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Michigan Public Power Utilities to Receive Energy from 200-MW Solar Energy Facility

A 200-megawatt solar energy facility that will supply energy to Michigan public power utilities recently started commercial operations. Located in Calhoun County, Michigan, the Calhoun Solar Energy Center was developed by Invenergy.

Invenergy has entered into three separate long-term power purchase agreements with Michigan-based energy providers for the output of the Calhoun Solar Energy Center.

Investor-owned Consumers Energy has agreed to purchase 140 megawatts, Michigan Public Power Agency is purchasing 50 megawatts, and Lansing Board of Water & Light, a Michigan public power utility, is purchasing 10 megawatts.

“The Calhoun Solar Energy Center is part of MPPA’s growing renewable energy portfolio that provides clean, affordable and Michigan based energy supply to the residents and businesses our members serve throughout Michigan. We are excited to bring to commercial operation our third utility scale solar energy project in the last 4 years,” said Patrick Bowland, chief executive officer of MPPA, in a statement.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this project, and continue expanding our renewable portfolio to serve our customers with clean, affordable energy,” said Lansing BWL General Manager Dick Peffley. “This addition of solar moves us closer to our clean energy goals and reinforces our commitment to a greener region.”

Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 30,000 megawatts of projects that are in operation, construction or contracted, including wind, solar, transmission infrastructure and natural gas power generation and advanced energy storage projects.