New Solar Project Proposed to Serve City of Madison and Local Schools
The 8-megawatt Hermsdorf Solar project would feature about 28,000 solar panels.
MGE is partnering with the City of Madison and the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) on a proposed 8-megawatt (MW) solar array in Madison. Hermsdorf Solar, located near Dane County’s Rodefeld Landfill, will provide cost-effective, carbon-free, locally generated energy through Renewable Energy Rider (RER) agreements with MGE.
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 pay the costs associated with the renewable generation facility and any distribution costs. This innovative model helps grow local clean energy and advance shared energy goals, including MGE’s goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050.
The solar array will consist of about 28,000 solar panels and will cover approximately 53 acres of land north of Dane County's Rodefeld Landfill in southeast Madison.
The City will take 5 MW of the output and MMSD will take 3 MW. If approved, the solar array is expected to begin generating electricity by the end of the year.