Morey Field Solar Comes Online
Madison Gas and Electric's (MGE) 5-megawatt (MW) Morey Field Solar array at Middleton Municipal Airport is fully operational and delivering locally generated, carbon-free energy to the electric grid. The array is the second in MGE's popular Shared Solar program, which provides residential and business electric customers an easy, convenient way to power their home or business with local solar.
"Morey Field Solar and the expansion of our Shared Solar program is another step toward meeting our goal of net-zero carbon electricity by the year 2050," said MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler. "Clean energy is important to MGE, the City of Middleton and the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. Their partnership and support, along with the support of our Shared Solar participants, help us to meet our shared energy goals. By working together with our customers, we can achieve net-zero carbon electricity for our community."
MGE's first Shared Solar project, a 500-kilowatt array on the roof of Middleton's Municipal Operations Center, began serving customers in January 2017. Shared Solar participants reserve a portion of the electricity produced by the solar arrays. Subscribers to the voluntary program can purchase up to half of their annual electricity use through Shared Solar.
Partnership with City and school district
MCPASD Superintendent Dana Monogue and Middleton Mayor Gurdip Brar joined MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler, MGE Vice President of Energy Technology Don Peterson and others for the groundbreaking of Morey Field Solar in October 2019 at Middleton Municipal Airport.
Seventy percent of the solar array at Morey Field serves Shared Solar participants. A 1-MW share of the array serves the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) under a Renewable Energy Rider (RER) agreement. A 0.5-MW share serves the City of Middleton under a separate RER agreement.
"The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District appreciates the partnership with MGE and the City of Middleton," Superintendent Dana Monogue said. "We are particularly excited the solar array could save the District more than $1 million in electricity costs over the next 25 or so years and there was no cost to MCPASD. We have a long and proud tradition of supporting sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly initiatives. This is just another example of the benefit partnerships can have for an entire community.''
"We are so pleased to model this new collaborative approach to clean, renewable energy at the Middleton Municipal Airport thanks to MGE and our partners in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District," said City of Middleton Mayor Gurdip Brar. "It’s a project that helps the City, utility, schools and residents meet ambitious and timely energy goals, and we hope it inspires other partnerships like this around the state."
Under an RER, MGE partners 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 distribution costs to deliver the energy to the customer. The model advances shared sustainability goals and grows clean energy in our community.