MGE & Middleton 5 MW Solar Shares Groundbreaking

Middleton Mayor declares Solar Power Day, at the sunny October 28 groundbreaking for the Madison Gas & Electric 5 MW Shared Solar community solar garden on Middleton Municipal Airport Morey Field land.  The City purchased 500 kW and the Middleton-Cross Plains School District purchased 1 MW of the 5 MW solar PV tracking system through a Renewable Energy Rider, moving Middleton quickly closer to its 100% Clean Energy goal (See Energy On Wi News, July 2019).

Expected savings for the school district are $28,000 in the first year and more than $1 million over the 30-year life of the project. The City of Middleton expects to save an estimated $1.2 million in electricity costs over the project’s life. The project began generating electricity in July 2020.

Pictured left to right: MGE President & CEO, Jeffrey Keebler; Middleton Mayor, Gurdip Braar; Middleton Cross Plains School Superintendent, Dr. Dana Monogue; MGE VP Energy Technology, Don Peterson.

Photos courtesy of Sherrie Gruder

More than 16,000 Single-axis tracking solar PV panels, enough to power ~ 1,000 average WI homes annually. 16 million pounds CO2 annual avoided emissions. Low-growing deep-rooted prairie mix will be planted under panels.