MGE, WEC Energy Purchase Additional Solar, Battery Storage in Wisconsin

Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), in collaboration with We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service(WPS), subsidiaries of WEC Energy Group received approval from Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission to purchase solar energy and storage from Paris Solar Battery Park. MGE will now own 20 MW in solar energy and 11MW in battery storage from the 110 MW and 200 MW solar storage facilities in Kenosha County.

“We are working every day toward deep carbon reductions and net-zero carbon electricity by 2050,” says Jeff Keebler, MGE’s chairman, president and CEO. “The Paris Solar-Battery Park continues the progress we’ve already made increasing renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions and advancing new technologies to benefit all our customers. MGE’s first addition of utility-scale battery storage is a new and important technology to help us reach our sustainable energy goals.”

The Paris Solar-Battery Park is located on approximately 1,500 acres in the Town of Paris, Kenosha County. It will have up to 750,000 solar panel.

We Energies and WPS will be the owners of the remaining 180 MW solar output and 99MW of battery storage. Construction is expected this year and the project will be ready to serve customers in spring 2023. Invenergy LLC will build the Paris Solar-Battery Park.

MGE has a goal of reducing carbon emissions by at most 80% by 2030. This is consistent to global climate science to limit global warming. MGE is continuing to shift its energy supply to cleaner sources with the addition of nearly 400MW of wind, solar, and battery storage between 2015-2024.

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