Two Major Solar Projects Announced

New solar advances MGE's renewable energy and carbon reduction goals.

MGE announced in late May plans for 100 megawatts (MW) of new solar energy to provide cost-effective, clean energy for customers . MGE is partnering with another Wisconsin utility company, WEC Energy Group's Wisconsin Public Service, on the two Wisconsin projects, which total 300 MW.

"This is another step toward meeting our renewable energy and carbon reduction goals," said Jeff Keebler, MGE President and CEO. "If approved, we look forward to the opportunity to grow cost-effective, clean energy to reliably serve our customers into the future."Map of new MGE solar projects in Wisconsin

MGE's carbon reduction goals

Under our Energy 2030 framework, we set ambitious goals for our community's energy future. We are on a trajectory to reduce carbon emissions at least 40% from 2005 levels by 2030, which is consistent with the U.S. emissions targets established for the 2030 time frame as part of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.

Beyond 2030, we have committed to reducing carbon emissions at least 80% by 2050. If we can go further faster by working together with our customers, we will.

The two new solar projects

The solar project known as Badger Hollow would be located in Iowa County, about 12 miles west of Dodgeville, Wisconsin. MGE's ownership share would be 50 MW.

The Two Creeks solar project would be located near the City of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. MGE's ownership share would be 50 MW.

"Renewable energy has decreased in cost and increased in efficiency in recent years, making both large-scale solar and wind energy more competitive for meeting our customers' needs cost effectively for decades to come," Keebler said. "Like our Saratoga wind farm, which is now under construction, these two solar projects will lower costs for customers in the long term."

If approved by the end of this year, construction of both projects is expected to begin by spring 2019. They would be expected to come online by the end of 2020.

Additional clean energy investments and deep decarbonization efforts

MGE recently purchased a share of the Forward Energy Center wind farm near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. When combined with our Saratoga wind farm, the Forward Energy Center grows MGE-owned wind by more than 200%.

MGE's Shared Solar array in the City of Middleton.

MGE's Shared Solar array in the City of Middleton.

"These renewable energy projects will benefit all customers. Many of our customers want clean energy and large-scale solar is a more cost-effective way to provide them with clean energy and help us reach our goals," Keebler added.

We're also working toward another Shared Solar project. Our Shared Solar program in partnership with the City of Middleton came online for residential customer subscribers in January 2017. The program is fully subscribed. We are developing a waiting list for our next project. To join the list, visit mge.com/sharedsolar.

In addition to our renewable energy investments, MGE is working toward deep decarbonization by advancing electric vehicles and using new technologies to increase engagement around energy efficiency, both of which are recognized as key strategies for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Stay informed by visiting energy2030together.com regularly for updates!

published: May-31-2018

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