Consumers Energy has announced plans to develop its third solar power plant, which would be located in in Cadillac, Mich.
This week, the Cadillac City Council approved an agreement to allow the Michigan energy company to place solar panels on the Mitchell-Bentley property, a currently vacant site with a manufacturing history that dates to the late 1800s.
The project, which still needs regulatory approvals, would generate 500 kW of electricity. It could be operating before summer 2020.
Last year, Consumers Energy announced its Clean Energy Plan, which focuses on developing new sources of renewable energy in Michigan. The energy provider plans to stop using coal to generate electricity by 2040.
“Consumers Energy is taking a stand for our planet with our Clean Energy Plan that includes over 40 percent of our energy coming from renewable sources,” says Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for customer experience. “We are excited to pursue a project that should be good for a community we serve and Michigan’s clean energy future.”
Consumers Energy currently operates two other solar projects in Michigan, located at Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University.
The Cadillac location would join the two sites in the company’s Solar Gardens community solar program. Customers who enroll in Solar Gardens pay as little as $10 a month to support solar projects and receive bill credits based on electricity that’s generated.
“This is a wonderful example of a collaboration between the public and private sectors, all for the good of our community,” says Marcus Peccia, Cadillac city manager. “We have an opportunity to clean up a blighted brownfield site, and residents will be able to connect to a renewable energy source right here in our backyard.”