Holcim US is installing a 25-MW solar array at its cement plant in Alpena, Mich., which will help the facility self-generate 75% of its electric power needs with green energy.
“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, procurement at Holcim. “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.”
NorthStar Clean Energy will implement the solar solution, which is anticipated to reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by 25,000 tons annually and produce more than 30% of its current energy demand. Holcim is expected to receive 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 system will begin this year with commercial operations expected to begin in late 2024.