More solar power for Michigan thanks to Manistee Co’s project


Today, Consumers Energy announced an agreement to purchase 30 megawatts of renewable electricity from Heathlands Solar in Onekama. Construction of the Heathlands solar power plant is underway and the plant will be operational by the end of 2022.

Michigan-based Prism Power Partners is building the plant on a former golf course in Onekama. The project is located in close proximity to the existing high voltage electrical distribution infrastructure, which is a key factor in reducing costs in order to deliver value to Consumers Energy customers.

“We are delighted to be working with Consumers Energy to increase the supply of renewable energy in Michigan,” Randall Wood, Managing Member of Prism, said in a statement. “Heathlands Solar, which represents Prism’s third large-scale solar project in the state, will provide clean and reliable energy as well as long-term economic development. “

When completed, Heathlands Solar will have a total capacity of 30 megawatts, which is enough clean energy to power around 15,000 homes, according to Consumers Energy. Under the agreement announced today, the company plans to purchase the electricity for 20 years.

Solar power is a major component of Consumers Energy’s clean energy plan, a plan to phase out the use of coal and dramatically increase renewables to help achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. With this plan , the company is paving the way for the switch to renewable energies nationwide. . As for solar power, the plan calls for adding nearly 8,000 megawatts of solar power by 2024.

“We are all involved in solar power and proud to team up with another Michigan company to create a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for our state by reusing precious land and protecting the planet for future generations,” said Tim Sparks, vice president of electricity. grid integration at Consumers Energy, in a statement: “We are leading the state’s clean energy transformation by providing the affordable and reliable electricity our homes and businesses need for decades to come.” “

The company’s agreement builds on its desire to develop solar power plants across Michigan. Their third solar power plant was inaugurated last month in Cadillac.


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