Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA), a renewable energy and civil Infrastructure construction company, has been granted a $49 million contract for the Deerfield II Wind Farm in Michigan. The award is for developing a utility-scale wind farm in Huron County, Michigan, with a capacity of roughly 110 megawatts.
The project was given to White Construction, a subsidiary of IEA that handles utility-scale renewable energy and heavy civil Infrastructure projects, by Algonquin Power & Utilities, a North American renewable energy, and regulated utility business. Construction is set to begin in April 2022.
IEA will handle all aspects of the project’s engineering, procurement, and construction, including installing a 41-mile collecting system, 5.5 miles of private access roads, a substation, a meteorological evaluation tower, and the structure of 21 wind turbine generators. In addition, the project is being planned with the natural environment in mind, avoiding or reducing effects to wetlands and streams, optimizing the protection of existing drainage systems and local vegetation, and conducting site-specific bird conservation methods.
“IEA built the first phase of Deerfield in 2016, and we are proud to partner again with Algonquin and increase Michigan’s wind resources,” said Chris Hanson, IEA’s executive VP of renewable energy. Huron County, where the Deerfield II Wind Farm is being built, has the most wind turbines deployed of any county in the state, at 472. Sanilac and Tuscola Counties and Huron County make up the “Michigan’s Thumb” region, which accounts for 59 percent of the state’s total power generation. In addition, IEA has built more than 20 GW of renewable energy projects in North America to date.