MGE Announces Plans to Expand Innovative Shared Solar Program
Second array opens community solar program to more customers, advances clean energy goals.
Madison, Wis., March 20, 2019—Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) today filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to expand its popular Shared Solar program with a second, large-scale solar installation in the City of Middleton.
"Our Shared Solar program is fully subscribed with a waiting list of customers who want to participate," MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler said. "We have significant customer interest in Shared Solar, and by proposing this expansion, we are meeting the needs of our customers who want affordable and locally sourced solar energy."
Shared Solar Expansion
- MGE proposing expansion of innovative Shared Solar program.
- New project would be a 5-megawatt array at Middleton's Morey Field.
- Shared Solar subscribers obtain up to 50% of their annual electric needs from local solar generation.
- Voluntary program to serve residential and business electric customers.
The 5-megawatt (MW) solar project would be built in partnership with the City of Middleton at the Middleton Municipal Airport, also known as Morey Field. The proposed expansion gives residential and business customers throughout MGE's electric service territory the option of powering their home or business with locally generated solar energy. Subscribers to the voluntary program can purchase up to half of their annual electricity use through the Shared Solar program.
"This project builds on the success of our first Shared Solar project," Keebler added. "It also advances the City of Middleton's and MGE's clean energy goals. We look forward to working with our customers and the City of Middleton in growing our Shared Solar program with this new, large-scale project."
Renewable Energy Rider
A 1 MW share of the 5-MW solar array will serve the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District under MGE's Renewable Energy Rider (RER). A 0.5-MW share will serve the City of Middleton under a separate RER agreement.
Under a Renewable Energy Rider, MGE partners with a large energy user to tailor a renewable energy solution to meet that customer's energy needs. The model advances shared sustainability goals and grows clean energy in our community.
Construction is expected to begin this summer, with the solar array producing electricity for customers later this fall. Interested customers should visit mge.com/sharedsolar to learn more.
This proposal follows MGE's first Shared Solar project, a 500-kilowatt array on the roof of Middleton's Municipal Operations Center. The array came online in January 2017 fully subscribed.
MGE continues to work actively with developers to pursue other potential solar generation sites. The company is targeting at least a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. Longer-term, MGE is working toward carbon reductions of at least 80% by 2050.
MGE generates and distributes electricity to 153,000 customers in Dane County, Wis., and purchases and distributes natural gas to 161,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE's parent company is MGE Energy, Inc. The company's roots in the Madison area date back more than 150 years.