New Wind, Solar and Battery Storage Projects Planned
Four Wisconsin projects will help power about 26,500 MGE households.
We are continuing to grow our use of cost-effective, clean energy to serve our customers with Wisconsin wind and solar. Four recently proposed clean energy projects will provide enough electricity to power about 26,500 MGE households by the end of 2023!
Red Barn Wind Farm
The 92-megawatt (MW) Red Barn Wind Farm in Grant County will feature 28 turbines. MGE's 10% share of the wind farm will power about 4,000 households. If approved, it is expected to begin serving customers by the end of 2022.
Paris Solar-Battery Park
MGE will own 20 MW of solar energy and 11 MW of battery storage from the 200-MW solar farm to be built in Kenosha County. MGE's share will help power about 6,000 households. If approved, the 1,500-acre project will feature up to 750,000 solar panels. It is expected to begin serving customers in 2023.
Darien Solar Energy Center
MGE's share of the Darien Solar Energy Center will serve about 7,500 households. MGE will own 25 MW of solar energy and 7.5 MW of battery storage from the 250-MW, 85,000-panel facility in southeastern Wisconsin. If approved, the project is expected to begin serving MGE customers by the end of 2023.
Koshkonong Solar Energy Center
MGE is seeking approval to own 30 MW of solar energy and 16.5 MW of battery storage from this 300-MW solar park to be built in the Town of Deerfield and the Town of Christiana in Dane County. MGE's share of the project will help power about 9,000 households. If approved, it’s expected online in 2024.
These clean energy projects are another step toward carbon reductions of at least 65% by 2030 and our goal of net-zero carbon by 2050. They also will help meet future energy and capacity needs cost-effectively as the company continues its ongoing transition away from coal-fired electricity with the planned retirement of the Columbia Energy Center in Portage by the end of 2024.