What is the Shared Solar program?
Shared Solar is an easy way to get the benefits of cost-effective, locally generated solar energy to power your home or business. Now you can support solar even if you live in an apartment or condo or have a shaded roof. To participate, customers are able to reserve a portion of the electricity produced from the Shared Solar arrays with a stable electric rate for the next 25 years. The power from the arrays is delivered to MGE's electric grid, replacing electricity generated by fossil fuels or other sources.
The second installation of MGE's Shared Solar program is currently sold out; however interested customers are still able to join the waiting list if space becomes available. There is no obligation to join the program by signing up for the waiting list, so check it out today.
Where is Shared Solar located?
MGE partnered with the City of Middleton to build the first array on the roof of the City's Municipal Operations Center (MOC), east of and visible from Highway 12 on the north side of Middleton.
A second array was completed in August 2020 at Middleton Municipal Airport. This 3.5-megawatt (MW) expansion of the program allowed for additional customers to participate in Shared Solar.
How do I join the waiting list?
Join the waiting list by using our residential customer request form available here. Once we receive your request, we will place you on our waiting list in the order in which we received your request. As shares become available, we will review your application, determine your eligibility and contact you to determine if you are still interested in participating. There is no obligation to purchase shares by joining the waiting list.
How much electricity is produced?
The first array located on the MOC has a capacity of 500 kilowatts (kW). Given the type and efficiencies of solar panels and other project components and our region's solar exposure, we have generated about 640,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually from the project.
The Shared Solar portion of the array at Middleton Municipal Airport has a capacity of 3.5 MW. We estimate the Shared Solar portion of this array will produce more than 6 million kWh in its first year of operation.
Are participants paying to own part of the solar array?
No. Participants reserve a portion of the electricity produced from the solar arrays.
Is the power delivered directly to the homes or businesses of participants?
The power from the Shared Solar arrays is delivered to MGE's electric grid. It replaces electricity that would have been generated by fossil fuels and other sources.
What if a storm damages the solar panels?
We do everything we can to make repairs and restore the solar system to optimal performance. Damage to the solar project will not cause participants to lose power. MGE will continue to meet the energy needs of the participants with other resources as long as there is no damage to the electrical system feeding their homes.
Can I monitor the solar project's energy production over time?
Yes, you can monitor the energy production of the solar array at the MOC at mge.com/sharedsolarproduction. We expect the new solar array's production data will be available online in the near future.
What’s the difference between Shared Solar and MGE's Green Power Tomorrow (GPT) program?
Both of MGE's renewable energy programs provide eligible electric customers with the opportunity to receive some – or all – of their electricity from clean energy sources. GPT supports wind energy generation in our region. GPT customers pay a penny more per kWh and can select a fixed dollar amount or a percentage of their monthly energy use (1% through 100%) to purchase under GPT. Shared Solar provides locally generated energy at a stable rate that will not increase for 25 years.
Eligible electric customers who would like to power their homes or businesses with 100 percent renewable energy can participate in both our Shared Solar and GPT programs.
How does Shared Solar fit with MGE's Energy 2030 framework?
This community solar program was designed by MGE with help from our customers. Shared Solar is an example of the types of innovative programs, products and services through which we are partnering with customers to advance our Energy 2030 framework. Beyond our clean energy goals under Energy 2030, MGE is targeting net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. We'll continue to work with our customers to reach this ambitious goal.