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.
In May 2018, MGE announced plans to build two large solar farms in partnership with WEC Energy Group (WEC). In March 2019, state regulators approved the projects. Construction is expected to begin in summer. The solar farms are expected to 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.
MGE also partners with the communities we serve to advance clean energy and our shared energy goals. MGE's Shared Solar program offers 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 located 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.
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.
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.
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.