Invenergy Wind LLC and DTE Energy hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the Gratiot County wind project, located in central Michigan. Once operational, Gratiot will be a 212 MW project consisting of 133 1.6 MW GE wind turbines.
Upon completion, 69 of the turbines will be owned by Gratiot Wind LLC (an affiliate of Invenergy), and 64 turbines will be owned by DTE Energy. The utility will purchase the power generated from Invenergy's 69 turbines under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
‘This wind project is part of our vision for a brighter economic future for our local area, and a greener future as well,’ says Don Schurr, president of Greater Gratiot Development.
Located on approximately 30,000 acres of private land, the project will interconnect into an existing 138 kV transmission line owned by International Transmission Co. The project is being constructed by Livonia, Mich.-based Aristeo Construction.