MGE, MMSD, gain approval for solar project

A Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) solar project with the city of Madison and the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) has been approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, according to a release from MGE. The eight-megawatt Hermsdorf Solar project will cover about 53 acres in Madison and consist of about 28,000 solar panels. The city of Madison will take five megawatts of the output and MMSD will take three megawatts of the output under separate agreements with MGE. The electricity generated is expected to increase renewable energy use in city operations by nearly 20% and MMSD by about 16%.