Source: John Deere Renewables



John Deere Renewables and Consumers Energy held a dedication event to mark the completion of Michigan's largest commercial-scale wind farm near Ubly. The project, called Michigan Wind 1, went into commercial operation on Dec. 16, 2008. Attendees at the event included landowners, community leaders, and elected officials.



"The demand for renewable energy is growing in Michigan, and this project helps meet that demand," said David Drescher, Vice President of John Deere Wind Energy. "Michigan Wind 1 is a clean, renewable energy option in a state which is aggressively pursuing green energy opportunities."



Michigan Wind 1 is part of the former Noble Thumb Windpark, which John Deere Renewables acquired from Noble Environmental Power in October 2008. It consists of 46 GE SLE wind turbines and has a total capacity of 69 megawatts, which produce enough electricity to power approximately 20,000 homes. The combined efforts of the project team at John Deere Wind Energy, RMT, GE, Noble, Energy Works, and Consumers Energy made the project a reality.



Consumers Energy is purchasing the power produced by Michigan Wind 1.



"The renewable power provided by Michigan Wind 1 supports our Green Generation program and is part of our balanced approach to serving our 1.8 million electric customers," said Jack Hanson, Vice President of Generation, Engineering, and Services at Consumers Energy. "Consumers Energy's Green Generation program, which was authorized by the Michigan Public Service Commission in 2005, was the first voluntary program in Michigan, and one of the most successful in the country."



Michigan Wind 1 is one of two wind farm projects by John Deere Renewables in northeast Michigan, with two additional wind projects under development. John Deere Renewables was also the first to develop a commercial scale wind project in Michigan.



The Harvest 1 project is located in Huron County, between the communities of Pigeon and Elkton. It consists of 32 turbines with a total capacity of 53 m