The Calhoun Solar Center in Convis Township will soon be one of the largest single projects providing solar energy to people in Michigan.
Consumers Energy will buy 140 megawatts of energy from the Convis Township solar center, which is enough to power about 70,000 residential customers.
The project is being developed and built by Invenergy, a Chicago-based developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions.
“We are proud to team with Invenergy as we continue to create a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for Michigan,” Tim Sparks, vice president of electric grid integration at Consumers Energy said in a news release. “We are committed to protecting the planet while providing the energy our homes and businesses need for decades to come.”
The 1,200-acre solar energy center is currently in development on land east of 12 Mile Road, west of 15 Mile Road and between S Drive North and L Drive North. Once it’s completed, the facility will produce 200 megawatts of energy.
The project, which was approved by Convis Township in 2019, is expected to be complete by 2022. Fieldwork has started at the site to prepare for construction, according to Invenergy.
“Great progress is being made by Consumers Energy to foster sustainable communities in Michigan, and Invenergy is pleased to support this commitment by providing clean, reliable energy from our Calhoun Solar Center,” Mick Baird, senior vice president, renewable development at Invenergy said in a press release.
Under the proposed agreement, Consumers Energy would purchase 140 megawatts from the Calhoun Solar Center for 25 years, but it still needs to be approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission.
Earlier this year, Consumers Energy announced that eight energy sites in Genesee and Saginaw Counties came online to provide solar energy for customers. Combined, those solar farms produce 16 megawatts of power, according to Consumers Energy.
Solar energy is an important part of Consumers Energy’s plan to eliminate coal and boost renewable energy to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. The company plans to add about 1,100 megawatts of solar power through the year 2024.
Consumers Energy is the largest provider of natural gas and electricity in Michigan, providing service to 6.7 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents.
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