State’s Largest Rooftop Solar Energy
Installation Goes Online
Gov. Evers declares ‘Madison
College Solar Energy Day’
|Madison College Board Members Elton Crim (l-r), Ananda Mirilli
and Frances Huntley-Cooper look on as Lieutenent Governor
Mandela Barnes cuts the ribbon with Madison College CEO Dr.
Jack Daniels III and MG&E CEO Jeff Keebler look on.
The solar array 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 percent of the building’s energy demand for up to three hours. It will save the campus more than $200,000 per year.
“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,” said Keebler.
MADISON, Wis. – Madison College marked the completion of Wisconsin’s
largest rooftop solar energy installation today in a ceremony attended by Lt.
Gov. Mandela Barnes, Madison Gas and Electric Co. Chairman, President and
CEO Jeff Keebler, renewable energy industry representatives and local
In the gubernatorial proclamation read by Barnes, Gov. Tony Evers declared
Jan. 16 “Madison College Solar Energy Day.”
“Today, Madison College affirms our long-standing commitment to preserving
our natural resources ,applying innovative thinking to meet employer demand
for workers in an ever-growing industry and harnessing a renewable source of
energy for the good of the whole and the benefit of future generations,” said Dr.
Jack E. Daniels, III, president of Madison College.
MGE provided a $500,000 grant toward building the 1,400-kW solar
photovoltaic system. Madison College covered the remaining $2.5 million cost
from capital budget funds.
The installation will save energy and reduce airborne emissions for local
residents. In addition to cost savings, the PV system will provide a hands-on
laboratory for Madison College students studying renewable energy and
related fields such as Architecture, Electrical Engineering, Industrial
Maintenance and Construction and Apprenticeship programs.
The installation includes monitoring technology to provide output data for
analysis by students and the public.
For more information about the Renewable Energy program at Madison