MGE and Wisconsin Public Service to partner on two US solar projects

1 June 2018 (Last Updated June 1st, 2018 12:17)

Madison Gas and Electric, alongside WEC Energy Group subsidiary Wisconsin Public Service, has announced plans to enter a partnership to construct two major solar projects in Wisconsin, US.

Madison Gas and Electric, alongside WEC Energy Group subsidiary Wisconsin Public Service, has announced plans to enter a partnership to construct two major solar projects in Wisconsin, US.

MGE and WPS, along with project developers Invenergy and NextEra Energy Resources, have filed applications with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for the two projects, which have a combined capacity of 300MW.

The Badger Hollow Solar Farm and Two Creeks projects will be built at two different locations in Wisconsin.

WPS and MGE will own 100MW and 50MW, respectively, in Badger Hollow solar farm.

“These projects align with MGE’s short- and long-term carbon reduction goals. If approved, we look forward to the opportunity to grow cost-effective, clean energy.”

The farm is located in south-western Wisconsin, Iowa County, and will be developed by the North American renewable energy company Invenergy.

The Two Creeks solar project, located in the Town of Two Creeks and the City of Two Rivers in north-eastern Wisconsin will be developed by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. In this project, WPS will own 100MW, while MGE would own 50MW.

MGE president and CEO Jeff Keebler said: “This is another step forward as we move toward a more sustainable energy future and deep decarbonisation.

“These projects align with MGE’s short- and long-term carbon reduction goals. If approved, we look forward to the opportunity to grow cost-effective, clean energy to reliably serve our customers into the future.”

WPS CEO Gale Klappa said: “Investing in these solar projects is the first step in our overall plan to add solar capacity to our generation portfolio and save WPS customers more than $100m over the economic lives of the projects, as compared to projected prices in the power market.”