Michigan solar project of 149 MW wins local approval - report

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November 14 (Renewables Now) - The 149-MW River Fork Solar project in Michigan, which will sell most of its output to utility Consumers Energy, has secured local-level approval by Sheridan Township.

The project’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was approved by the Sheridan Township Planning Commission and the Sheridan Township Board, WBCKFM radio reports. The project was proposed by utility-scale solar developer Ranger Power.

The proposed photovoltaic (PV) park will be located on around 1,800 acres of land in Sheridan Township, in Michigan’s Calhoun County, where more than half a million solar modules equipped with single-axis tracker systems will be installed. Once completed, it will sell 100 MW of its power to the subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that was signed in September. The contract for the project is pending clearance by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

The River Fork Solar’s annual output is expected to offset around 244,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. About 269 job positions will be created during the power plant’s construction, according to the report.

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