Wolverine Power Co-op in deal for 150-megawatt solar array

BOISE, Idaho—Officials of the Idaho-based solar farm developer Clēnera LLC and Cadillac-based Wolverine Power Cooperative announced a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) between Wolverine and Clēnera’s affiliate, Gemstone Solar LLC.

Gemstone Solar is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2023, and will deliver 150 MWac (180 MWdc) of clean energy to Wolverine members. Clēnera, a developer of large-scale solar and storage projects, and a subsidiary of Israel-based Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd. (TASE: ENLT), will manage construction and operation of Gemstone Solar.

Wolverine is Michigan’s leader in new renewable energy, currently providing members with power that is 60 percent carbon-free. Wolverine’s current renewable portfolio includes more than 210 megawatts of wind and solar. Wolverine is pleased to continue growing that portfolio with the addition of the Gemstone Solar project.

“Wolverine’s mission is to provide reliable and competitive power to its member cooperatives,: said Eric Baker, president and CEO of Wolverine Power Cooperative. “We are proud to build on our 70-year history with significant additional commitments to responsible, sustainable and carbon-free projects like Gemstone Solar.”

Gemstone Solar will occupy approximately 1,000 acres of land in Cass County, Michigan. Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2023. It is estimated that 350 construction jobs will be created.

Once operational, Gemstone Solar will generate 150 MW of reliable, cost-competitive, and clean energy to Wolverine’s members, generating enough energy to supply more than 24,000 Michigan homes.

“Clēnera has seen great success in Iowa and Indiana over the last several years, so we are excited to partner with Wolverine Power Cooperative to expand into Michigan and provide clean energy to their customers,” commented Jared McKee. “Not only are we increasing renewable energy in the state, we are also seeing significant growth at Clēnera, which Gemstone Solar demonstrates.”

Wolverine Power Cooperative is a generation and transmission cooperative serving the wholesale power supply and transmission needs of seven member-owners: Cherryland Electric Cooperative (Grawn); Great Lakes Energy (Boyne City); HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative (Portland); Midwest Energy & Communications (Cassopolis); Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (Onaway); Spartan Renewable Energy (Cadillac); and Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative (Cadillac). More at www.wolverinepowercooperative.com

Clenera LLC acquires, develops, builds and manages utility-scale solar farms and energy storage facilities throughout the United States. Clēnera has developed and constructed over 1.6 gigawatts of solar projects and provides long-term management of those projects on behalf of third-party owners. The company is developing approximately 50 large-scale solar projects in various stages of development with an approximate capacity of 12 gigawatts, along with 5.5 gigawatts of energy storage projects. Learn more at www.clenera.com.

Traded on the Tel Aviv stock exchange, Enlight is a leading renewable energy company that focuses on initiation, development, financing, construction and operation of renewable energy generation projects. The company operates in Israel, Europe and the United States, with a diversified portfolio of operating projects and projects under construction and pre-construction, with a total generation capacity of 2.2 gigawatts and total energy storage capacity of 500 megawatts. In addition, the company owns an additional 14.8 gigawatt pipeline of generation capacity and 6.9 gigawatt-hours of energy storage pipeline in various stages of development. For more information, visit https://enlightenergy.co.il.

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