Dane County, Wis., has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for partners to develop 41 acres of airport-owned land into a large-scale solar farm.
Over the next six weeks, companies can submit proposals to develop a solar project to offset energy use at the Dane County Regional Airport. The project will have the ability to generate approximately 8 MW of power, almost three times more than the largest solar project currently operating in the region, a 2.25 MW facility in Beloit.
“Dane County has been leading the state in generating cleaner, renewable, homegrown energy,” says Dane County Executive Parisi. “Given its role in sustaining and growing our local economy, we think the Dane County Regional Airport is a perfect fit for this bold project.”
The project will mark the third solar installation on the airport campus. The new facility will be 80 times larger than the other two existing projects at the airport. The Dane County East District Highway Garage that opened in 2016 has more than 800 solar panels and is the largest municipally owned solar project in the state, according to the county.
The new solar project is the latest in an across-the-board expansion of solar power for county government – initiated by Parisi’s 2017 budget. He also included over $2 million in the 2017 budget for solar generating capacity at the Alliant Energy Center, the Lyman F. Anderson Agriculture & Conservation Center, and the Dane County Job Center.
Before the project comes online, Dane County plans to secure the proper approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration.