Wolverine to purchase power from largest PV project in Northern Michigan

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Wolverine will purchase 100% of the energy generated by the 1.2MW solar array. Image: stantoncady/Flickr

Wolverine Power Cooperative announced that one of its member-owners — Spartan Renewable Energy — will start construction this fall on a 1.2MW PV array in Cadillac, Michigan, across from Wolverine’s headquarters facility.

Wolverine will then purchase 100% of the power generated from the project — which will stand as the largest array in Northern Michigan — for the benefit of its member-owners.

Eric Baker, Wolverine's president and chief executive officer, said: “SpartanSolar represents our ongoing commitment to Michigan renewable generation – built in Michigan, with Michigan labor, and Michigan panels and equipment. Wolverine continues to add clean energy resources to power our members' future.  We will take our first step into solar with SpartanSolar and intend to add more solar power in the months ahead.”

Joseph Baumann, a Wolverine vice president, added: Wolverine's members committed to far exceed Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standard and, in the past few years, have become Michigan's renewable energy leaders – we will nearly double the statutory requirement this year. Much of this excess has been achieved through large-scale wind projects and solar power will now play a key role in further diversifying Wolverine's environmentally friendly power supply mix.”

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