By Sara Powers

ONEKAMA, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy has reached an agreement to purchase electricity from a solar energy project planned for the site of a former golf course in northwestern Michigan.

The Jackson-based utility announced the agreement for 30 megawatts from Heathlands Solar. The Michigan Public Service Commission must approve the deal.

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Michigan-based Prism Power Partners is developing and building the project on the former Heathlands Golf Course in Manistee County’s Onekama. It is scheduled to start operating by the end of 2022.

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Heathlands Solar will have a total capacity of 30 megawatts, enough to power about 15,000 homes, Consumers Energy said.

Under the proposed agreement, the utility would purchase the power for 20 years.

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