Investing in local renewable energy reflects our commitment to supporting our community as we seek to become a more sustainable institution.Dr. Missy Nergard, Director of Sustainability
UW–Madison was a key partner in supporting the development of the O'Brien Solar Fields, which provides 20 megawatts of renewable electricity to the local community. The project is a collaborative partnership between the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a range of businesses and agencies that joined forces under the aegis of Madison Gas and Electric’s Renewable Energy Rider.
The Gordon Dining & Event Center features a solar array on its roof that is projected to produce 42,800 kWh of electricity a year, or the energy use of five typical Wisconsin homes. All electricity produced by the panels will directly power the building. The project was supported by the UW–Madison Green Fund and constructed by Madison-based company SunPeak.
UW–Madison is in early planning stages to investigate the feasibility of developing a small-scale solar and agrivoltaics project at the UW-Kegonsa Research Campus near Stoughton, WI. The proposed 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 proposed project would generate enough clean energy to power more than 450 homes.