Harvest Energy Solutions, is the first solar company to provide energy to a utility in Lenawee County via three arrays in the region.
The three installations are owned by Stateline Farms, Gerken Paving and Harvest Solar Lenawee. Each of these systems is capable of 1.0 MWac. The power generated by these systems will be sold to Cassopolis, Michigan, energy provider Midwest Energy & Communications (MEC) through the Wolverine Power Cooperative.
Harvest partnered with MEC when Wolverine Power offered to purchase solar energy under a program in its member-owned cooperatives. Additionally, Wolverine required that the power be provided locally from an existing member of MEC. The solar projects created jobs in both Lenawee and Jackson counties, employing local electricians, construction workers, engineers and other professionals.
“Historically, taking on three projects of this size at once would be a big deal,” said Ken Zebarah, territory sales manager at Harvest. “But between the cooperation from the townships, MEC and the Harvest team, the installations came together without a hitch and within the agreed upon tight schedule.”
Harvest hopes this will be the first of several installations to provide power to the utility.
“Through Wolverine Power and all other utilities in the state, solar programs and policies are constantly changing, so there is always opportunity for a variety of larger projects throughout the State,” Zebarah said. “We are actively pursuing land lease opportunities for larger projects, in addition to our typical scope of work of providing solar energy systems to residences, businesses, and farms.”
News item from Harvest Energy Solutions