In our latest Inovateus Solar project update, we’re happy to report that work on the first portion of the 58 MW DC (48 MWAC) Lapeer, MI, solar farm north of Detroit has progressed significantly since our update a month ago. More than 11,368 posts already have been installed, supporting over 3,374 racking systems equipped with nearly 68,000 solar panels. As a result, the initial construction site has officially surpassed the 50% completion point.
While it’s great to see the first segment of the project racing toward the finish line, we’re on to our next milestone. Just last week the Inovateus sign was placed on the second construction site of the Lapeer project, a 165-acre site only a few miles away from its sister Iocation.
We will be building a 24 MWDC (20 MWAC) solar power plant there, which will use some 88,000 Canadian Solar panels to harness the power of the Michigan sun for one of the state’s major utilities. The Inovateus team will be working alongside its construction partners, J. Ranck Electric and Barton Malow, continuing the close collaboration we have enjoyed during the first phase of the project.
The second site has started to rumble, literally, as earthmovers have arrived and begun to prepare the ground for installation of the solar arrays, power conversion stations, and electrical balance of systems. We remain on track to complete the entire turnkey project by the end of 2016.
Considering the challenges, we’re proud of how our team is making excellent progress on what will be the largest solar power plant in Michigan and one of the largest solar projects east of the Mississippi.
Watch this space for more project updates from Lapeer and other sites in the months ahead.
By Jordan Richardson, Project Manager, Inovateus Solar