MGE seeks approval for 20-MW solar farm in Wisconsin

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May 19 (Renewables Now) - Madison Gas and Electric Co (MGE) on Monday said it is seeking approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) for a 20-MW solar project in the state.

Construction is planned to start this year.

The O'Brien Solar Fields project, to be located in Fitchburg, Dane County, will produce solar power for local businesses, municipalities and public institutions. If approved, the USD-32-million (EUR 29m) project will be the biggest in Dane County.

EDF Renewables North America developed the solar project of about 66,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels and will transfer it to MGE upon completion in 2021.

MGE's partners on the project are the City of Fitchburg, Placon Corporation, Promega Corporation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Willy Street Co-op and Wisconsin Department of Administration.

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.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.912)

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