Consumers Energy, Pine Gate Renewables and Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., announced five new solar energy projects in Genesee County and three in Saginaw County are now online and providing clean,
renewable electricity for Consumers Energy customers.
The eight sites were built and are operated by Pine Gate Renewables and are owned by Kayne Anderson. Consumers Energy has 20-year agreements to purchase the energy from the projects. Each solar farm has a 2-megawatt capacity. Combined, the solar farms produce up to 16 MW, adding to Consumers Energy’s 10-MW of solar energy capacity previously available to serve its customers.
“We’re excited to be a part of developing renewable energy in Michigan,” said Pine Gate Renewables CEO Ben Catt. “Each solar project provides tax revenue, jobs and clean energy to the local communities.”
Consumers Energy has agreements to purchase energy from six additional Kayne Anderson solar projects elsewhere in Michigan which are scheduled to begin operating this month. These initial eight projects include 56,313 solar panels and have employed approximately 240 local workers through construction.
The names of the local solar projects that began operations in the last five weeks are Captain Solar, Interchange Solar, Jack Francis Solar, May Shannon Solar and Coldwater Solar in Genesee County, and Geddes 1 Solar, Geddes 2 Solar and Stoneheart Solar in Saginaw County.
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— Solar Builder magazine