First Phase of 69-MW Michigan Wind in Commercial Operation

Construction of Michigan’s largest commercial-scale wind farm near Ubly, has been successfully completed. John Deere Renewables and Consumers Energy, the utility purchasing the power, announced that Michigan Wind 1 went into commercial operation on December 16.

Michigan Wind 1 is part of the former Noble Thumb Windpark, which John Deere Renewables acquired from Noble Environmental Power in October. The project includes 46 GE SLE wind turbines and has a total capacity of 69 megawatts (MW).

“This is a large-scale project that benefited from strong community support. The combined efforts of the project team at John Deere Wind Energy, RMT, GE, Noble, Energy Works, and Consumers Energy, made this happen,” said David Drescher, vice president of John Deere Wind Energy. “Michigan Wind 1 further positions John Deere Renewables as a leader in meeting the state’s energy needs.”

John Deere Renewables was the first to develop a commercial-scale wind project in Michigan. The Harvest 1 project is located in Huron County, between the communities of Pigeon and Elkton. It consists of 32 turbines with a total capacity of 53 MW.

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