Solar Celebration

Celebrate the sun

What happens when 250 households join up to build a solar installation?  Watch the celebration and find out!

And congrats to Ben K. — he won a TaoTronics LED desk lamp for his great comment.




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  1. Sandra J. Brewer said:

    I am so glad we are using solar energy. I hope more solar projects are started and more people have the opportunity to use solar energy.

    Keep up the good work MG&E!

    at 2:14 pm on March 23, 2017
  2. phillip sisto vallejos said:

    i’m so glad i’m one of the people that are in this shared solar project i hope to benifit from this experience thank you MG&E for letting me be a part of it

    at 2:26 pm on March 23, 2017
  3. Don Wichert said:

    Good project and show. I agree most with the one customer comment,”we should be doing more of these”, especially with a queue of customers who wanted to subscribe, but we’re unable to because this project sold out. With the price of solar going down, the next project could be even less expensive for subscribers.

    at 2:30 pm on March 23, 2017
  4. Maddy said:

    Doing the right thing is not always easy but it is always right.

    at 2:34 pm on March 23, 2017
  5. Patty Keegan said:

    I’m thrilled to be able to participate in this energy saving program !

    at 2:43 pm on March 23, 2017
  6. Pat Eddings said:

    I am excited to hear about this Solar energy project. And I am hoping that more and more people use Solar energy in the future. .

    at 2:45 pm on March 23, 2017
  7. Steve Voss said:

    What a great idea! I wish they would have a program like this in Sauk City!

    at 2:58 pm on March 23, 2017
  8. Jay Schaefgen said:

    Very cool idea, more communities around Wisconsin and the country should consider this type of opportunity.

    at 3:01 pm on March 23, 2017
  9. Val Schend said:

    I can’t wait for this to expand and become the standard rather than a novelty.

    at 4:08 pm on March 23, 2017
  10. Peggy Hatfield said:

    Great model partnership. Hopefully more renewable projects in the future!!

    at 4:08 pm on March 23, 2017
  11. Kaye Ketterer said:

    Good video. I like the project was a collaboration and that the project started small and manageable. It feels good to do the right thing for our earth!
    Thank you!

    at 4:16 pm on March 23, 2017
  12. RJ13 said:

    What’s the initial cost of installing the panels on the municipal building, and the annual upkeep/replace damage panels cost? Also, Any idea if the solar shingles for homes has made more progress for our climate? I read about that 10 years ago, but haven’t heard much since?

    at 5:30 pm on March 23, 2017
  13. Julie Fitzpatrick said:

    What a simple way to get started investing in solar! It’s time I started looking into whether this would be a good fit for our family.

    at 6:02 pm on March 23, 2017
  14. Robert Cambray said:

    What an awesome project. I look forward to the next one and hope to be able to participate. I am currently in green power tomorrow getting 100% wind. I drive s plug in electric vehicle and feel really good about powering my vehicle with renewable energy! I hope we can combine these sources to power more and more of Madison. This project makes such great sense. We need more of this kind of visionary leadership!

    at 9:33 pm on March 23, 2017
  15. john said:

    Based on the weather history how much sun does the panels get when you factor in the the day light hours, clouds and snow covering the panels? what is the pay back?

    at 10:06 pm on March 23, 2017
  16. Kathy Engebretsen said:

    I knew nothing about this program. For those homeowners who can’t go solar alone, it’s a perfect solution and clearly, with a waiting list, it’s a great example for other communities.

    at 7:28 am on March 24, 2017
  17. Larry Werner said:

    This should be happening all over the country and the world. More pipelines won’t save us.

    at 7:48 am on March 24, 2017
  18. Karen Cooper said:

    I am happy to see people excited about shared solar. I am interested in solar power. After seeing the video, it makes me more interested. I will pursue more information on this project. I am glad this project has come to the Madison are.

    at 10:53 am on March 24, 2017
  19. Rose Sime said:

    As a resident of Middleton, I’m so proud that we are a model for the rest of the state in our collaboration with MG&E to bring solar energy into so many homes!

    at 4:40 pm on March 24, 2017
  20. Michael Bryant said:

    Great story, great project, with great results. When is An installation like this coming to Fitchburg?

    at 8:16 pm on March 24, 2017
  21. Denise McCulley said:

    This is such an exciting opportunity. I am disappointed in myself that I didn’t learn about this earlier so that we could have been in on the first wave. But I will definitely sign up for the wait list to be on future projects or opportunities.

    at 10:59 am on March 25, 2017
  22. Celeste L. Robins said:

    I’d like to see Madison do more of this sort of thing. How about the city doing solar on the roof of Warner Park Community Center and other city facilities? How about any new city structures requiring roof top solar panels if they are oriented in such a way that this is feasible? What about ways to encourage corporations to put in solar on their facilities/campuses?

    at 11:11 am on March 25, 2017
  23. Julie Martinson said:

    Glad I watched. I thought this project was only for Middleton residents. I think we are partial renewable plan customers but will look into what we are signed up for. I have thought of looking into solar for our house too and liked the thought of getting it without having to get the panels myself – like others said in the video. Thank you for the information.

    at 11:14 am on March 25, 2017
  24. Sarah said:

    How do I get involved in a project like this?

    at 8:00 am on March 26, 2017
  25. Katherine Kvale said:

    Excellent project. How can other communities also become a part of this project? Why aren’t there more initiatives such as this for local governments to take the burden off of homeowners who may not have the up front resources to invest in panels and/or take down trees that provide shade and are also important to our environment?

    at 6:20 pm on March 26, 2017
  26. Matthew DeMars said:

    Excellent project and I hope these community project installations start popping up like mushrooms!

    at 8:42 pm on March 26, 2017
  27. James Monroe said:

    I’m happy to be a part of it. (And glad they use my good sound bites, and left out the ramblings.) 🙂

    at 10:34 am on March 27, 2017
  28. Jane said:

    I just returned from Big Bend NP where solar panels are being used to power spotlights in a new fossil museum. It s lovely to see renewable energy sources in use anywhere.

    at 3:35 pm on March 27, 2017
  29. Sharifa Merchant said:

    It feels great to participate in a solar energy project with almost no effort on my part! I sincerely hope there will be more such projects and many more will sign up. Thanks, MG&E for taking the initiative.

    at 5:56 pm on March 27, 2017
  30. Ryan and Kara O'Connor said:

    So glad to be part of this Shared Solar initiative! Hope we can see many more of these around the community in the coming years!

    at 8:58 pm on March 27, 2017
  31. Carol Jean Krause said:

    I love these videos of how we are using the sun for our solar energy!
    So exciting!
    I do not own a house or condo, but if I did, I would liked to sign up for the shared solar energy partnership.

    at 12:47 am on March 28, 2017
  32. Ben K. said:

    As a Madison resident and recent MG&E customer, I am excited for this investment in solar. Having a forward looking utility company is good not only for its customers but for the environment! Glad to see the progress they have achieved so far.

    at 1:14 pm on March 28, 2017
  33. John Rider said:

    Shared solar is a win-win for the whole community. I hope that MGE finds many more locations to add more projects like this.

    at 2:39 pm on March 28, 2017
  34. Cathleen Swee said:

    I was glad to hear about this project and want to look into it more. I did not know about it and thought that the video was very educational and informative.

    at 10:38 am on March 30, 2017

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