Consumers Energy signs PPA for 300 MW of new Michigan solar power

Consumers Energy announced agreements to add 300 MW of clean energy — enough to power approximately 150,000 homes — from two Michigan solar projects being developed in Genesee and Hillsdale counties.

The solar advances are part of the company’s Clean Energy Plan to dramatically increase renewable energy, eliminate coal electricity by 2025, and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Both projects are being developed by Ranger Power, a utility-scale solar development company based in Chicago. †

“Delivering 300 megawatts of clean energy for our customers is a commitment to our planet, the people of Michigan and contributes to the prosperity of communities where solar projects take place,” said Timothy Sparks, VP of Power Grid Integration at Consumer Energy. “We are excited to reach this agreement with a valued partner that will help us bring a vision to life to deliver a clean energy transformation that benefits Michiganders, both current and future generations.”

Consumers Energy would purchase power from Confluence Solar in Genesee County and Heartwood Solar in Hillsdale County. The agreements are reviewed by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

The new solar projects are 150 MW each and are scheduled to be commissioned by the end of 2024. Ranger Power will own and operate the sites.

The $200 million Confluence Solar project is expected to create up to 250 jobs in Genesee County during construction and generate more than $25 million in new property tax revenue over the life of the project. The new tax revenues will benefit several local tax jurisdictions, including Genesee County, Flushing and Montrose Townships, Flushing and Montrose Schools, Genesee Intermediate School District, Mott Community College and the local airport, library and transportation authorities.

Ranger Power’s $150 million Heartwood Solar project will create a similar number of jobs in Hillsdale County and generate nearly $19 million in new property tax revenue over the life of the project. The new tax revenue will benefit several local tax jurisdictions, including Hillsdale County; Allen and Fayette Townships; Jonesville Community Schools; Hillsdale Intermediate School District; and the Jonesville District Library.

Consumers Energy is searching tens of thousands of acres throughout Michigan to find locations for utility-scale solar power plants. Large landowners or community officials interested in learning more about settlement opportunities can visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/misolar to provide basic details about their property and engage in a discussion with the company’s solar experts.

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