The Eagle Creek Solar Park will be located in Saginaw County, west of the town of St. Charles, in Fremont and Brant Townships. Its namesake, Eagle Creek, flows nearby. The solar park will complement the area’s agricultural resources, providing farmers with a stable, weather-resistant cash crop in the form of landowner lease payments. Eagle Creek Solar Park will also generate millions of dollars in payments to local governments through the life of the project, benefiting schools, health and fire departments, and the townships and county.
Eagle Creek Solar Park will have an installed capacity of 120 megawatts (MW). Eagle Creek's generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 45,000 Michigan homes.
Eagle Creek Solar Park will yield significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Eagle Creek will represent capital investments of approximately $250 million. This investments will disperse millions in cumulative payments to local governments through the life of the project. Eagle Creek will also represent $30 million in taxes being paid to support local schools and community services. Hundreds of construction jobs would be created as well as multiple permanent jobs during the operational phase of the project.
Eagle Creek Solar Park will save more than 152 million gallons of water each year and displaces carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants, a major contributor to climate change. Solar energy also enhances air quality by helping to mitigate the health effects of harmful air pollutants.
Eagle Creek Solar Park will be compatible with other land uses and will provide a stable form of income to local landowners. More than $46 million will be paid to the solar park’s landowners and neighbors through the life of the project.
Eagle Creek Solar Park will contribute to the United States' energy security and help diversify our nation's energy supply.
Eagle Creek Solar Park will consist of state-of-the-art, bifacial tracking PV panels on a site of approximately 850 acres. Photovoltaic solar cells have no moving parts and convert sunlight directly into electricity via the photoelectric effect. This direct-current electricity is then collected, transformed into alternating-current, and finally enters the electrical grid through a substation after being converted to the proper voltage.