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BWL and groSolar to Begin Construction of Second Largest Utility-scale Project in Michigan

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8/30/2017 7:50:00 AM

For Immediate Release
August 29, 2017
BWL: Stephen Serkaian, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 517-702-6735 GroSolar: Maribeth Sawchuk, Director of Communications, 802-359-6538

BWL and groSolar to Begin Construction of Second Largest Utility-scale Project in Michigan

The Lansing Board of Water & Light and groSolar, a national solar power development, engineering, procurement and construction firm, announced the start of construction of the second largest utility-scale project in Michigan. The project, first announced in December 2015, was delayed because the original site proved unsuitable for construction of the project.

"This solar energy project expands and diversifies our renewable energy portfolio for our customers," said General Manager Richard Peffley. "Solar energy projects like this will feed directly into the BWL’s distribution system and supply power during the summer peak demand period. We’re proud to be a leader in renewable energy. We were the first utility in Michigan to develop a renewable portfolio standard."

The approximately 24 megawatt AC solar array is expected to generate approximately 45,000 megawatt hours annually, which is enough energy to power over 3,300 homes. The clean energy produced is predicted to offset 31,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the environment. BWL customers will receive power generated by the solar array by the summer of 2018 through a power purchase agreement between groSolar and the BWL.

The project will be located in Delta Township, Eaton County near the corner of Guinea and Sundance roads. The project is estimated to create over 150 temporary full time construction jobs and generate approximately $5 million in wages. "We are very excited about working in partnership with Lansing Board of Water & Light and Delta Township on this innovative and groundbreaking project that will provide clean renewable power to BWL’s customers and the largest solar single-axis tracking project in the state of Michigan," said Jamie Resor, CEO of groSolar.

The BWL has been a leader in providing its customers with clean and green renewable power, energy savings programs, and implementing solar energy in Michigan with the largest municipally-owned Cedar Street solar array. The BWL, which has announced community solar parks to be built in E. Lansing and Lansing, also provides its customers with wind energy from a wind park in Ithaca, Michigan, landfill gas energy from Granger waste facilities and hydro-electric power. BWL’s state-of-the-art REO Town Cogeneration Plant is among the cleanest and most efficient in the country.

The BWL is committed to a clean energy future for the Lansing region as outlined by both the Integrated Resource Plan recommendations of the BWL’s Citizen Advisory Committee and the 2016 BWL Strategic Plan. The IRP, Strategic Plan and customers called for a mix of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and new highly efficient natural gas generation to replace BWL’s coal-based generation and maintain a reliable, low cost and environmentally sound portfolio. The BWL has adopted a plan to provide 30% clean energy by 2020 and 40% by 2030. By expanding its clean energy portfolio and closing its coal plants (Eckert in 2020 and Erickson in 2025), the BWL will achieve an 80% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

About groSolar

groSolar is a leading developer and turnkey solar engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firm serving the 500kw to 50 MW market. With over 2,200 installations across North America, groSolar’s experience spans a broad spectrum of applications. These include applications atop brownfields/landfills, commercial, educational, municipal, and other institutional facilities. groSolar provides a one stop source your solar project needs including on-going operations and maintenance. groSolar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Renewable Energy. Learn more at www.grosolar.com.