We Energies and Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) have announced a new partnership to acquire the remaining 150 MW of the Badger Hollow Solar Farm. We Energies and MGE filed a joint application today with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. We Energies will own 100 MW and MGE will own an additional 50 MW of the 300-MW project. MGE already owns 50 MW of the project, and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, owns 100 MW.
“This is another significant step in our transition to a clean energy future,” said Kevin Fletcher, president and CEO of WEC Energy Group, the parent corporation of We Energies. “Along with the environmental benefits of solar energy, this purchase will lower costs to customers over the life of the project.”
“This addition of cost-effective solar energy will help MGE reach our goal of net-zero carbon electricity by the year 2050 while also helping us to manage long-term costs to our customers,” said Jeff Keebler, MGE chairman, president and CEO. “This is yet another step in our active transition toward greater use of cleaner energy sources to serve our community.”
If regulators approve this acquisition, this phase of the Badger Hollow Solar Farm would begin generating electricity in 2021.
Badger Hollow will be located in southwestern Wisconsin, in Iowa County, near the villages of Montfort and Cobb, about 12 miles west of Dodgeville. The 300-MW project is being developed by Chicago-based Invenergy, North America’s largest privately held renewable energy company.
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