Consumers Energy inks 100-MW solar off-take contract in Michigan

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September 6 (Renewables Now) - US utility Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS), has agreed to buy 100 MW of power from the 149-MW River Fork Solar facility in Calhoun County, Michigan.

The newly-signed, 20-year agreement with utility-scale solar developer Ranger Power has to be cleared by the Michigan Public Service Commission, Consumers Energy said in a statement on Thursday.

The utility picked the particular project in a competitive bidding process. The solar park will be built on around 1,800 acres of land in Sheridan Township, where more than a half million photovoltaic (PV) modules equipped with single axis tracker systems will be installed.

The signing of the off-take contract aligns with Consumers Energy’s Clean Energy Plan, which envisages dropping coal from the company’s energy mix and achieving a 90% share of clean energy sources.

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