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Largest solar array in Dane Co. is now operational

O'Brien Solar Field in Fitchburg is now operational, MGE announced Wednesday.
O'Brien Solar Field in Fitchburg is now operational, MGE announced Wednesday.(Madison Gas & Electric)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:19 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The largest solar array project in Dane County is officially operational Wednesday, Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) announced.

The 20-megawatt solar array in Fitchburg, known as O’Brien Solar Fields, is now providing clean energy to area businesses, cities and public institutions.

MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler thanked the company’s partners and said he was excited to be able to provide this electricity to customers.

“The O’Brien Solar Fields project serves as a great example of how, by working together, we can advance shared energy goals, including MGE’s goal of net-zero carbon electricity for all our customers by 2050,” said Keebler.

The array covers about 160 acres with 60,000 solar panels featured to track the sun throughout the day.

MGE added that it is working on putting pollinator plants underneath certain panels to increase the pollinator habitat for species such as monarch butterflies and honeybees.

MGE is working with seven partners on the project, including University of Wisconsin- Madison, the Willy Street Co-op and the City of Fitchburg.

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