Michigan-based CMS Energy has announced that its CMS Enterprises subsidiary is purchasing Delta Solar, a 24 MW, two-part solar power project under construction that is expected to provide enough energy to municipal utility Lansing Board of Water & Light (LBWL) to power 3,300 homes through a power purchase agreement.
“We are committed to meeting Michigan’s energy needs with reliable and increasingly clean sources of energy, and we are pleased to take ownership of a project that will benefit homes and businesses in our state’s capital region,” says Patti Poppe, president and CEO of CMS Energy. “Delta Solar will be Michigan’s second-largest solar power plant, representing our company’s ability to help meet Michigan’s need for new renewable energy sources as the state continues to grow.”
The Delta Solar project, which is composed of two phases, is currently under construction by Vermont-based groSolar, a subsidiary of EDF Renewable Energy. CMS Enterprises and groSolar also worked together to develop the 2.5 MW Flambeau Solar power plant this year in northern Wisconsin.
“groSolar is pleased to be continuing its partnership with CMS Energy and proud to support LBWL’s efforts to expand their renewable energy portfolio,” says Jamie Resor, CEO of groSolar.
The solar power plant sits on about 190 acres in Delta Township in Eaton County, Mich., adjacent to the General Motors Lansing Delta Assembly Plant, and will be operational by summer 2018. Work on the project is expected to create about 150 construction jobs.
CMS Energy notes that it currently has two solar power plants in Michigan, at Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University, in addition to the Flambeau Solar plant in Wisconsin. The company’s renewable energy commitment also includes wind farms in the Thumb and near Lake Michigan, in addition to three biomass facilities in Michigan and North Carolina.
“There is a growing interest in developing clean, renewable energy sources, and CMS Energy is well positioned to respond,” says Poppe. “We expect Delta Solar to be a visible example of our commitment to the planet and the communities we serve in Michigan.”