Cadillac, Michigan [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Wolverine Power Cooperative signed a 20-year purchase agreement for renewable energy from Harvest Wind Farm, LLC, which has been under development for three years and is slated for Huron County, Michigan.
John Deere Wind Energy, principal owner and developer of the Harvest Wind Farm project, is planning to begin construction of the 32-turbine project at the Harvest Wind Farm site in Huron County’s Oliver and Chandler Townships this summer, with commercial operation scheduled for early 2008. Wolverine is purchasing renewable energy from the Harvest Wind Farm project for sale to its six member-companies and their retail customers.
“Wolverine strongly supports the development of clean, renewable energy in Michigan and thus has chosen to make a long-term financial commitment to this project,” said Eric D. Baker, president and CEO of Wolverine.
“We plan to take what we have learned from the Harvest Wind Farm project and apply it to studying the potential for a wind project near Rogers City,” Baker said. “Renewable power has an important role to play, along with other technologies available today, in the creation of more balanced and cleaner electric generation in Michigan.”
The proposed wind farm near Rogers City is one component of the Wolverine Clean Energy Venture announced by Wolverine in May 2006. Commercial operation is scheduled for 2008. Wolverine is also exploring the feasibility of a base load, solid fuel power plant at the site.