UW-Madison Kegonsa Research Campus Solar

About the project

The University of Wisconsin–Madison and Alliant Energy will partner on a solar and agricultural research project on university-owned land just west of Lake Kegonsa. UW-Madison Kegonsa Research Campus Solar will raise awareness about opportunities to co-locate renewable energy and agricultural activities.

Fast facts

  • Developer: SunVest
  • Size: 2.25 MW
  • Panels: 5,300 

Why solar?

UW-Madison Kegonsa Research Campus Solar will create a living laboratory for students and faculty to study soil, water, plant and animal interactions with a solar array integrated with agricultural land.

Beyond the production of renewable energy, Alliant Energy and UW-Madison are exploring future opportunities to advance this solar and agricultural research project for education, demonstration and training purposes.

The solar project will be on a 15-acre site at the UW-Madison Kegonsa Research Campus. The campus is home to the Physical Sciences Lab, a research and development lab that provides a range of services, including the design, fabrication and calibration of scientific instrumentation for research projects of every scale and complexity.

Clean energy, including solar, has become increasingly cost effective. Solar creates energy that customers will enjoy for many years, with no added fuel costs and low operation and maintenance costs. With this solar project, UW-Madison turns unused space at the UW-Madison Kegonsa Research Campus into income and showcases its commitment to sustainability.

Partnering with customers to develop solar projects is just another way we keep our customers at the heart of everything we do. For more information, visit poweringwhatsnext.alliantenergy.com.

Clean Energy Blueprint

The UW-Madison Kegonsa Research Campus Solar project is part of our Clean Energy Blueprint, a strategic roadmap to cost-effectively accelerate renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions. Alliant Energy’s sustainability goals include eliminating all coal from our generation fleet by 2040 and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity we generate by 2050.

Alliant Energy works tirelessly to modernize its utility grid for the benefit of future generations of customers across Wisconsin and Iowa. We build smarter energy infrastructure to deliver cleaner, more reliable and resilient energy to all customers, and maintain affordable rates. A smarter grid means customers get more control, choices and flexibility.