Middleton Welcomes Shared Solar

Program participants, city officials, MGE gather to celebrate first of its kind community solar project.

The City of Middleton's Municipal Operations Center, or MOC, is used to being a hub of energy. It houses city fleet vehicles, which are always on the move! Nowadays, the MOC also is generating energy. The giant building's roof is home to more than 1,700 solar panels as part of MGE's Shared Solar pilot project in partnership with the City of Middleton.

On Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, the city and MGE hosted a reception for MGE customers who participate in the Shared Solar program to thank them for their support and to celebrate the solar array becoming operational. Displays illustrated how the 500-kilowatt (kW) rooftop array actually delivers energy to our community grid. The locally generated solar energy replaces power that otherwise would have been generated by fossil fuels. The array generates enough electricity to power more than 100 average homes.

Unique partnership moved project forward

Solar panels atop Middleton PD

MGE and the city worked together for more than a year to develop the program. The unique partnership is an example of one of the ways MGE is working with customers to deliver a cleaner energy future. Under MGE's Energy 2030 framework, we've set the goal of supplying 30% of electric sales with renewable resources by 2030. Our interim goal of 25% renewables by 2025 also is consistent with Middleton's renewable energy goal.

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

Customers signed up to support Shared Solar

MGE thanks customers for their voluntary participation in this innovative program. Shared Solar provides the benefits of solar power without having to install solar panels on your home, making it an easy and affordable way to support clean energy in our community. Residential customers who take part are able to purchase solar energy for up to 50% of their annual electricity needs.

The program is sold out; however, we're continuing to process applications in case participants drop out or move out of our service territory. Eligible applicants will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis if capacity becomes available. By joining the waiting list, you're also helping us better understand our community's interest in building additional solar projects. Visit mge.com to join the waiting list.

Interested in seeing more from the MOC?

MGE chronicled installation of the project. Visit mge.com to check out a series of brief videos of construction and to find more information about the array's components.

published: 02-01-2017