The City, along with its utility provider Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) and the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District, broke ground in October on a 5-megawatt solar array project at Middleton’s Airport that will supply solar power over a 30-year period to the City, the school district, and utility customers who chose to take part in MGE’s Shared Solar Program.
The City and the school district became the first customers in the state to receive solar power through a novel Renewable Energy Rider service structure with their utility. This 5-megawatt solar array will be located on 21 acres of land at the Middleton Municipal Airport (Morey Field) at 8300 Airport Road. The project is ten times larger than the existing Shared Solar project at the Middleton Municipal Operations Center at 4300 Parmenter Street.
Of the 5 megawatts, 10% will be dedicated to the City’s operations and 20% will be dedicated to the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District. The remaining 70% will be available to residents and businesses in the utility’s service area through MGE’s Shared Solar program.
In 2018, the Middleton Common Council unanimously passed Resolution 2018-32, as recommended by the City’s Sustainability Committee, to Address Global Warming Through Clean Energy (100% Renewable Energy Goals). The Resolution establishes goals to meet 25% of all City operations’ electricity needs with renewable energy by 2025, 80% by 2030, and 100% by 2035. Once this new solar array is energized, along with anticipated installations of three new city-owned solar arrays in 2020, the City will be at 50% of its goal for 100% renewable energy for all electricity needs, well ahead of schedule.
The City, MGE, and Middleton Cross Plains Area School District shared the Pioneers of the Year Award from RENEW Wisconsin on January 16th for this innovative joint project.