Environmental Impact

Clean renewable solar energy generates affordable, reliable energy without producing air pollution or greenhouse gases. Unlike fossil fuels, solar energy results in no carbon pollution or emissions that cause respiratory and other health problems, and do not release heavy metals or acid gases.

The White Tail Solar Project will reduce emissions by 219,675.4 tons of CO2. That is equivalent to taking 47,756 cars off the road.

The site will feature grass and seed mixes below panels and within the site that will help build soil nutrients and reduce fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide use. The facility will create pollinator habitat as well as possible opportunities for grazing. Reduced stormwater runoff and soil erosion due to increased water infiltration from permanent vegetation on the land hosting solar panels can improve downstream water quality.

White Tail will be designed to generate clean power for Michiganders for up to 25 years. At the end of project life, facilities will be removed, and the land will be available for agricultural use.

Sources:
1. Economic Impact of the White Tail Solar Energy Project by Anderson Economic Group, March 2019
2. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle by the Environmental Protection Agency

A Community-First Approach

A strong partnership with local residents is key, which is why Ranger Power takes a community-first approach by directly engaging residents through personal outreach. While the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing in-person community meetings and forums, Ranger Power is still available to answer questions over the phone or by email.