MGE declares plans to buy solar and storage from Paris Solar-Battery Park
Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), in partnership with We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), a subsidiary of the WEC Energy Group, is seeking approval from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSCW) to purchase 20 megawatts of solar energy and 11 megawatts of battery storage from the 200-megawatt Paris Solar-Battery Park.
“Investing in solar energy and battery storage in the Parisian solar battery park gives MGE the opportunity to continue investing in low-cost clean energy and new technology to reliably serve all of our customers as we work to meet our aggressive CO2 reduction goals,” said Jeff Keebler , MGE Chairman, President and CEO. “This project is another step towards reducing CO2 emissions by at least 65% by 2030 and our goal of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. We said that since we launched our clean energy and carbon reduction goals, we will move faster. ”
The Parisian solar battery park will help MGE meet future energy and capacity needs cost-effectively as the company continues its ongoing transition from coal power with the planned shutdown of the Columbia Energy Center in Portage by the end of 2024. The Parisian solar battery park’s share will become supply around 6,000 households.
Invenergy received PSCW approval in December 2020 to build the project in the city of Paris, Kenosha County, Wisconsin. Invenergy suggested installing a battery storage system on site as well.
Upon completion of the 1,500 hectare project, up to 750,000 solar modules are expected to be installed. We Energies and WPS will own the remaining 180 megawatts of power and 99 megawatts of battery storage from the project. If approved, construction is expected to begin in 2022 and customers to be served in 2023.