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Major solar energy project operational in western Michigan

Major solar energy project operational in western Michigan

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — A major solar energy project is up and running in western Michigan.

WOOD-TV reports 11,000 solar panels are installed on 17 acres south of Grand Valley State University’s main campus in Allendale.

Consumers Energy and Grand Valley State held a groundbreaking for the Solar Gardens project in October. The 3-megawatt site can generate electricity to serve up to 600 homes.

Construction is expected to begin soon on a solar garden at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. And the utility is considering another location in the Lansing area.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp.’s Consumers Energy unit this month shut down its seven oldest Michigan coal-fired plants. Consumers Energy is investing in renewable energy such as solar power and the shutdowns leave it with five coal-fired plants in the state.

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Online: http://www.consumersenergy.com/solargardens

In related news, Michigan wants risk analysis about St Clair River pipelines.

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2 comments

  1. I am glad that people are now moving towards renewable sources of energy. It is good for the environment despite the expense.

  2. Its really a worthful project. 11,000 solar panels in 17 acres is really great. Very useful for future.

    Tara, Bizbilla

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