Consumers Energy reaches solar power purchasing deal

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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ALBION, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy has agreed to buy 100 megawatts of solar power from River Fork Solar, a generating facility in Calhoun County.

River Fork Solar is owned by Ranger Power, a utility-scale solar development company.

The 1,800-acre facility in Sheridan Township includes more than a half-million solar modules. Consumers Energy plans to buy about two-thirds of the site’s power output for 25 years.

Company officials say the project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 244,000 tons each year, which is equivalent to the yearly emissions of 77,702 cars.

The agreement needs approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Consumers filed a plan with the commission in June that calls for phasing out coal and meeting 90 percent of customer needs with renewable energy, waste reduction and storage.

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