Wisconsin Municipal Utility commissions 8-MW Solar project to supply city, school district

April 6, 2022
The supplied energy will increase renewable energy usage in city operations by nearly 20% and in the Madison Metropolitan School District by approximately 16%

Madison Gas and Electric is generating zero-carbon electricity from its 8-MW Hermsdorf Solar Fields inside the Wisconsin city.

Hermsdork is connected to MGE’s distribution grid. It will power the Madison Metropolitan School District under Renewable Energy Rider (RER) agreements with MGE.

The city will receive 5 MW of the output and the Madison Metropolitan School District will receive 3 MW. Their RER agreements are approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.

RER customers will be responsible for the renewable generation facility-related costs and distribution costs.

The supplied energy will increase renewable energy usage in city operations by nearly 20% and in the Madison Metropolitan School District by approximately 16%.

The project, developed by NextEra Energy Resources Development, is located on more than 50 acres of land and comprises almost 30,000 bifacial solar panels.

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The Hermsdorf site is leased to MGE. The utility intends to add pollinator plantings in certain areas of the site to improve monarch and honeybee populations.

MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler said the firm is continuing its movement towards net-zero carbon electricity by 2050 with this new project. It has continued its transition to clean energy sources with the addition of nearly 400 MW of wind, solar and battery storage between 2015 and 2024. By 2030, MGE aims to reduce carbon emissions by 80%.

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