Shared Solar: Big Picture

Sharing power from the sun

Local families wanted to invest in solar energy, but rooftop panels just didn’t make sense for their homes. Now they’re about to get power from the sun, thanks to our new shared solar project.

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  1. Alex M said:

    Great to see solar energy projects becoming increasingly more popular in Madison! Keep up the good work.

    at 2:05 pm on November 17, 2016
  2. Marcus Cohen M.D. said:

    We have supported the MGE wind power project from it’s inception and would be interested in doing the same for the solar project. Great idea for a project at scale.

    at 2:08 pm on November 17, 2016
  3. Val Schend said:

    Are you considering asking local businesses to participate.
    In my neighborhood, we have Home Depot, SubZero and Pacific Cycle.
    That would be great.
    Thank

    at 2:09 pm on November 17, 2016
  4. c welda said:

    Looks very good. Are there any opportunities for geothermal?

    at 2:10 pm on November 17, 2016
  5. Eric Carlson said:

    Excellent program! We have either already signed up or will be doing so soon.

    at 2:19 pm on November 17, 2016
  6. Sharon Abraham said:

    How can a home owner find out more information regarding the cost of signing up for shared solar. It sounds like a great idea to me but I will need some data to sell the idea to my husband.

    at 2:28 pm on November 17, 2016
  7. Jackson said:

    Interesting idea, looked into the project before it filled. I’d ultimately be more interested in a community owned and utility maintained shared solar array. So that my investment would be an investment that I had an ownership stake in. Will definitely keep an eye out for future opportunities though, there is definitely a market in Madison for this sort of thing.

    at 2:33 pm on November 17, 2016
  8. Shel said:

    Way to go MGE! Another great program.

    at 3:04 pm on November 17, 2016
  9. Susan C Swartling said:

    Good movie. Makes me glad I participated.

    at 3:08 pm on November 17, 2016
  10. Paulette Siebers said:

    We love the shared solar project! Signed up and waiting for the panels to begin working for our community. Thanks, MG & E

    at 3:31 pm on November 17, 2016
  11. Stacey Schaefer said:

    I’m also a Madison resident who has looked into solar but found out it may not work due to trees. This sounds great, and anyone who is interested enough to watch the video is probably very positive about it overall, but how about a few more specific details? Less promo, more info!

    at 3:36 pm on November 17, 2016
  12. Hannu Andersson said:

    How about covering the giant parking lot at west town mall with solar panels on some sort of raised structure, so cars can be parked in their shade summertime?

    Otherwise shared solar is a good idea. My wife and a will have a talk about it and probably join.

    at 3:48 pm on November 17, 2016
  13. Amy said:

    It is not clear to me if this will raise or lower one’s monthly electric bill.

    at 5:42 pm on November 17, 2016
  14. Khiang S. said:

    Excellent idea and makes more sense than individual homes having their own systems. This was the panels can be more efficient at producing solar energy. I’m in.

    at 6:39 pm on November 17, 2016
  15. Renee Lajcak said:

    Shared solar sounds like a great idea. I related to the guy with the mature trees he didn’t want to cut or prune back since we have the same situation. And trees are a great way to reduce use of the AC. I hope shared solar is an option for me in the near future.

    at 7:04 pm on November 17, 2016
  16. S. Palmer said:

    I’m very interested in participating in Shared Solar and am sorry that there’s a waiting list. But it’s good to see that there’s so much enthusiasm for it in Madison. Please keep expanding this technology so we can help save this precious planet we all call home.

    at 7:20 pm on November 17, 2016
  17. Duane U said:

    We are participating. I would be very interested in understanding how the terms were arrived at. What is the basis for the fee that I paid upfront ? How was the price per kilowatt from the array determined ? How as the lenght of time during which the kilowatt price is frozen determined ? Based on your data what is the return on investment for the average participant ? I would have joined regardless of the economics but I would be insightful to know more.

    at 7:33 pm on November 17, 2016
  18. David Peterson said:

    Seems like a good option for many. I would like to see some cost comparisons. I have been a wind power subscriber for many years.

    at 7:47 pm on November 17, 2016
  19. Pam A said:

    I’ve already signed up for this program, as I did for the wind power program when it was introduced. It is one step more away from fossil fuel use, I hope.

