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Construction of Michigan's largest commercial-scale wind farm near Ubly, has been successfully completed. According to John Deere Renewables and Consumers Energy, Michigan Wind I went into commercial operation Dec. 16. Plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony are under way, and details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Michigan Wind I is part of the former Noble Thumb Windpark, which John Deere Renewables acquired from Noble Environmental Power in October 2008. The project consists of 46 GE SLE wind turbines and has a total capacity of 69 MW.

"The combined efforts of the project team at John Deere Wind Energy, RMT, GE, Noble, Energy Works and Consumers Energy made this happen," says David Drescher, vice president of John Deere Wind Energy.

Consumers Energy will be purchasing the power produced by Michigan Wind I. The electricity purchase supports the utility's Green Generation program.

SOURCE: John Deere Renewables

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