New Year, New Solar Projects
MGE expected to welcome four new solar projects to grid in 2020.
This year began with our 66-megawatt (MW) Saratoga Wind Farm in Howard County, Iowa, coming online. Saratoga generates enough clean energy to power about 47,000 households.
MGE representatives joined leaders from the City of Middleton and the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District in October to celebrate the groundbreaking for a 5-megawatt (MW) solar array at the Middleton Municipal Airport, also known as Morey Field.
As we say good-bye to 2019, we look forward to welcoming a series of solar projects in the coming year:
- The Badger Hollow Solar Farm in Iowa County will deliver 50 MW of solar energy to MGE customers by the end of 2020. MGE has proposed purchasing another 50 MW from Badger Hollow. The combined 100 MW of energy would be enough to power about 33,000 households.
- We're also purchasing 50 MW of solar capacity from the Two Creeks Solar project in northeastern Wisconsin.
- Our Shared Solar program is expanding with a 5-MW solar array at the Middleton Municipal Airport.
- And, we're partnering with Dane County to build a 9-MW array at Dane County Regional Airport.
Growing clean energy is one of our strategies for reducing carbon emissions. MGE is working toward achieving net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. Our goal is consistent with the latest climate science for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. And, our strategies for reaching our goal – reducing the carbon intensity of electric generation, increasing energy efficiency and electrifying transportation – are the same strategies identified by international climate experts.
Our climate commitment
At MGE, we share the urgency of many in our community who want to act to create a cleaner future as quickly as we can. Our goal signals our direction, but it doesn't determine our pace.
We believe we can go further faster toward our net-zero carbon goal by working with our customers, so join us—in growing clean energy, practicing energy efficiency and conservation, and advancing new, more sustainable technologies, such as electric vehicles. We all can take action to improve our use of energy, to better our community and our planet. All of us at MGE look forward to a smarter, cleaner future for the benefit of all. Thank you, and happy new year.