Solar panel project in White Pigeon Township

Consumers Energy plans to install about 700 solar panels covering 1.5 acres at its natural gas compression station on “A” Road in White Pigeon Township.

Company officials said the goal is to save on power cost.

The White Pigeon compressor station is one of eight in the Consumers Energy system that helps to transport natural gas throughout the state. Indiana-Michigan Power now supplies electricity to run the compressor station.

The $900,000 solar project will lower Consumers White Pigeon’s electric bills by 40 percent, saving customers about $60,000 a year collectively, company officials said.

The solar array will store power in a battery and not produce power for sale to the grid. The solar farm will generate electricity solely to help run the eight compressors at the station, Consumers officials said.

It is scheduled to go online in spring 2022.

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