MGE cleared to build 9-MW solar facility in Wisconsin
Solar array. Author: David Goehring. License: Creative Commons
Madison Gas and Electric Co (MGE) on Thursday said it has been given the green light to build a 9-MW solar farm near the Dane County Regional Airport in Wisconsin.
The solar facility will include about 31,000 solar panels, located on land owned by Dane County and leased to MGE. The solar array, which will be the biggest solar project in the state constructed for a single customer, will be built and owned by the unit of MGE Energy Inc (NASDAQ:MGEE).
The electricity produced by the facility will cover about 40% of the energy demand of all county-owned facilities. The solar farm is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2020.
The project was agreed under MGE's Renewable Energy Rider programme, as part of which the company tailors renewable energy solutions for big energy users to cover their energy needs. The initiative is part of MGE's efforts to provide net-zero carbon electricity for all of its customers by 2050.