Major solar energy project operational in western Michigan

The Associated Press

WOOD-TV reports 11,000 solar panels are installed on 17 acres south of Grand Valley State University's main campus in Allendale.

 

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — A major solar energy project is up and running in western Michigan.

WOOD-TV reports 11,000 solar panels are installed on 17 acres south of Grand Valley State University's main campus in Allendale.

Consumers Energy and Grand Valley State held a groundbreaking for the Solar Gardens project in October. The 3-megawatt site can generate electricity to serve up to 600 homes.

Construction is expected to begin soon on a solar garden at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. And the utility is considering another location in the Lansing area.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit this month shut down its seven oldest Michigan coal-fired plants. Consumers Energy is investing in renewable energy such as solar power and the shutdowns leave it with five coal-fired plants in the state.

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