Sempra buys 100-MW Apple Blossom wind project in Michigan

A Sempra (NYSE:SRE) company said July 22 that it is buying the 100-MW Apple Blossom wind project in Michigan from Geronimo Energy, LLC, a utility-scale wind and solar energy developer.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power.

Located in Huron County, Michigan, the Apple Blossom wind facility will generate enough clean, renewable power for approximately 38,000 Michigan homes. Construction is expected to begin at the wind farm site in fall 2016.

The project is expected to employ about 250 construction workers at peak and be in commercial operation by year-end 2017. The entire output from the wind farm has been sold to CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) utility Consumers Energy under a 15-year contract.

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) has already filed an interconnection agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Apple Blossom project.

When the project is completed, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, along with its affiliates and joint-venture partners, will have wind facilities in eight states totaling more than 1,300 MW of generating capacity, the company said in a news release.

“The acquisition of the Apple Blossom wind project enables our company to continue to invest in the development, construction and operation of renewable energy infrastructure,” said Sempra U.S. Gas & Power President Kevin C. Sagara.

“Geronimo Energy is pleased to work with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on a second wind farm project in the Midwestern United States,” said Blake Nixon, president of Geronimo Energy. “Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brings impressive wind energy construction and operating expertise and has an aligned mission with Geronimo Energy’s farmer-friendly and community-focused approach.”

Geronimo Energy is a utility-scale renewable energy development company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over 1,600 MW of Geronimo-developed renewable energy projects are either operational or currently under construction.

 

 

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