Shared Solar Construction
Shared Solar, MGE's pilot program, is a collaboration with the City of Middleton and MGE residential customers who have subscribed to receive electricity through local solar photovoltaic generation. Under our Energy 2030 framework, MGE has set the goal of supplying 30% of our electric sales with renewable energy by 2030. This partnership is just one of the ways we can work together to reach our shared goal of a cleaner energy future. Interested customers are invited to join the waiting list!
January 11, 2017 – We are LIVE!
Our Shared Solar project has officially begun generating electricity from the sun! While the production will vary during the year depending on cloud cover and hours of daylight, we expect this 500 kW solar array will generate about 650,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. This clean, renewable electricity generated will help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and managing fuel costs that can increase over time. A huge thank you goes out to the City of Middleton and all of the participating customers as this partnership helps advance our long-term framework, Energy 2030, and reach our shared goals of a cleaner energy future.
December 22, 2016 – Shared Solar: One-minute update
The Shared Solar crews are preparing to wire together the new solar array and MGE's distribution grid.
In order to accommodate the 500 kW that the panels might produce, the electrical transformer at the site was upgraded.
December 9, 2016 – Shared Solar Time Lapse
We're one step closer to completion as the team wires together our Shared Solar panels!
Check out our latest time lapse video.
December 1, 2016 – What is an inverter?
Inverters transform the direct current (DC) electricity that is produced by the solar panels into alternating current (AC). AC is the form of electricity that is transported through MGE’s electric grid and powers your home.
November 28, 2016 – Shared Solar: One-minute video update
Hear from Middleton's Director of Community Development about the impressive solar array atop the Middleton Operations Center.
November 22, 2016 – How do solar panels work?
Solar panels, also called photovoltaic panels, are made of semiconducting materials such as silicon. When rays of sunlight (photons) hit the panels, electrons are knocked loose from their atoms and flow freely through the semiconductors producing direct current (DC) electricity.
November 16, 2016 – Here comes the sun
When all is said and done, 1,728 solar panels will be stretched out across the roof of Middleton’s Municipal Operations Center (MOC). Once operating, the panels, distributed by Canadian Solar, Inc out of Ontario, will produce about 500 kilowatts of power and be able to light approximately 100 homes in the Madison-area.
November 14, 2016 – Shared Solar: One-minute update
Learn more about our project from MGE’s Senior Construction Management Engineer, Dan Clausen.
November 11, 2016 – Now that’s progress!
The guys at H&H Solar Energy Services have been busy! Check out our time lapse video to see how installation has progressed over the past few days.
November 8, 2016 – First things, first
The solar racking system that is being installed comes from Ecolibrium Solar, an American company headquartered in Athens, Ohio. The mounting system fixes the solar panels onto the roof at the angle that best maximizes exposure to the sun. It is attached with careful consideration given to proper support and weight loading of the roof itself.
November 4, 2016 – Construction is underway!
Construction of the Shared Solar pilot project, MGE's innovative solar option is now underway. The solar panels have been delivered and installation has begun on the City of Middleton Municipal Operations Center (MOC). Once construction on the 500-kilowatt (kW) solar array is complete, participants will be able to receive up to 50% of their electric needs through local sourced solar generation.
Learn more: Shared Solar: For Any Home