Solar Energy

cross-plains electric pole (jpeg)SolSmart

The Village of Cross Plains is seeking a SolSmart Community Designation. Local governments have tremendous influence over the prospects for solar energy growth. Unnecessary paperwork, red tape, and other burdensome requirements increase costs and discourage solar companies from moving to the area. By streamlining these requirements and taking other steps to encourage solar development, communities become “open for solar business.” And since the solar industry is a leading source of American job creation, attracting solar investment in our community is a great way to promote economic development and new jobs. 

Solar Zoning Code Amendment

One of the first obstacle of becoming a sustainable community identified by the Village Board and confirmed by Sustainability Committee was the long drawn out process to build a small solar energy system for private use. These types of systems are usually roof-mounted systems for private residents which are specified and constructed for the limited use of the residence or structure on the property. 

Group Solar Energy Options

Western Dane County Coop

This program is presented by Legacy Solar Co-op, a member-owned cooperative whose mission is to grow solar in Wisconsin. If you would like more information about the Group Buy, please contact LSC at You can learn more about LSC at

MG&E Shared Solar Program

Shared Solar offers eligible customers the opportunity to lower their environmental impact and carbon footprint – helping us create a more sustainable energy future. MGE is expanding the program with a new 5-megawatt (MW) solar array, which came online in early August 2020. Check out construction of the solar array at MGE 2050 - Home (