Latest Solar Proposal Includes Battery Storage
Paris Solar-Battery Park in Kenosha County will help power about 6,000 MGE households.
Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) recently announced plans to purchase solar energy and battery storage from the Paris Solar-Battery Park. If approved by state regulators, MGE will own 20 megawatts (MW) of solar energy and 11 MW of battery storage from the 200-MW solar farm to be built in the Town of Paris in Kenosha County. MGE's share of the Paris Solar-Battery Park will power about 6,000 households.
"Investment in solar energy and battery storage at the Paris Solar-Battery Park is an opportunity for MGE to invest further in cost-effective clean energy and new technologies to reliably serve all our customers as we work to meet our aggressive carbon reduction goals," said Jeff Keebler, MGE Chairman, President and CEO.
"This project is another step toward carbon reductions of at least 65% by 2030 and our goal of net-zero carbon by 2050. We have said since introducing our clean energy and carbon reduction goals—if we can go further faster, we will."
The project will help MGE to meet future energy needs as we continue our transition away from coal-fired electricity with the planned retirement of the Columbia Energy Center in Portage by the end of 2024.
Paris Solar-Battery Park details
When completed, the 1,500-acre project is expected to feature up to 750,000 solar panels. We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service would own the remaining 180 MW of the output and 99 MW of battery storage from the project.
If approved, construction is expected to begin in 2022. The project is expected to begin serving customers in 2023.