UW–Madison Kegonsa Research Campus Solar

UW–Madison is working with Alliant Energy to plan a small-scale solar and agrivoltaics project at the UW-Kegonsa Research Campus near Stoughton, WI. The project would be located in an interior section of the campus to help retain the rural character of the area and feature a layout to facilitate agricultural research and education. The project would generate enough clean energy to power more than 450 homes.

Digital rendering of an overhead view of farmland with a solar array toward the top.
Rendering of proposed solar array. Source: Ayres Associates draft Environmental Impact Assessment.

Proposed Project Schedule

  • Winter/Spring 2022: Community engagement, Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA)
  • Summer/Fall 2022: Design, permitting, and reviews
  • Winter 2022/2023: Design development
  • Summer 2023: Anticipated start of construction
  • Winter/Spring 2024: Anticipated completion


Public Information Meetings

Past meetings (2022)

Environmental Impact Assessment

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was performed by Ayres Associates. More information on the EIA is available here.

In the News

“Wisconsin Researchers Are Looking at Ways Solar and Agriculture Could Coexist on the Same Land.” Joe Schulz, Wisconsin Public Radio, 5 May 2023

Questions and Comments

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