MGE Moves Forward With Proposed Community Solar Pilot Project in Middleton

Madison, Wis., Sept. 28, 2015—Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) today filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to implement a community solar pilot project.

The project will provide interested MGE customers an opportunity to obtain up to half of their annual electric needs from solar photovoltaic generation.

The proposed project calls for a 500-kilowatt (kW) solar array at the new Middleton Municipal Operations Center located on Parmenter Street along Highway 12.

MGE and the City of Middleton have been working together for over a year to design and develop the details of this project.

This array would feed power back into the electric grid, enabling local customers to purchase renewable energy generated right here at home. MGE expects this project will serve approximately 250 customers, based on an average subscription of 2 kW.

"As the costs of installing solar continue to come down and customer interest in solar continues to rise, MGE wants to integrate more solar energy into the electric grid," explained Gary Wolter, MGE Chairman, President and CEO. "A community solar project allows MGE to give customers, some of whom could never install solar generation themselves, the opportunity to benefit from renewable energy."

In addition to the community solar project, MGE also is proposing to partner with the City on a 100-kW solar array on the roof of the Middleton Police Department building. The energy generated would provide approximately 25% of the energy used by that building annually.

If the community solar project is approved later this year, MGE anticipates it will begin operations in late spring or early summer 2016.

About MGE
MGE generates and distributes electricity to 143,000 customers in Dane County, Wis., and purchases and distributes natural gas to 149,000 customers in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE's parent company is MGE Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGEE). The company's roots in the Madison area date back more than 150 years.

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