In 2017 Dane County set a goal to get 100% of the electricity for its internal operations from renewable sources by 2025. In 2023 the County annouced that it had achieved that goal, with Dane County becaming the first county government in Wisconsin to have 100% renewable offset electricity for its operations.
Dane County aims to cut countywide emissions in half by 2030. As part of that effort, we aim to meet at least one-third of countywide electric needs with renewable electricity by 2030.
Dane County aims to become a SolSmart-designated community by implementing best practices to make it easier for residents and businesses to install and access solar energy. SolSmart is a national program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that has helped hundreds of local governments become “open for solar business.” Learn more about the program here.
Dane County government, local governments, local businesses, and residents have made investments in cost-effective job-creating clean energy and land conservation projects. You can learn more about these projects on our clean energy map.
Dane County is committed to exceptional customer service related to the solar process. To promote the continued advancement of solar in our community, we are committed to these overarching goals:
To successfully complete the goals, the County will promote both large- and small-scale solar projects by:
As a division within the County Executive's Office, the Office uses its Climate Action Plan as a guide to lead public and private efforts across the community to implement strategies that address climate change. In addition to the various actions identified in the links above, you are part of these efforts when you:
Acting on climate change is our opportunity to create a better tomorrow for Dane County. So let's do this!
On April 18, 2023, County Executive Joe Parisi joined Alliant Energy and SunVest Solar to celebrate the newly constructed 17-megawatt (MW) solar project site.
A 9-megawatt (MW) solar project completed by Madison Gas and Electric at Dane County Regional Airport produced more than 15 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.