Algonquin Power & Utilities‘ subsidiary Liberty is developing a 112-MW wind project in Michigan to support Facebook’s parent company, Meta, in reaching its renewable energy goals. The new Deerfield II wind project is expected to reach commercial operations in 2023.
Deerfield II is located in Huron County, Michigan, adjacent to Liberty’s Deerfield I wind facility. The project represents an investment of approximately $200 million for Liberty and is expected to provide approximately $2 million per year in property tax revenue for local schools, roads and various care facilities. Construction will create 200 temporary and permanent jobs.
“Wind and solar energy investments are critical streams within our growth program, and we’re very pleased to be able to expand upon our existing partnership with Meta,” said Jeff Norman, chief development officer for Algonquin. “Our company is all about thinking globally and acting locally. Projects like Altavista solar and Deerfield II allow us to have that dual-level impact by supporting Meta’s operations with 100% renewable energy while contributing to the surrounding communities.”
Liberty will develop, engineer, construct own and operate the Deerfield II wind project. Construction began in April 2022.
“Since 2020, our global operations have been supported by 100% renewable energy and, as we continue to grow, it is increasingly important that we have strong partnerships to bring new renewable energy to the grid,” said Urvi Parekh, head of renewable energy at Meta. “We appreciate the work Liberty has done to help us bring these 112 MW to the grid in support of our operations.”
News item from Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. and Liberty
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