BWL plans to build large solar array in Delta Township

Posted at 7:44 AM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 12:34:55-04

The Lansing Board of Water and Light announced Tuesday it will build the second largest solar project in the state. It will be located in Delta Township, to replace energy now generated by coal plants.

The clean energy harnessed will go straight to the grid for the BWL to put into production. The utility says it is not only the second largest solar project in Michigan, it ranks first for being the largest solar tracking project.

BWL General Manager Dick Peffley said, "It's the largest tracking solar project in the state. What that means is these panels will actually follow the sun so they're more efficient. They move slowly as the sun moves, so that's pretty exciting."

The approximately 24 mega-watt solar array is expected to generate enough energy to power more than 3,000 homes. BWL customers can expect to start receiving power from the panels by next summer.