MGE's Innovative Shared Solar Partnership Moves Forward

Madison, Wis., Oct. 20, 2016—Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) announced today that its Shared Solar pilot program is fully subscribed and construction will start soon.

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MGE's Shared Solar Moves Forward

  • The MGE Shared Solar pilot program is fully subscribed.
  • Shared Solar provides participants with opportunity to obtain up to 50% of their annual electric needs from local solar generation.
  • Project will consist of 500-kilowatt solar array at Middleton Municipal Operations Center.
  • Construction expected to start in October.
  • Project expected to start generating electricity in December.

This innovative model for community solar in the City of Middleton provides participants an opportunity to obtain up to half of their annual electric needs from local solar photovoltaic generation.

"We are excited to begin this partnership with our customers who have signed up for Shared Solar. I thank them for their participation," said Gary Wolter, MGE Chairman, President and CEO. "Under MGE's Energy 2030 framework, we have set the goal of supplying 30% of our retail electric sales with renewable energy by 2030. Working together with our customers, we can reach our shared goal of a cleaner energy future."

"I also want to thank the City of Middleton for their efforts in making this unique collaboration possible," Wolter said.

"The partnership with MGE is an excellent opportunity for our residents to buy clean energy that is produced right here in Middleton on a City building. The collaboration also helps Middleton achieve our sustainability goals, which includes procuring 25% of our energy needs from renewable sources by 2025," added Kurt Sonnentag, Middleton Mayor.

The Shared Solar project will consist of a 500-kilowatt (kW) solar array on the roof of the Middleton Municipal Operations Center located on Parmenter Street along Highway 12.

The array will deliver power to the electric grid, which enables participants to purchase locally generated solar energy without having solar panels on their roofs.

In addition to the Shared Solar project, MGE also is partnering with the City on a 100-kW solar array on the roof of the Middleton Police Department building. It will provide about 25% of the electricity used by that building annually.

Construction of both installations is expected to begin later this month. Both projects are expected to begin generating electricity in December.

More information on the program is available at mge.com/sharedsolar.

Steven Schultz - Corporate Communications Manager
608-252-7219 | sbschultz@mge.com