Throughout the day on Sunday August 30, 2020, area farmers, landowners, and their families from across the Isabella Wind project area visited a project staging area south of Beal City to sign their name on one of the wind turbine blades to be installed as part of the largest wind farm ever built in the State of Michigan.
They were joined by Isabella Wind representatives and other community leaders to celebrate the project’s construction. Over the course of 10 hours, over 300 people had personally left their mark on one of Isabella Wind’s 204-foot-long turbine blades, which will soon be installed at the facility.
“This was a special opportunity for the people who truly made this project possible to see a blade up close and literally leave their mark on the project,” said Albert Jongewaard, Development Manager with Apex Clean Energy. “While we had to organize the event a bit differently due to safety restrictions, it was wonderful to see families come together, kids laughing, and people sharing personal stories of what the project means to them and how happy they are to see it underway.”
Isabella Wind is a 385 MW wind energy project with 136 wind turbines being constructed across multiple townships in Isabella County. The project is the largest ever built in the state of Michigan and will be owned and operated by DTE upon the completion of construction later this year. Once operational, it will generate enough home-grown Michigan clean energy to power about 92,000 homes.
Over its lifetime the project is expected to generate more than $30 million in tax revenue for the local community and approximately $100 million in landowner payments. Hundreds of jobs have been created by the project during the construction process, employing local and national contractors and pumping additional revenue into local area businesses.