Large-Scale Solar Moves Forward
Partnership advances renewable energy, carbon reduction goals.
Future site in Iowa County, Wis., for large-scale solar array.
MGE continues to grow its use of cleaner energy sources. In April, MGE received approval from state regulators to move ahead with plans for two major solar projects in Wisconsin. The two projects combined will bring 300 megawatts (MW) of locally generated, emissions-free solar energy to the state. MGE will own 100 MW of the combined output at the two locations.
"These two clean energy projects will build on the progress we've already made increasing our renewable generation and reducing carbon emissions," said Jeff Keebler, MGE Chairman, President and CEO. "Growing our use of renewable resources, and thereby reducing carbon intensity in electric generation, is a key strategy for moving toward a more sustainable energy future and achieving deep decarbonization."
MGE is partnering with another Wisconsin utility, Wisconsin Public Service, on the projects.
The Badger Hollow Solar Farm will be located in Iowa county in southwestern Wisconsin near the villages of Montfort and Cobb. MGE will own 50 MW.
The Two Creeks solar project will be built in Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties in northeastern Wisconsin in the Town of Two Creeks and the City of Two Rivers, near the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant. MGE will own 50 MW.
"Badger Hollow and Two Creeks, like our Saratoga wind farm that recently came online, will help us achieve our sustainable energy goals and provide cost-effective, clean energy for decades to come," Keebler added.
MGE is targeting carbon emissions reductions of at least 40% by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050. If we can go further faster by working with our customers, we will.
Construction of the two projects is expected to begin later this year. Both are expected online by the end of 2020.