Wolverine Power Cooperative Agrees to Purchase Electricity from Michigan's First Commercial-Scale Wind Farm

June 18, 2007

The first commercial-scale wind farm in Michigan will sell its electricity to Wolverine Power Cooperative under a 20-year power purchase agreement with John Deere Wind Energy, the facility's principal owner and developer. The 52.8-megawatt (MW) wind farm, located about 115 miles north of Detroit, benefits from a state tax incentive package worth $6.5 million over 12 years.

The $90 million project will consist of 32 1.65-MW Vestas V82 wind turbines. The wind farm is expected to create up to 70 jobs and to produce enough electricity to power more than 15,000 homes. Construction is slated to begin this summer and the facility could begin operating in early 2008.

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm praised the project in a June 11 press release. "Projects like the Harvest Wind Farm, the first of its kind in Michigan, and investments in the alternative energy industry are key to our economic future," Granholm said. "They create jobs and help diversify our economy — two top priorities for Michigan."

In addition to the tax incentive, Harvest Wind Farm will receive approximately $5 million in sales tax exemptions through Michigan's manufacturing-industrial processing exemption.

Wolverine Power Cooperative plans to pursue other renewable energy generation, in addition to that from the Harvest Wind Farm, because the Michigan legislature is working on a bill for a renewable energy portfolio standard. The bill could require every energy provider to meet a 10 percent renewable energy quota by 2015; the quota could then be raised to 25 percent by 2025. The purchase agreement with John Deere Wind Energy allows the co-op to gain experience in purchasing renewable energy before a standard is enacted.

For more information, see the June 6 Wolverine Power Cooperative press release (PDF 856 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

Source: June 15 article in Wind Energy Weekly

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