State's Largest Wind Farm Coming To Gratiot Co. 9-17-2010 - WNEM TV 5

State's Largest Wind Farm Coming To Gratiot Co. 9-17-2010

A new state of the art wind farm constructed in Gratiot County will be the largest wind farm in the state.
Invenergy Wind announced Thursday that it has made lease agreements with more than 240 landowners and will break ground on a 30,000-acre wind farm this fall near Breckenridge.
The wind farm will produce 200 MW of new wind energy, which has the capacity to power nearly 54,000 homes.
Earlier this week, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved Detroit Edison’s 20-year power purchase agreement to provide renewable electricity to its customers.
"We have found great support from landowners and local officials in Gratiot County, who see the benefits of harvesting an abundant local resource,” said Kevin Parzyck, development manager.
The wind farm project is expected to create more than 150 construction jobs for skilled Michigan workers. To operate the wind farm, Invenergy said it will hire 15 full-time local high-tech workers.
The wind turbines are expected to be operational by late 2011.
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