MGE to build another large solar array

As part of its Shared Solar program, Madison Gas and Electric plans to build a second large-scale solar array, this time at the Middleton Municipal Airport, also known as Morey Field.

MGE, an electric and gas utility, has received approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to expand its Shared Solar program with the construction of what will be a 5-megawatt (MW) solar array. Construction should be completed this summer.

MGE Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Keebler called the expansion another step toward meeting the company’s goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. The community solar program is open to both residential and business customers who can reserve a portion of the electricity produced by the array. Subscribers to the voluntary program can purchase up to half of their annual electricity use through Shared Solar. 

“We look forward to building on the program's success and to welcoming new Shared Solar participants,” Keebler states.

Seventy percent of the array will serve the Shared Solar program. The City of Middleton and the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District will use the remaining 30 percent under a separate program.

MGE's first Shared Solar project is a 500-kilowatt array located on the roof of Middleton's Municipal Operations Center. It began serving customers in January 2017.