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How big is Madison College’s new solar project?  With more than 5,700 panels, it’s the largest rooftop solar installation in Wisconsin! 

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  1. P.T. McMahon said:

    Terrific! Keep on moving; pleased to see this in our community.

    at 9:34 am on January 13, 2020
  2. Fei Xiao said:

    Can the public see daily solar generation via a website?

    at 3:36 pm on January 21, 2020
  3. Rong Xiao said:

    This is Amazing that MG&E can help with such a larger project. Way to go!

    at 3:39 pm on January 21, 2020
  4. Jane M said:

    This is great!

    at 3:41 pm on January 21, 2020
  5. Kelly Hilyard said:

    I’m so excited to see this momentum – for the environment and also for the workforce training opportunities that abound in the renewable energy industry. I hope to send some students your way from Middleton, WI.

    at 3:43 pm on January 21, 2020
  6. Janet Schowengerdt said:

    This is very cool, I had no idea they’ve got all those solar panels up there. One of the reasons I bought the house I did is because it came with panels. 🙂

    at 3:43 pm on January 21, 2020
  7. Cheryl said:

    Very inspirational, I would love a tour!

    at 3:49 pm on January 21, 2020
  8. Ellen Barnard said:

    Every building should be including solar panels for both electricity and hot water. We love how our panels our business installed have paid us back over time.

    at 4:11 pm on January 21, 2020
  9. Amy Wach said:

    Great way for interactive hands on training. Real time application how their future jobs can make a big impact and contribution to the environment. Awesome!

    at 4:21 pm on January 21, 2020
  10. James F Monroe said:

    Wow, that is fantastic!

    at 5:14 pm on January 21, 2020
  11. Cairns Rita said:

    Excellent work. It’s great to see MG&E be involved in green energy!

    at 6:01 pm on January 21, 2020
  12. Cairns Rita said:

    Go Green Energy!

    at 6:02 pm on January 21, 2020
  13. Carl L said:

    Congratulations Madison College! This is wonderful news to me.
    I’m glad that MG&E was supportive. I just wish Wisconsin did not use coal to produce most of our electricity.
    Hopefully we will hear more and more of these success stories.

    at 6:28 pm on January 21, 2020
  14. Richard Attix said:

    Awesome! I love seeing places like Madison College get out ahead and be an early adopter of this kind of technology at this scale. It’s what needs to happen everywhere and now folks can visit this installation to see it being done with style. Bravo Madison College!

    at 7:06 pm on January 21, 2020
  15. Kimberly Tanujaja-Smith said:

    Excellent! Yes, please. Let’s make Wisconsin a leader in renewables like it is for organic farms.

    at 8:18 pm on January 21, 2020
  16. Donna Magdalina said:

    This is absolutely thrilling! Thank you!

    at 8:31 pm on January 21, 2020
  17. TanyaD. said:

    What a great teaching and learning tool– I’d be interested in a tour some day!

    at 10:18 pm on January 21, 2020
  18. Ted Halsted said:

    This work is truly impressive. Congratulations to all involved. Thanks for moving things forward in the correct direction. Additionally, the video was well produced and directed. Very informational and engaging.

    at 10:18 pm on January 21, 2020
  19. Robert Cambray said:

    Nice to hear our local college is a leader in solar. Way to go Madison College!

    at 11:11 pm on January 21, 2020
  20. Douglas Otto said:

    I’m am happy about this project. What is the estimated annual power expected from this installation?

    at 11:42 pm on January 21, 2020
    • matt said:

      We have more than an estimate; in 2019 the solar panels at Madison College produced 1,570 MWh of electricity. To put that number in perspective, a megawatt-hour (MWh) is a unit of measure of electric energy; one MWh is 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh). An MWh is the amount of electricity generated by a one megawatt (MW) electric generator operating or producing electricity for one hour. On a customer’s electric bill, electricity usage is commonly reported in kilowatt-hours.

      at 2:57 pm on January 23, 2020
  21. Jolie Jacobus said:

    It is wonderful that Madison College has changed a lot to solar energy. Solar energy is a wonderful step in our world. I wish more people had access and could afford to bring solar energy to their own homes and that more states and communities came to rely on solar energy more than any other energy production!

    at 7:29 am on January 22, 2020
  22. Peggy Hatfield said:

    Great idea to use the solar arrays as a means for both environmental stewardship AND education of the next generation of solar technicians!

    at 8:07 am on January 22, 2020
  23. Kathleen Larson said:

    Encouraging and inspiring!
    Thank you!

    at 8:35 am on January 22, 2020
  24. Jeanne Marshall said:

    As a taxpayer and an MGE customer, I am really pleased to see this project and its future impact on students and opportunities to show off what is possible.

    at 9:05 am on January 22, 2020
  25. Sarah Dill said:

    Hands-on learning is so valuable for students! Giving the future workforce knowledge and experience in this important energy resource will improve the chances of consumers lessening their dependence on fossil fuels.

    at 9:57 am on January 22, 2020
  26. Ed Neumueller said:

    As a long time solar power proponent, I think this is very exciting and very essential for reducing the negative effects of burning fossil fuel.

    at 10:01 am on January 22, 2020
  27. Jane said:

    I had no idea such a huge installation was so close, and it has inspired me to want to do a tour to learn more, Clearly solar power has come a long way since our first home installation of a single panel to preheat hot water at our farm in Columbus in 1980. Not only has the cost dropped significantly but the available output has increased as well. The hands on opportunity for students at Madison College is a fantastic offering to inform, to benefit, and to promote alternative energy.,

    at 10:11 am on January 22, 2020
  28. Michael C Collins said:

    Planet Earth needs so much more solar technology.

    at 11:37 am on January 22, 2020
  29. Val S said:

    Thank you for continuing to inspire.

    at 12:41 pm on January 22, 2020
  30. Lee Sorensen said:

    ©reat tu see thus happening, and great to see that it is being used educationally.

    at 3:46 pm on January 22, 2020
  31. Ruth Bernick said:

    Awesome! Great use of roof top space!

    at 4:59 am on January 23, 2020
  32. Sean said:

    It’s the future of energy, among a few other green options we have. Happy to see orgs in my community take the lead 😀

    at 10:52 am on January 23, 2020
  33. Coletta Corwin said:

    I am so grateful that you are going with more solar energy production It is all an essential part of combating global warming/climate change which is so necessary for preserving our Earth planet.

    at 11:17 am on January 23, 2020
  34. Jonathan Beers said:

    Nice aerial video.

    at 10:38 pm on January 23, 2020
  35. Dan Bell said:

    Awesome to see the implementation and use of solar applications in and out of the classroom. What better way to keep the interests high with students and the community in renewables. Great work!

    at 7:49 am on January 25, 2020
  36. Barb Brown said:

    This is wonderful! I can’t wait to take a tour

    at 3:44 pm on January 30, 2020

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