MGE and Dane County Celebrate Airport Solar Project
In mid-September, MGE Energy and MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler joined Dane County Executive Joe Parisi at Dane County Regional Airport to discuss the success of MGE's 9-megawatt airport solar project, which came online in late 2020 to serve County operations.
Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi highlighted in mid-September the success of the 9-megawatt (MW) solar project at the Dane County Regional Airport. The array has generated more than 12 million kilowatt-hours of electricity since it began operating in December 2020.
"This project serves as a great example of how, by working together, we can advance shared sustainability goals, including MGE's goal of net-zero carbon electricity for all our customers by 2050," said Keebler. "Travelers and drivers along Highway 51 will see this large array and know our community is committed to growing clean energy."
The solar array at Dane County Regional Airport consists of about 31,000 solar panels and covers 58 acres of County-owned land north of the airport. Dane County leases the land to MGE, and MGE sells the electricity generated to Dane County under MGE's Renewable Energy Rider (RER) program, which includes more than 30 MWs of solar energy in the greater Madison area.
"The partnership with MGE on the airport solar project is a great example of win-win clean energy solutions. Not only is the project reducing County operating costs, but it also created local job opportunities during the pandemic," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. "Clean energy efforts like this one benefit our environment, the local economy and Dane County taxpayers. We appreciate MGE's partnership on this project and their shared commitment to pursuing sustainable energy alternatives."
According to Dane County, the airport solar project provides about 40% of the electricity required to power County facilities.
Project advances shared sustainability goals
In May 2019, MGE announced its goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050, making it one of the first utilities in the nation to commit to net-zero carbon by mid-century. MGE expects to achieve carbon reductions of at least 65% by 2030.
To achieve deep decarbonization, MGE is growing its use of renewable energy, engaging customers around energy efficiency and working to electrify transportation, all of which are key strategies to reduce carbon emissions. If MGE can go further faster in reducing carbon emissions, it will.