MGE Solar Projects

MGE owns and operates several solar arrays. We're also seeking to grow our use of solar energy to advance our renewable energy and carbon reduction goals.

Proposed Projects

In May 2018, MGE announced plans to build two large solar farms in partnership with WEC Energy Group (WEC).If the projects are approved, construction is expected to begin in Spring of 2019. The solar farms would begin generating energy by the end of 2020.

  • Badger Hollow Solar Farm will be located in southwestern Wisconsin in Iowa County, about 12 miles west of Dodgeville. This project, if approved, will be developed by Invenergy. MGE would own 50 megawatts (MW) of its 150 MW output.
  • Two Creeks Solar Farm will be located in the Town of Two Creeks and the City of Two Rivers in northeastern Wisconsin. If approved, MGE's ownership share will be 50 MW, of its 150 MW output. The project is being developed by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.

MGE also is partnering with Dane County to construct 8 MW of solar on County-owned land adjacent to Dane County Regional Airport. This is the first project announced under MGE's new Renewable Energy Rider, an innovative model that gives large energy users the opportunity to partner with MGE to tailor a renewable energy solution to meet their needs. Energy from the solar project would serve the County. The proposal requires approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Public Service of Wisconsin.

Shared Solar

Shared Solar Program

MGE's Shared Solar program offers customers the benefits of locally generated solar power without having to install solar panels on your home – ideal for renters or customers who may not have a roof with adequate sunlight.

Our current project is a 500 kilowatt (kW) solar array on the roof of the City of Middleton Municipal Operations Center. MGE is pursuing an additional Shared Solar project. To join our waiting list, visit mge.com/sharedsolar.

Shared Solar

Solar Lighting Proposal

We continue to explore innovative and environmentally friendly options for our customers. That's why we have an option for residential and business customers who want to add overhead solar lighting to their properties. MGE is able to partner with customers to design a customized lighting plan for large expanses.

Shared Solar

Solar in Schools

We are committed to helping teach area students about renewable energy technologies. That's why the MGE Foundation has funded solar array installations for each of the 10 high schools in our electric service area.

Madison College Solar Array

Photo Credit: Dr. Ken Walz, Madison College

Madison College Solar Array

MGE provided grant money and technical assistance to Madison College's solar array installed in 2018 on the rooftop of the college's Truax Campus. Extending 125,000 square feet, more than two NFL football fields, the 5,700-panel solar installation serves the college with clean power and is expected to save about $200,000 per year in electricity costs. It also provides a valuable educational tool for scores of current and future students in the college's renewable energy program and related fields.

Solar in Our Community

Live energy production data from several of our projects in the community is available on our website. These projects give us a better understanding of which equipment and mounting configurations work best in our climate and conditions. As solar technology continues to evolve, we continue to learn how we can best serve our customers with clean energy from the sun.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Aldo Leopold Nature Center
54 Module Array
20,918 kWh per year

Madison Children's Museum

Madison Children's Museum
14 module array
1,600 kWh per year


Olbrich Gardens

Olbrich Gardens Solar Flair
8 module array
700 kWh per year

Wisconsin State Capitol

Wisconsin State Capitol
48 module array
11,776 kWh per year