    at 8:14 pm on November 17, 2016
  20. Julie Fitzpatrick said:

    It’s great to see MG&E responding to public concerns and needs. Solar is a sustainable direction for growth.

    at 8:51 pm on November 17, 2016
  21. Jane Greischar said:

    I love that MGE is moving into more forms of renewable energy. I will be checking into signing up for shared solar.

    at 9:20 pm on November 17, 2016
  22. Marilyn Feil said:

    I hope that MGE keeps expanding its shared solar.

    at 9:58 pm on November 17, 2016
  23. Joanne M. said:

    Looks interesting. I have big trees in my yard and don’t want to lose them, especially after spending money to save my large ash tree.

    at 10:44 pm on November 17, 2016
  24. Bob said:

    Help us become more mindful and efficient and save the planet Earth and keep our Sun Rising

    at 10:56 pm on November 17, 2016
  25. Cam Hubanks said:

    Thanks to the kind folks in Middleton for the great location. Looks like a great project!

    at 11:15 pm on November 17, 2016
  26. Helena Tsotsis said:

    This is excellent! As one of the folks said, it’s good to have a diverse portfolio of energy, and this is one that is environmentally friendly. Good job, MGE!

    at 6:47 am on November 18, 2016
  27. Marjorie Ziegler said:

    Informative video.
    It made me smile.

    at 7:23 am on November 18, 2016
  28. Anita Allison said:

    A good way to take advantage of many buildings. Like the idea and have been interested in solar and how to work when trees are in the way.

    at 7:30 am on November 18, 2016
  29. Matthew Basler said:

    Super cool!! A shared Solar array is really an awesome idea. Because I’m also concerned about renewable energy.

    at 9:24 am on November 18, 2016
  30. Miguel B said:

    Looking forward to this happening. Glad I could get in on a share of it.

    at 11:12 am on November 18, 2016
  31. Becky Garcia said:

    Like others, we have participated in the MGE wind power program since its implementation here, and am curious to learn more about the costs of the shared solar power as compared to the cost of the wind power. We currently pay the equivalent of 100% wind power for our electricity use. I would love to know which is more cost effective and which is more sustainable.

    at 12:19 pm on November 18, 2016
  32. Maggie Becker said:

    What a great solution for those of us whose roofs are not ideal for panels!

    at 1:33 pm on November 18, 2016
  33. Maggie B said:

    What a great solution for those whose roofs are not ideal for panels!

    at 1:35 pm on November 18, 2016
  34. Nancy Hallada said:

    What a great way to use our resource, nice to have choice to have the solar panels on your own roof or join a share solar. I’m interested, where do I begin?

    at 1:43 pm on November 18, 2016
  35. Laura said:

    Nice. I’d consider participating in something like this.

    at 3:16 pm on November 18, 2016
  36. Jay Dreke said:

    Thank you for your efforts with “shared solar” installation and informing the community of such. Appreciate it! Keep up the good work!

    at 5:29 pm on November 18, 2016
  37. Claudia Benedict said:

    Great information. Thank you.

    at 6:40 pm on November 18, 2016
  38. Helen Kitchel said:

    This is fantastic!! we want more to eliminate the waiting list!!

    at 11:22 pm on November 18, 2016
  39. Jayne Mullins said:

    Hmm I posted first but it’s gone…I love solar and wish I could access it but can’t due to cost. I always envisioned my roof lined with panels but the ‘by proxy’ initiative is very cool

    at 1:05 am on November 19, 2016
  40. Holly Prince said:

    Love these videos. I think MG & E is doing great work! Thank you.

    at 7:49 am on November 19, 2016
  41. Reenie Euhardy said:

    nice video; I wish I could use small solar light for our shed but we have numerous big oak trees and no direct sun.

    at 2:12 pm on November 19, 2016
  42. Lee S said:

    I think this is a great idea, especially in a city like Madison where there are so many beautiful old trees. I wonder if businesses could also get involved by leasing their roof space?

    at 12:00 pm on November 20, 2016
  43. Rachel said:

    Great program thanks for making it a reality in our community MG&E!

    at 7:15 pm on November 20, 2016
  44. Bruce Rheineck said:

    I signed up for shared solar

    at 2:15 pm on November 21, 2016

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