Consumers Energy announced agreements to add 300 MW of clean energy — enough to power about 150,000 homes — from two Michigan solar projects being developed in Genesee and Hillsdale counties.
The solar developments 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.
“Providing 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 are sited,” said Timothy Sparks, Consumers Energy’s VP of electric grid integration. “We are pleased to reach this agreement with a valued partner that is helping us bring to life a vision to provide 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 being reviewed by the Michigan Public Service Commission.
The new solar projects are each 150 MW and scheduled to begin operating by year-end 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 over $25 million in new property tax revenues over the lifetime of the project. The new tax revenues will benefit several local taxing 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 revenues over the lifetime of the project. The new tax revenues will benefit several local taxing jurisdictions, including Hillsdale County; Allen and Fayette Townships; Jonesville Community Schools; Hillsdale Intermediate School District; and the Jonesville District Library.
Consumers Energy is searching for tens of thousands of acres throughout Michigan to identify locations for utility-scale solar power plants. Large landowners or community officials who want to learn more about potential for siting can visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/misolar to provide basic details about their property and begin a discussion with company solar experts.
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