Consumers Energy Searching for Landowners to Help Lead Michigan's Clean Energy Transformation
Company seeks acres for new solar plants, creates economic opportunity for landowners, communities
Solar is the centerpiece of the company's Clean Energy Plan to meet
That's why, with regulatory approval,
"We need support throughout
Utility-scale solar projects capable of generating about 100 megawatts provide the best value for customers. They also require significant amounts of land — between five and 10 acres per megawatt of electricity — that's flat, open and treeless with direct access to the sun and proximity to existing transmission infrastructure.
Ideal project sites for solar power plants are about 500 to 900 acres and are often comprised of multiple, neighboring landowners. Potential locations include:
- Farm fields — including those less ideal for growing crops
- Brownfield sites
- Publicly owned properties
With solar leading the way, the company's proposed Clean Energy Plan, would reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 63 million tons. That's the equivalent of removing 12.4 million passenger vehicles from the road for one year.
In addition to its environmental benefits, solar is increasingly cost competitive and
Siting solar power plants provides economic benefits for landowners and communities.
- Participating landowners may sell us their property or create an ongoing revenue source by entering into long-term easement agreements.
- Solar power plants create hundreds of construction jobs and can increase a community's revenue to help fund education and critical basic services.
"Our goal is to meet
Large landowners or community officials who want to learn more about potential for siting can visit ConsumersEnergy.com/misolar to provide basic details about their property and begin a discussion with company solar experts.
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