UBLY, Mich. — Construction of Michigan’s largest commercial-scale wind farm near Ubly, has been successfully completed, despite the complexities of the project.
John Deere Renewables, a national leader in wind energy development, and Consumers Energy, the utility purchasing the power, announced Michigan Wind 1 went into commercial operation Dec. 16.
Plans to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony are underway, and details will be forthcoming.
Michigan Wind 1 is part of the former Noble Thumb Windpark, which John Deere Renewables acquired from Noble Environmental Power in October.
The project consists of 46 GE SLE wind turbines and has a total capacity of 69 megawatts, which produces enough electricity to power approximately 20,000 homes.
Consumers Energy will be purchasing the power produced by Michigan Wind 1.
Michigan Wind 1 is one of two wind farm projects by John Deere Renewables in northeast Michigan, with two additional wind projects under development.
John Deere Renewables was also the first to develop a commercial-scale wind project in Michigan.
The Harvest 1 project is located in Huron County, between the communities of Pigeon and Elkton.
It consists of 32 turbines with a total capacity of 53 megawatts, which can produce enough electricity to power more than 15,000 homes.
For more information on John Deere Renewables visit www.johndeere.com/windenergy.
For more information about Consumers Energy visit www.consumersenergy.com.