Dane County Airport to receive 9 MW solar project - Smart Energy Decisions

Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  May 4, 2020

Dane County Airport to receive 9 MW solar project

Dane County Regional Airport in Wisconsin received news on April 30 from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin that they were approved to implement a 9 MW solar array on-site with the help of Madison Gas and Electric to cover approximately 40% of the energy needs of the entire county.

The solar project will include 31,000 solar panels installed across 58 acres north of the airport. The utility will be building the solar project at the airport under MSE’s Renewable Energy Rider program, which was established to facilitate renewable energy projects in partnership with large energy users. MGE will construct and own the project and sell the power to the county.

"As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit the economy and cause job loss, I am hopeful the large-scale Dane County Regional Airport solar project will create much-needed jobs in the community and help stimulate the local economy," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement. "In addition to creating local, clean energy jobs and reducing climate change emissions, our partnership with MGE will enable the County to stay on course to achieve 100% renewable energy for its facilities."

This will be the largest solar project in Dane County and the largest built in Wisconsin for a single customer. The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2020.

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