dockets.

Are we having fun yet?

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