Consumers Energy announces solar projects in Parma, Marshall and Ann Arbor

(November 18, 2021 16:43) Consumers Energy announced agreements to add nearly 400 megawatts of clean energy – enough to power nearly 190,000 homes – from three solar projects in Michigan, south-central Michigan.

The solar developments are part of the company’s Clean Energy Plan to dramatically increase renewables, eliminate coal as a fuel for electricity by 2025, and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

“Increasing clean energy for our customers demonstrates our commitment to be a clean energy change force that benefits the people of Michigan and protects our planet,” said Dennis Dobbs, vice president of enterprise project management and environmental services for Consumers Energy. “Our partners in these projects help us to change the energy landscape and create a cleaner energy future for future generations.”

Under the agreements, which must be approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, Consumers Energy would own and operate one facility while buying electricity from the other two.

The new solar projects slated to go online in 2023 include:

  • The Washtenaw Solar Energy Project, a 150 megawatt project under development to be built by Invenergy before transferring ownership to Consumers Energy, who will operate the facility near Ann Arbor.
  • Jackson Solar, a National Grid Renewables-developed project that would see Consumers Energy drawing 125 MW of power from the facility for 20 years, is slated for Jackson County near Consumer Energy headquarters. National Grid Renewables says their Jackson Solar project will be located in central northern Parma Township.
  • Cereal City Solar, a 100 MW project developed by NextEra. Consumers Energy would buy electricity from the facility planned in Calhoun County near Marshall for 25 years.

As part of its Clean Energy Plan, Consumers Energy has proposed adding 8,000 megawatts of power plant-scale solar power by 2040, of which 1,100 MW by 2024. The company uses a competitive tendering process to maximize customer value. In addition to its environmental benefits, solar power is becoming increasingly competitive and Consumers Energy can gradually add it to meet Michigan’s changing energy needs without building a large new fossil fuel power plant.

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