A major investment is coming to Shiawassee County.
“We are really seeing this as a big shot in the arm to an already strong economy,” said Justin Horvath, president and CEO of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership.
Horvath is ecstatic about a new farm coming to Mid-Michigan. It’s not corn or soy this time, but a solar power farm.
“They will be putting in solar panels on that property to then be able to generate electricity from the sun, which will then be fed into the electrical grid for usage by customers, probably people right here,” Horvath said.
Ranger Power, a solar development company, is behind the project. Horvath said they are investing $250 million into the area of Hazelton and Venice Township. The project is also creating more than 300 jobs.
Developers say the new solar power farm will be plugged into an existing substation in Shiawassee County in the area of M-13 and Wilkinson Road.
The project will be developed on a 1,200-acre site of primarily fields and vacant land.
Horvath said it’s a win-win for everyone because solar power is clean energy and farmers locally can lease their land to the power giant to have guaranteed income.
Horvath sees the solar farm breaking ground as soon as next year.
“Shiawassee County is right in the middle of the state. We have a lot of customers nearby and the metropolitan area. We’re close by the people that will use the power,” Horvath said.
Assembly Solar Project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 394,000 tons annually.