Nov. 1, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy, its contractors,
-area landowners and local government officials held a groundbreaking event today to officially start construction of the company's second wind park, the Cross Winds® Energy Park.
"Renewable energy will continue to be a vital part of our Balanced Energy Initiative, providing
residents with the energy they need, whenever they need it," said
, Consumers Energy's senior vice president of energy resources. "We are drawing on our state's natural resources to power our state's future."
Cross Winds is expected to open in late 2014, fulfilling the state of
requirement that energy providers generate 10 percent of their power from renewable sources. The facility will include 62 wind turbines, with a total capacity of 105 megawatts.
Consumers Energy also opened the 100-megawatt Lake Winds Energy Park in
About 150 construction jobs will be created during Cross Winds construction now and into 2014.
-based Barton Malow Company is the lead contractor, with several
-based subcontractors and parts suppliers also participating in the project.
"As part of our
commitment to the Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative, we're pleased to report more than
Cross Winds Energy Park will come from services and goods supplied by companies in our state," Hanson said.
Pure Michigan Business Connect is a public-private alliance of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, state agencies and major
companies and organizations that connects in-state companies to business resources.
GE is supplying the 1.7 MW turbine units for Cross Winds, with 43 turbines scheduled for
and 19 turbines scheduled for
Initial construction will focus on building access drives and turbine foundations and will continue in coming months, weather permitting. Turbine construction is scheduled to begin next summer.