Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Construction to Begin in November on Consumers Lake Winds Energy Park

The only paperwork left to do is to finalize some road permits, and construction on the 101MW, 56 turbine wind farm in Mason County will be underway as of Nov. 2.

White Construction, lead contractor for the wind turbine project, is expected to start construction of access roads and turbine foundations this fall, keeping on track with Consumers anticipated completion of the project by the end of 2012.

That means jobs. Green ones.

Consumers Energy is urging motorists to be alert for construction traffic in Riverton and Summit townships, as well as throughout the county since many of the construction materials are coming from west Michigan area suppliers.

The turbines themselves are coming from Vestas, manufactured in Colorado.

Ah well, can't win 'em all.

By the way, was Michigan even in the running for GE's solar panel factory, billed as the largest in the nation, that landed in Colorado? Inquiring minds want to know.

We'll save that for another day. These announcements from other states are starting to add up, and probably deserve their own post. Indications are that the Snyder administration is dropping the ball when it comes to recruiting these jobs, and that may require some extra special attention pretty soon.