Shared Solar for Your Home or Business

Planned expansion opens program to small businesses.

Nearly 300 local households are part of MGE's Shared Solar community. Now, the program's prepared to welcome small businesses.

MGE is seeking to expand 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 market development manager.

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 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.

Our first Shared Solar array on top of the Middleton Municipal Operations Center.

Our first Shared Solar array on top of the Middleton Municipal Operations Center.

Join our "Worth Waiting For" list

MGE is building a waiting list of interested customers, both residential and business customers. Those on the waiting list will be among the first to learn details about the program's expansion. If you would like to join our "Worth Waiting For" list, visit mge.com/sharedsolar.

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 fixed rate per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for up to half of their annual electricity use.

For customers who sign up for Shared Solar 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 a one-cent premium 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 at least 40% from 2005 levels by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050. Working together, we can reach these goals.

Stay tuned to energy2030together.com for details as we work to expand our Shared Solar program.

published: Feb-01-2019