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Firm begins work on solar farm in Erie – News – Bedford Now – Bedford Township,

Temperance Solar will be at the northwest corner of S. Dixie Hwy. (M- 125) and Sterns Rd., about three miles south of Erie.

J. Ranck Electric, a Michigan-based engineering firm, has begun building a 20-megawatt solar energy farm on the site of a former alfalfa hay and straw mill in Erie Township.

J. Ranck Electric was hired by Geronimo Energy, a national grid electric company based in Bloomington, Minnesota, to construct the farm on 150 acres that was sold by LAC real estate to Geronimo for the farm. Construction began earlier this year and is progressing on the site located at the northwest corner of S. Dixie Hwy. (M-125) and Sterns Rd. about three miles south of Erie.

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Called “Temperance Solar,” the farm is one of two solar projects Geronimo is building in Michigan for Consumers Energy. The other project is in Clinton County and located north of Lansing. J. Ranck Electric also is building the Clinton County farm that will be called Bingham Solar.

Both projects are expected to begin operations by the end of the year, said David Reamer, president of Geronimo.

Consumers Energy has entered into an agreement with Geronimo to purchase power from the two solar projects, said Terry DeDoes, senior public information director for Consumers.

Geronimo worked closely with Erie Township authorities on its application for development of the Temperance Solar Project, said Michael Demski, building and zoning official for the township.

“We were pleased to work with a company that truly cares about the project’s host community and communicated openly throughout the entire planning and approval process,” Demski said in a statement.

“Solar projects like these are not possible without the collective support of customers like Consumers, partners like J. Ranck, and local residents who live in the project communities,” Reamer said in a press release. “Together with these key stakeholders, we are excited to start construction and begin to provide the associated local benefits to the people in … Michigan, such as new tax revenue, in-state spending, and job creation.”

Combined, the projects will produce 40 megawatts alternating a current of solar energy and will power an estimated 8,000 Michigan homes, Reamer said. Together with its affiliated entities, Geronimo will own and operate both solar projects, and Consumers will purchase the energy they produce.

Using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas equivalencies’ calculator, the combined projects are estimated to offset carbon dioxide emissions by 50,000 metric tons annually.

“With these projects, we’ll put an estimated 120 Michigan construction workers on the job and further J. Ranck Electric’s role in growing our state’s renewable energy infrastructure,” said Scott Walker, Business Development Director for J. Ranck Electric. “We could not be more proud and excited to work with Consumers Energy and Geronimo to build these solar…

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2020-06-19 21:06:24

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