MGE's O'Brien Solar Fields Welcomes Customers
Our utility subsidiary, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), hosted an open house in late July at the O'Brien Solar Fields in the City of Fitchburg. The 20-megawatt facility came online in June to serve several large customers through MGE's Renewable Energy Rider. The O'Brien Solar Fields is the largest solar array in Dane County.
MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler shared with guests MGE's commitment to working with customers to grow the company's use of renewable energy.
Dozens of stakeholders and students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison attended the celebration to get an up-close look at the array, to learn about how it produces carbon-free energy and to hear from the customers being served by the project, which provides locally generated solar energy to local businesses, municipalities and public institutions. The O'Brien Solar Fields project serves the following customers:
- The City of Fitchburg
- Promega Corporation
- Tribe 9 Foods
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Willy Street Co-op
- Wisconsin Department of Administration
The O'Brien Solar Fields spans approximately 160 acres and consists of about 60,000 bifacial solar panels that produce energy from both sides of the panels as they track the sun from east to west throughout the day. MGE owns the solar array and leases the land from the O'Brien family, a number of whom attended the celebration.
EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions designed, developed and built the project.