Geronimo Energy, a National Grid company, announced the initial construction for two Michigan solar projects that has signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with Consumers Energy.
The projects, Bingham Solar and Temperance Solar, are part of the company’s MiSolar Portfolio, located in Clinton and Monroe counties in Michigan. Geronimo has contracted with Michigan-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor J. Ranck Electric Inc. (JRE) to construct the projects.
Geronimo will own and operate both solar projects, while Consumers will purchase the energy they produce. Using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator, the combined projects are estimated to offset CO2 emissions by 50,000 metric tons annually.
Both projects are expected to begin operations by the end of this year.
Geronimo has developed over 2,400 MW of wind and solar projects across the U.S. and has roots in Michigan, as the company developed the 100-MW Apple Blossom Wind Farm.
“Apple Blossom, developed by Geronimo Energy, is the largest supplier of PPA wind energy in our portfolio. We are encouraged to work with Geronimo on these solar projects in Clinton and Monroe counties, which will increase renewable energy in Michigan and build momentum to help us fulfill our Clean Energy Plan,” said Timothy Sparks, vice president of electric grid integration for Consumers Energy.
David Reamer, President for Geronimo Energy, stated, “Solar projects like these are not possible without the collective support of customers like Consumers, partners like J. Ranck, and local residents who live in the project communities.”
JRE says development of these projects will employ about 120 Michigan construction workers.