The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities (CBPU) is committed to providing our customers with safe, clean, and reliable utility products and services. As such, the CBPU has taken the initiative to implement the use of solar energy in its operations. They have also worked to ensure that customers have the opportunity to utilize solar energy for their residential needs.
CBPU Solar Field
After demolition of the Midwest Foundry in 1990, the current solar field site sat barren for 27 years and was not being used for any new developments. CBPU leadership had the vision to turn the unused land into a useful space. The area was graded and leveled, which led to the design and construction of the Coldwater Solar Field Park. This project presented a unique opportunity for Coldwater to turn a Brownfield site into a Brightfield site. CBPU is very proud of this project and continues their mission to protect the environment and the investments of their citizens. After making it through the many legalities of utilizing the site, it had to be cleaned up, the ground balanced and new fencing erected. Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources LLC installed the farm under a contract with American Municipal Power of which Coldwater and the Michigan South Central Power Agency (MSCPA) are members.
Marc Gerken, former President & CEO of American Municipal Power who spoke at the solar field open house said, “Solar energy is very cost-effective, solar energy is free. You are looking at a state-of-the-art, clean energy project. You took a brownfield site in the middle of town and turned it into something quite beautiful, and you don’t usually see that. You made lemonade out of lemons here."
Watch the Coldwater Solar Field in Action!
Watchlive updatesof the energy output of our Solar Field, as well as view its effectiveness over the years.
The CBPU is committed to helping customers learn about clean energy. Dedicated resources have been created to help residents evaluate if solar energy is a good fit for their residential needs. For more information, please see the resources below.