MGE, We Energies partner on solar farm

In what both companies view as a step in their transition to a clean energy future, Madison Gas and Electric and We Energies have announced a new partnership to acquire the remaining 150 megawatts of the Badger Hollow Solar Farm in Iowa County.

The two utility companies filed a joint application on Aug. 1 with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. If regulators approve the acquisition, this second phase of the Badger Hollow Solar Farm project would begin generating electricity in 2021.

MGE will own 50 megawatts and We Energies will own 100 megawatts.

In May, MGE and Wisconsin Public Service, a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, received regulatory approval to own a combined total of 150 megawatts at Badger Hollow. On this first phase of the project, MGE will own 50 megawatts, and WPS will own 100 megawatts, and commercial operation of this phase is expected by the end of 2020.

Badger Hollow will be located in southwestern Wisconsin, near the villages of Montfort and Cobb, about 12 miles west of Dodgeville. The 300-megawatt project is being developed by Chicago-based Invenergy, the largest privately held renewable energy company in North America.