MGE Announces Plans for More Local Solar
MGE took another step in early August to further grow our use of solar energy. We filed a joint application with We Energies to purchase the remaining 150 megawatts (MW) of the Badger Hollow Solar Farm. MGE will own 50 MW and We Energies will own 100 MW.
“This addition of cost-effective solar energy will help MGE reach our goal of net-zero carbon electricity by the year 2050 while also helping us to manage long-term costs to our customers,” said Jeff Keebler, MGE chairman, president and CEO. “This is yet another step in our active transition toward greater use of cleaner energy sources to serve our community.”
If regulators approve this acquisition, this phase of the Badger Hollow Solar Farm would begin generating electricity in 2021.
Badger Hollow Solar Farm
In May, MGE and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) received regulatory approval to own a combined total of 150 MW at Badger Hollow. MGE will own 50 MW, and WPS will own 100 MW of this first phase of the project. Commercial operation of this phase is expected by the end of 2020.
Targeting Net-Zero by 2050
MGE's 100-MW share of Badger Hollow will serve about 33,000 typical households with clean, carbon-free electricity. MGE is targeting net-zero carbon electricity for our customers by the year 2050. We're working toward our goal by decarbonizing our electric generation, engaging customers in energy efficiency and electrifying transportation, all of which are considered key strategies for reducing carbon emissions. Visit us here at energy2030together.com to learn more about how we can work together for a cleaner energy future.