Wisconsin’s first major solar project has completed and is now providing power to homes and businesses in the Madison area.
Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) is a co-owner of the 150 MW Two Creeks solar facility with Wisconsin Public Service (WPS). MGE owns 50 MW; WPS owns 100 MW. Two Creeks Solar has 500,000 solar panels on 800 acres in Manitowoc County.
“We are excited that Two Creeks Solar is now producing affordable, carbon-free energy for all of our customers,” said Jeff Keebler, chairman, president and CEO of MGE. “The increased use of renewable resources is a key strategy to achieve our goal of zero carbon electricity by 2050. The completion of Two Creeks Solar is an important step in our ongoing transition to decarbonization. “
NextEra Energy Resources LLC designed and built Two Creeks Solar in partnership with MGE and WPS. Construction began in August 2019. Many of the facility’s components, including half a million panels, were installed in the spring and summer. Two Creeks is located in the town of Two Creeks and the town of Two Rivers.
MGE will also own 100 MW of the 300 MW Badger Hollow Solar Farm in Iowa County, Wisconsin, approximately 12 miles west of Dodgeville. Construction work in Phase I of the project will continue. It is expected online in spring 2021.
In line with the latest climate science, MGE is aiming for net zero CO2 electricity by 2050. The company continues to work towards a carbon reduction of at least 40% by 2030, as announced in 2015 and in line with the Paris Agreement. In order to achieve its goals of reducing CO2 emissions, MGE is increasingly relying on renewable energies, engaging customers for energy efficiency and facilitating the electrification of transport. All of these are key strategies set by the US for deep decarbonization.
Click here to learn more about MGE’s CO2 reduction targets.
Photo: The Two Creeks solar system