Major Solar Projects For Midwestern U.S.

Tenaska has announced that Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) has been selected to develop 14 solar projects in the Midwest region of the United States. Tenaska is a major, private energy company, headquartered in the United States. CEI invest in utility-scale clean energy assets in North America and Europe. CEI is a subsidiary of Capital Dynamics, a global asset management firm, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland.

The 14 solar projects will be located in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota and have a total capacity of 2,000 MW. The solar projects will be integrated into the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market. The MISO is a not-for-profit member-based organization that ensures reliable, low cost delivery of electricity across fifteen U.S. states and one Canadian province. MISO manages approximately 65,000 miles of high voltage transmission and 200,000 MW of power-generating resources in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and the province of Manitoba.

Utilities across are abandoning coal-fueled power plants for clean, renewable energy like wind and solar. The cost for electricity ($/kWh) from wind and solar are now cheaper than electricity generated from any form of fossil fuel, including natural gas. In my opinion, all utilities around the world should be aggressively moving from fossil fuel to renewable energy for environmental and economic reasons.

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