MG&E, MMSD get approval for large solar energy project

MADISON, Wis. — A 53-acre solar energy project to help power Madison Gas & Electric and the Madison Metropolitan School District and get them closer to their 100% renewable energy goals is getting approval from the state.

The Public Service Commission recently approved the new solar array north of the Rodefeld Landfill in southeast Madison that MG&E says will include 28,000 solar panels and generate eight megawatts of electricity.

Of that, 5 megawatts will be used by the city and 3 megawatts will be used by the school district.

“This partnership between MGE, the City of Madison and MMSD is another great example of how working together we can advance shared energy goals and achieve net-zero carbon electricity for all of our customers by 2050,” MG&E chairman Jeff Keebler said in a statement.

Similar to MG&E’s “net-zero” goal of 2050, MMSD is hoping to turn 50% of its energy needs into renewable energy by the year 2030, 75% renewable energy by 2035 and 100% by 2040.