Burns & McDonnell begins work on the utility’s first large-scale solar project


Burns & McDonnell has begun work on a new 297 MW power plantDC photovoltaic installation for Consumers Energy, the company’s first large-scale photovoltaic project. The project, scheduled for completion in 2026, is a key part of Consumers Energy’s plan to add 8,000 MW of utility-scale solar by 2040.

Burns & McDonnell is leading the project using an integrated engineer-procure-construct (EPC) approach. The company’s integrated EPC scope also includes construction permits, substation construction and interconnections. The Burns & McDonnell team includes AZCO, the company’s unionized independent construction arm, working closely with local and other union workers throughout Michigan.

“We are excited to work with local commercial companies and labor unions throughout Michigan to build solar installations across the state,” said Drew Powers, construction project manager at Burns & McDonnell. “This project not only helps Consumers Energy advance renewable energy, but also supports the local economy.”

Located on 1,900 acres, the Muskegon Solar Energy Center is expected to generate enough energy to power approximately 40,000 homes annually.

“Consumers Energy has some of the most ambitious clean energy goals in the country, and implementing projects like this gives us a clear path to achieving them,” said David Hicks, vice president of clean energy development at Consumers Energy. “Every project we bring online helps lower our customers’ bills in the long run, while providing significant tax revenue to the community and better serving our planet. This is a win for everyone and we are proud to partner with Burns & McDonnell to bring this project to fruition.”

Some key project components include First Solar Series 7 modules, Array Technology trackers, Siemens Gamesa inverters, and Shoals Technologies Group and CAB Solar Cable Management tools.

“We are excited to help build solar power and ensure low energy costs and renewable energy penetration in the great state of Michigan,” said Scott Newland, senior vice president of infrastructure at Burns & McDonnell.

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