As interest in clean energy increases, many local governments, school districts, technical colleges and large corporations want to get power from large-scale renewable energy plants located nearby, but don’t have the means to access them.

A first-of-its-kind agreement in Wisconsin between Madison Gas & Electric, the city of Middleton and the Middleton-Cross Plains School District — which was approved Thursday by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission — will allow for just that.

The PSC unanimously approved the partnership on a 17,000-panel solar project that is set to be built on a field next to Middleton Municipal Airport.

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