MGE Seeks Approval for Large Solar Project at Dane County Regional Airport

Our regulated utility subsidiary, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), filed in December an application with state regulators to partner with Dane County on a 9-megawatt (MW) solar array near the Dane County Regional Airport. The cost of the project is estimated to be approximately $16 million. If approved, this will be the largest solar project in Dane County. 

MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

"MGE is excited to partner with Dane County on this project that will provide locally generated clean energy to the County as we work together to reach our shared energy goals," said Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler. 

The project will be built under MGE's Renewable Energy Rider (RER). An RER agreement gives MGE and a large energy user, like the County, the opportunity to partner 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 the community. 

Airport project details 

The solar array will consist of about 31,000 solar panels and will cover 58 acres of County-owned land north of the airport. Dane County will lease the land to MGE. MGE will construct and own the solar array and sell the energy to Dane County.  

Construction is expected in 2020. The solar array would begin generating electricity by the end of 2020. 

Net-zero carbon electricity by 2050 

The project also advances clean energy goals. MGE is targeting net-zero carbon electricity by the year 2050. To achieve deep decarbonization, MGE is working with customers to decarbonize electricity generation, engage around energy efficiency and electrify transportation, all of which are recognized as key strategies for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.