Holcim Uses Solar at Michigan Plant  - Smart Energy Decisions

Industrial, Solar  -  June 15, 2023

Holcim Uses Solar at Michigan Plant 

Holcim US announced its northeast Michigan cement plant will be powered by solar energy.

The cement plant in Alpena, Michigan, will use solar and existing renewable energy efforts, resulting in the self-generation of 75% of its electric power needs with green energy.

The solar project's 25 MW solar array will be optimized for maximum energy yield with fixed-tilt, high-performance, bifacial solar panels while NorthStar Clean Energy will implement the solar solution.

The solar project will reduce the plant's CO2 emissions by approximately 25,000 tons annually and produce over 30% of its current energy demand. Holcim is expected to receive approximately 35,000 MWh of clean power from the project per year under a Solar Equipment Service Contract with a minimum term of 20 years.

Construction of the renewable energy system will begin this year. Commercial operations are expected to begin in December 2024.

"The solar project on 100 acres of Holcim's Alpena property is another powerful example of the investment we are willing to make to address sustainability with urgency," said Atl Martinez, Vice President of Procurement at Holcim, in a statement. "With new initiatives launching across the U.S., Holcim's momentum to transform our operations, lower our carbon footprint and reach net zero has never been greater."

The announcement follows the recent opening of a tire-derived fuel (TDF) facility at Holcim's Alpena plant. The company invested $7.4 million to convert 22,000 tons of tires annually into energy to help fuel the plant. 

Holcim has pledged to power all of its U.S. operations with 100% renewable energy by 2030.

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