MGE Sets Goal for Net-Zero Carbon Electricity by 2050
Goal is based on latest climate science
MGE announced in May an ambitious target of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. This new goal reflects our vision for our community and our efforts to align with the latest climate science.
Dan Clausen, MGE's Senior Engineer Construction Management, at our first Shared Solar installation on the roof of the Middleton Operations Center. Our second Shared Solar installation will be built at Middleton's Morey Field. The expanded program is open to business customers.
MGE already has been working with customers to reduce carbon emissions at least 80% by 2050. Our new, net-zero carbon goal is ambitious—it will require technologies not yet commercially available—but we're working to advance a cleaner energy future by engaging our customers in energy efficiency and advancing electric vehicles and renewable energy.
As next steps toward our goals, in April state regulators approved 100 megawatts (MW) of new solar energy
for our customers. The Badger Hollow Solar Farm and the Two Creeks Solar project will deliver cost-effective, clean energy for decades to come!
In June, state regulators approved the construction of our new Shared Solar project
. Business customers who use electricity provided by MGE can purchase solar energy produced by this array.
Where are these projects located?
The Badger Hollow Solar Farm will be located in southwestern Wisconsin near the villages of Montfort and Cobb. MGE will own 50 MW of Badger Hollow. The Two Creeks Solar project will be built in northeastern Wisconsin in the town of Two Creeks and the city of Two Rivers. MGE also will own 50 MW of Two Creeks Solar. The new Shared Solar project will be located at Morey Field in Middleton.
How much energy will these projects deliver?
MGE's share of Badger Hollow and Two Creeks will deliver enough energy to power about 33,000 households. We will build a 5-MW array in Middleton. Seventy percent of the array will serve Shared Solar customers. The remainder will deliver clean energy to the City of Middleton and the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District.
All three sites are expected to be operational by the end of next year.
What are our next steps?
We continue to evaluate other possible sites and projects for additional wind- and solar-generating facilities. For more information about our energy future, visit energy2030together.com