Dane County and MG&E announce huge solar panel project at airport

MADISON(WKOW) —  Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, joined by Madison Gas and Electric Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler, announced a partnership to create the largest solar farm in Dane County and one of the largest solar projects in Wisconsin.

The solar farm project will feature the installation of over 20,000 solar panels on 41 acres of land located at the Dane County Regional Airport.

The project is anticipated to generate approximately 8 megawatts of renewable power – one-quarter of the energy demand from all county-owned facilities – and three times more megawatts than the largest solar project currently operating in the region, a 2.25 megawatt facility in Rock County.

MGE will own the solar infrastructure to be installed on airport land leased by MGE from the County. The development is a key component in achieving Dane County government’s 100 percent renewable electricity goal.

 “This historic solar farm will help increase local clean energy jobs, reduce carbon emissions, and reduce the tax burden on Dane County residents through lower energy bills”, said Parisi.

“MGE welcomes the opportunity to partner at the County’s request on this solar project and supports its efforts to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for its facilities,” said Keebler.

Dane County currently owns more solar than any other public entity in the state with nearly 600 killowatt at 15 facilities across the county.

The solar farm project will be the third solar installation at the Dane County Regional Airport.

Before construction can begin approvals are needed from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin . If approved, construction of the project is expected to begin in 2019.

Jim Letourneau

Jim Letourneau

Assignment Desk Editor, WKOW-TV

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