MGE appears to be like to buy power and storage from the Darien Solar Vitality Middle


Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) is working with We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service to seek approval from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSCW) to purchase solar energy and battery storage from the Darien Solar Energy Center. If approved, MGE will own 25 megawatts of solar power and 7.5 megawatts of battery storage from the 250 megawatt solar farm to be built in the city of Bradford, Rock County and the city of Darien, Walworth County.

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“The Darien Solar Energy Center is another step in MGE’s ongoing transition to making greater use of cleaner energy sources and reducing CO2 emissions by at least 65% by 2030 and our goal of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 said Jeff Keebler, Chairman and President of MGE and CEO. “By continuing to invest in low-cost, clean energy and battery storage technology, we can continue to serve our customers reliably as we work together to meet our carbon emissions reduction goals. We have been saying since we launched our clean energy and carbon reduction goals – if we can go further faster, we will. “

The Darien Solar Energy Center will help MGE meet future energy and capacity needs at low cost. With the planned shutdown of the Columbia Energy Center in Portage by the end of 2024, the company is continuing its ongoing transition from coal power. The project, if approved, is part of more than 230 megawatts of new solar capacity announced since MGE launched its Energy 2030 framework for a more sustainable future in November 2015.

Invenergy LLC submitted an application to PSCW to develop and build the project in July 2020. The 2,000 hectare project is expected to include up to 850,000 solar panels. We Energies and WPS will own the remaining 225 megawatts of power and 67.5 megawatts of battery storage from the project.

Construction work on the Darien Solar Energy Center is expected to begin in late 2021 and, if approved, customer support will begin by the end of 2023. MGE’s share in the Darien Solar Energy Center will supply around 7,500 households.

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