MGE breaks ground on Middleton solar farm, Fitchburg could be next

Madison Gas & Electric broke ground on a 5-megawatt solar farm in Middleton located at the Middleton Municipal Airport. The solar project should be operational in 2020.

According to MG&E:

  • Seventy percent (3.5-MW share) of the solar array will serve participants in its Shared Solar program, while 30 percent (1.5-MW share) will serve two separate Renewable Energy Rider (RER) agreements.
    • A 1-megawatt share of the array will serve the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District.
    • A 0.5-megawatt share will serve the City of Middleton under a separate RER agreement.

The utility is also eyeing a 20-megawatt solar farm in Fitchburg near Lacy Road and South Seminole Highway. If conditional-use permits are granted, the Fitchburg farm could also break ground next year, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report.

"What started a few years ago has helped to grow locally generated clean energy in Dane County and serves as a great example of what can be accomplished when we work together around shared goals," noted MGE Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Keebler, in a company release

Earlier this year, Keebler announced a company goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050.

This article has been updated.