Madison College in Wisconsin has announced the completion of a 1.4 MW rooftop solar system.
On Jan. 16, the college held a ceremony to mark the completion alongside Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes; Madison Gas and Electric Co.’s chairman, president and CEO, Jeff Keebler; other renewable energy industry representatives; and local dignitaries. In a gubernatorial proclamation read by Barnes, Gov. Tony Evers declared Jan. 16 “Madison College Solar Energy Day.”
Developed by Madison, Wis.-based SunVest Solar Inc., the project contains 5,700 solar panels and covers 125,000 square feet of the roof of the Truax Campus’ main building. On sunny days, the system will produce 100% of the building’s energy demand for up to three hours. It is expected to save the campus more than $200,000 per year.
In addition to cost-savings, the PV system will provide a hands-on laboratory for Madison College students. The installation includes monitoring technology to provide output data for analysis by students and the public.
“This array will not only serve the college with clean power, but it will serve as a valuable educational tool for scores of students who will be able to interact with the system on-site, and that is incredibly exciting,” says Keebler.
MGE provided a $500,000 grant toward building the system. Madison College covered the remaining $2.5 million cost from capital budget funds. According to Madison College, the project represents Wisconsin’s largest rooftop solar installation.