SAN DIEGO—Officials at Borrego Solar Systems Inc., a developer of large-scale renewable energy projects, announced that AES Corp. (NYSE: AES), an Arlington, Va.-based energy generation and distribution company, had selected Borrego to build three utility-scale solar projects in Michigan.
The agreement represents Borrego’s first foray into the growing Michigan clean energy market and some of the company’s latest project wins in the utility-scale solar sector.
The three projects—located in Cement City in Lenawee County, Pullman in Allegan County, and Letts Creek in Washtenaw County—and are scheduled to come online by mid-2022.
Once they are completed, the solar power plants will be owned and operated by AES, with the electricity generated sold to Consumers Energy, under the terms of a long-term power purchase agreement.
The solar plants will collectively generate approximately 104,500 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power more than 9,000 Michigan households. The clean energy produced will offset the equivalent of 74,057 metric tons of climate-harming carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel sources.
“The Michigan projects represent the latest success in Borrego’s growth story. Our ongoing working relationship with AES is based on trust and transparency, and is an example of our focus on powering our customers’ growth,” said Brian Barker, general manager of Borrego’s utility-scale engineering, procurement and construction division. “We are excited to bring our expertise to Michigan and help the state decarbonize its grid.”
“We are proud to partner with Borrego to safely construct this project portfolio in Michigan,” said Mike Belikoff, COO of AES Clean Energy. “Throughout the bidding process, Borrego was flexible and transparent, and they proactively identified concerns, enabling us to resolve issues before signing contracts. We look forward to working with Borrego to safely bring these impactful projects to life, bringing substantial benefits to the local communities while helping Consumers Energy and the State of Michigan reach their renewable energy goals.”