November 02, 2013
Consumers Energy, Barton Malow, Tuscola County-area Landowners and Local Government Break Ground on Cross Winds Energy Park
Consumers Energy, its contractors, Tuscola County-area landowners and local government officials held a groundbreaking event on Friday, November 1 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 Michigan residents with the energy they need, whenever they need it,” said Jack Hanson, 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 Michigan’s 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.
About 150 construction jobs will be created during Cross Winds construction now and into 2014. Southfield-based Barton Malow Company is the lead contractor, with several Michigan-based subcontractors and parts suppliers also participating in the project.
“As part of our $1 billion commitment to the Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative, we’re pleased to report more than $100 million of the $255 million Cross Winds Energy Park will come from services and goods supplied by companies in our state,” Hanson said.