Consumers Energy proposes nearly 400 MW of new solar projects in Michigan

Consumers Energy announced agreements to add nearly 400 megawatts of clean energy from three Michigan solar projects in south-central Michigan. The solar developments are part of the company’s Clean Energy Plan to dramatically increase renewable energy, eliminate coal as a fuel source for electricity by 2025, and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

“Raising clean energy for our customers demonstrates our commitment to be a clean energy force of change that benefits the people of Michigan and protects our planet,” said Dennis Dobbs, Consumers Energy’s VP Enterprise Project Management and Environmental Services . “Our partners in these projects are helping us transform the energy landscape and create a cleaner energy future for generations to come.”

Under the agreements, which are pending approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission, Consumers Energy would own and operate one facility while buying the other two.

The new solar projects, due to come online in 2023, include:

  • The Washtenaw Solar Energy Project, a 150 MW project under development to be built by Invenergy before transferring ownership to Consumers Energy, which will operate the facility near Ann Arbor.
  • Jackson Solar, a project developed by National Grid Renewables, from which Consumers Energy would purchase 125 MW of electricity over 20 years from the facility, planned for Jackson County near Consumer Energy’s headquarters.
  • Cereal City Solar, a 100 MW project developed by NextEra. Consumers Energy would buy electricity for 25 years from the facility, which is planned in Calhoun County near Marshall.

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