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BWL looks to solar energy

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

The Lansing Board of Water and Light wants to build Michigan’s largest solar power facility.

BWL officials say they want to contract with companies or organizations to build a solar power facility to generate up to five megawatts of electricity. Altogether the project could potentially be five times bigger than the next largest solar array in the state.

BWL’s proposal is a little vague on specifics, including where a facility would be located.

A utility spokesman says the project could provide enough electricity to power 2500 homes.

Right now, 6% of BWL‘s retail electric generation comes from renewable sources. A utility spokesman says they hope, as the solar project moves forward, it will help BWL reach the state's goal of 10% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2015. 

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