Holland Board of Public Works Partners with New Solar Project Under Construction in Michigan
Invenergy has completed term and construction financing for the 200MW Calhoun Solar project, which is currently under construction and scheduled to begin commercial operation in 2022. Located in Calhoun County, it will support approximately 300 jobs over the course of the construction period. Invenergy senior vice president Anneli Alers said: "Invenergy is proud to achieve construction financing for the Calhoun Solar project, an important step in bringing our first solar project in Michigan to fruition.”
The Calhoun Solar Project will provide clean, renewable energy to Michiganders who obtain their power supply from a large group of locally owned and controlled municipal electric utilities that aggregate and share power supply through the Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA). MPPA is a municipal power joint action agency that provides wholesale power supply and related services to publicly owned electric utilities in Michigan. “The Calhoun Solar Project is part of a growing portfolio of renewable resources MPPA has committed to which is transforming our member power supply and moving us toward a decarbonized future” said MPPA CEO Patrick Bowland.
As a Member of MPPA, Holland BPW and the local community are proud to be involved in the Calhoun Solar project. Renewables are a vital part of Holland, Michigan’s energy future. Holland BPW is excited to see new projects like Calhoun Solar come to Michigan.
Holland BPW has multiple Purchase Power Agreements (PPAs) for renewable energy. This includes recent PPAs for approximately 30MW of solar energy spread across five different projects. The first solar facility added to Holland BPW’s portfolio was the Assembly Solar I project in Shiawassee County which started operation in December 2020. In the near future, additional solar energy will be layered into Holland BPW’s portfolio from the Assembly Solar II project which is expected to begin commercial operation this fall. Additional solar capacity will be layered in over the next two years with Invenergy’s project and two other solar facilities located in Hart and Calhoun counties.
As a community-owned utility, Holland BPW looks forward to further opportunities to reduce carbon dependency and reach our sustainability goals as we continue supply our customers with fairly priced, dependable power.