MGE Proposes Major Solar Project in Fitchburg

Our utility subsidiary, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), is seeking state regulatory approval for a 20-megawatt (MW) solar array to be built in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Known as the O'Brien Solar Fields, the project will provide locally generated solar energy to local businesses, municipalities and public institutions under MGE's innovative Renewable Energy Rider (RER).

OBrien Solar Farm
"This is an exciting project for our participating customers and for MGE. Twenty megawatts of locally generated, cost-effective carbon-free energy on our electric grid will help us achieve our goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050 and the sustainability goals of these customers," said MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler. "We are thankful for their support and their participation and look forward to bringing what will be one of the largest solar arrays in the state to Dane County."

MGE is partnering with the following customers on this project through RER agreements: the City of Fitchburg, Placon, Promega Corporation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Willy Street Co-op and the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

O'Brien Solar Fields

EDF Renewables is the developer of the project which, if approved, will span approximately 160 acres and consist of about 66,000 solar panels. After construction, MGE will take over the solar fields from EDF and lease the land from the O'Brien family.

Participating customers have entered into RER agreements, subject to regulatory approval, with MGE. RERs enable MGE to partner with a large energy user to tailor a renewable energy solution to meet that customer's energy needs. RER customers are responsible for costs associated with the renewable generation facility and any distribution costs to deliver energy to the customer. The innovative model grows clean energy in our community.

This will be the largest solar project in Dane County, if approved. Construction is expected to begin this year with the solar array generating electricity in 2021.