Dane County and MGE Partner on Solar Project
Collaboration is expected to bring large solar array to Dane County Regional Airport.
Visitors flying in to the Madison area will be greeted in the future by a large solar array. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced in early October "a historic partnership" with MGE to move forward 8 megawatts of solar on County-owned land adjacent to Dane County Regional Airport. The partnership advances both the County's and MGE's clean energy goals.
"Growing renewable energy, being energy efficient as a community – a community of individuals, of businesses, of local governments – and electrifying transportation, which also is a significant contributor of carbon, are all strategies and opportunities to advance sustainability," MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler said. "And we look forward to continuing our work with the County and all of our customers to move them forward together."
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The proposed solar project builds upon MGE's and the County's longstanding partnership around sustainability. MGE purchases electricity generated from methane at the Dane County landfill and from a manure digester.
Renewable Energy Rider
The project is the first announced under MGE's new Renewable Energy Rider. MGE will own the solar infrastructure, lease the land from Dane County and sell the energy to the County.
Our Renewable Energy Rider provides MGE and large energy users the opportunity to partner to tailor a renewable energy solution to meet a customer's needs. The innovative model is one way to grow renewable energy in our community.
The project requires approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. If approved, construction is expected to begin in 2019.