Expansion in Renewable Energy Investments
Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) expanded investments in renewable energy sources from Pegasus Wind Farm, Assembly Solar 1 and Invenergy. With the additional investments in renewable energy, HBPW is making strides in decarbonization and the Community Energy Plan’s recommendations (CEP).
Holland Board of Public Works is a member of the Energy Services Project, administered by the Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA). The Energy Services Project is a way for municipalities that are “members of MPPA to secure electric power and energy for their future needs” as stated in the Energy Services Project Transaction Authorization. Through this partnership, Holland Board of Public Works is able to secure renewable energy from the new wind farm and solar arrays. “These partnerships allow us to take part in projects that are making a large scale impacts in decarbonization, much greater than we could achieve on our own,” said Dave Koster, General Manager.
Pegasus Wind Farm
Pegasus Wind Farm is expected to provide HBPW with around 11,000 MWh of energy per year. On average, that is enough to power 1,033 homes. Pegasus Wind Farm achieved full commercial operation in June 2020. The Tuscola County project experienced multiple delays. HBPW originally signed a letter of authorization in 2016 and began to receive power from Pegasus Wind Farm in December 2019.
Holland Board of Public Works signed letters of authorization to participate in the MPPA’s power purchase agreement with the two largest solar arrays in Michigan, Assembly Solar I and Invenergy in 2018. Another agreement was signed in 2019 for Assembly Solar II. The new solar farms expect to provide HBPW with 16,000 MWh of energy per year, enough to power an average of 1,502 homes.
Holland Board of Public Works is proud to be involved in decarbonization projects that make an impact throughout the State of Michigan. “According to Ranger Power, ‘The Assembly Solar Project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 394,000 tons annually in the short term – equivalent to the yearly emissions of approximately 77,000 cars’” (Dolinar, 2020).
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