Shared Solar for Your Home or Business
Expansion opens program to businesses.
Nearly 300 local households are part of MGE's Shared Solar community. Now, the program's prepared to welcome small- and medium-size businesses.
MGE is expanding our community solar program, Shared Solar, with a second solar installation. Customers who subscribe to Shared Solar receive up to half of their annual electric use through the program, which offers customers locally generated solar energy. Previously, the program was open only to residential customers.
"Shared Solar is a great option for business owners who want to fuel their business with clean energy but cannot or choose not to install solar themselves,” said Cheri Salmon, MGE manager of new products and services.
MGE's Shared Solar program launched in early 2017. The City of Middleton and MGE partnered to place a 500-kilowatt array on the roof of the City's Municipal Operations Center, or MOC. The program sold out quickly. An expansion of the program with a second, large-scale solar installation will allow more customers to participate and advance shared energy goals for our community.
"Shared Solar offers customers solar energy at minimal upfront cost and it is clean energy generated right here in the communities we serve," said Salmon.
The solar project will be built in partnership with the City of Middleton at the Middleton Municipal Airport, also known as Morey Field. Construction is expected this summer with the array expected to be operational in fall.
Our first Shared Solar array on top of the Middleton Municipal Operations Center.
Sign up today!
Visit mge.com/sharedsolar to access our FAQs and to enroll. Participation is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Shared Solar makes it easy to power your home or business with renewable energy. Subscribers pay a one-time upfront fee to participate and a $0.109 rate per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for up to half of their annual electricity use.
For customers who sign up for Shared Solar for up to half of their annual electric use but would like to power their home or business with 100% renewable energy, MGE also offers our Green Power Tomorrow program (GPT). Subscribers to GPT pay one cent more per kWh to receive a percentage or specific dollar amount of their electricity from wind and solar resources in our region. MGE residential and business customers can sign up to purchase a percentage (1% to 100%) of their monthly electricity use through GPT or, since electricity use can vary, customers can choose instead to purchase a specific dollar amount of GPT electricity each month. To sign up, or to get more information, visit mge.com/GPT.
See Shared Solar in action
Solar energy generation varies with our Wisconsin seasons. For example, monthly energy production at MGE's solar array at the MOC was greatest in the month of July at about 93,000 kWh. That's enough electricity to power nearly 200 average households for the month. Visit mge.com to see the array's production data by day, week, month or year.
Shared Solar, shared goals
By supporting Shared Solar, you're also helping MGE advance our goal of reducing carbon emissions. MGE is targeting net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. If we can go further faster by working with our customers, we will.
Stay tuned to energy2030together.com for details as we expand our Shared Solar program.