Learn About Solar Energy This Summer

Visit MGE solar demonstration projects at several family-friendly locations.

MGE has been working to advance clean energy for decades, beginning with some of our technology demonstration projects scattered across our service territory. The projects have grown the use of renewable energy while offering the opportunity to learn how this technology serves our community. As MGE targets 30% renewable energy by 2030, we invite you to visit some of our demonstration projects to see solar in action.

MGE solar in the community

Goodman Pool Canopy

Families visit the City of Madison's Goodman Pool to cool off, including taking a break under the pool's solar canopy. The canopy has 12 panels that feed into our community grid.

"Madison Parks is proud to have renewable energy installations in our parks that help us work toward our sustainability goals. A key part of those goals is to promote awareness, and we think having installations at locations like the Goodman Pool helps accomplish this," said Eric Knepp, City of Madison Parks Superintendent.

Another favorite family destination is the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, where MGE's 54-panel solar installation helps to power our community grid. Inside, the MGE Renewable Energy Center features a dynamic interactive program that gives visitors the opportunity to learn how the technology creates a more sustainable environment.

Aldo Leopold Solar Panels

"With MGE's support, we're investing in environmental education to engage and empower current and future generations to respect, protect and enjoy the natural world, creating healthy and more sustainable communities," said Mike Strigel, president and executive director of Aldo Leopold Nature Center.

Campus Drive Bike Path

It's hard to miss MGE's 37 overhead lights along the Campus Drive bike path west of the UW-Madison. The solar-powered lights have enough battery capacity to illuminate for five consecutive nights without recharging. The installation illuminates the bike path with energy captured from the sun.

All of MGE's solar demonstration projects connect to our community's electric grid, adding clean energy to our mix for all MGE customers. A full list of our solar demonstration projects can be found at mge.com/solarprojects.

Upcoming solar projects

MGE is seeking regulatory approval to build our largest solar project yet in partnership with WEC Energy Group. The project further advances our commitment to reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2030. Beyond 2030, we are committed to reducing carbon emissions at least 80% by 2050. If we can go further faster by working together with our customers, we will.

On May 31, 2018, MGE, in partnership with WEC Energy Group, announced plans for the projects.

published: 05-31-2018