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jobs center solar roof

The green shaded area is on the roof of the Dane County Jobs Center, where 640 solar panels will be installed.

Dane County Executive Office

A solar panel installation coming soon to the Dane County Jobs Center building on the North Side comes on the heels of plans for a huge solar installation at the airport, the latest in a series of sun power plants providing energy at county  facilities.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced on Tuesday that 640 solar panels will be installed on the roof of the Jobs Center building on Aberg Avenue, with the electricity generated by the panels providing about 25 percent of the building's annual electricity needs.

The $568,000 project was included in the 2017 county budget. A contract for the job with Full Spectrum Solar of Madison will be introduced at Thursday's County Board meeting.

"Dane County is leading the way on clean energy," Parisi said. "This is yet another solar installation that will save taxpayers money, address climate change and keep jobs right here in Dane County."

Once the contract is approved in the next few weeks, work will start on the project and should be completed in summer.

Dane County should save about $18,000 a year in utility costs with the Jobs Center installation.

The project was part of a $2 million solar plan in the 2017 budget, which included solar installations at the Alliant Energy Center and the Agriculture and Conservation building.

The 640-panel installation will be the second biggest municipal solar site in the county, only behind the 800-panel solar installation at the East District highway garage, the largest municipally-owned solar project in the state.

A huge solar installation for the Dane County Regional Airport was announced on March 5, with the project encompassing 41 acres of airport land north of the facility.

Proposal requests went out a week ago, so there are no timelines or details yet, but the installation is expected to generate 8 megawatts of electricity for the airport.


Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.