Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has acquired 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.
Located in Huron County, Mich., the Apple Blossom wind farm 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 entire output from the wind farm has been sold to Consumers Energy under a 15-year contract.
Kevin C. Sagara, president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, said:
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire, build and operate the Apple Blossom wind project in the state of Michigan as it continues to position itself as a wind energy leader. 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. We look forward to providing Michigan with a stable supply of clean, renewable energy and becoming a long-term partner with the local community through the development and operation of this project."
Blake Nixon, president of Geronimo Energy, said:
"Geronimo Energy is pleased to work with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on a second wind farm project in the Midwestern United States. 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."
Tim Sparks, vice president energy supply operations for Consumers Energy, added:
"We appreciate the contribution made by Geronimo Energy to develop the Apple Blossom project and look forward to collaboration with Sempra U.S Gas & Power as the project is constructed and operated. Our customers are expressing interest in more renewable energy development in Michigan. We're pleased to be a leader in providing an increasingly clean energy portfolio at a very economical price to the Michigan families and businesses we serve."