Thorn Lake Solar
Proposed solar project in Manchester Township, Michigan
Solar energy developed with the highest standards.
AES’ Thorn Lake Solar project is a proposed solar farm that that will incorporate the most advanced solar energy technologies, is designed to minimize impact on the local environment, and will support Michigan’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Michigan homes powered with solar electricity
developed on privately-owned land
Located in Manchester Township, Michigan
Provides clean energy to Consumers Energy customers
35-year project life span
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The Thorn Lake Solar Project will deliver both environmental and economic benefits to the citizens and communities of Washtenaw County. The project was studied extensively, carefully planned, and will have no negative impact on regulated wetlands; threatened or endangered species; or cultural/historical resources.
of carbon-free electricity each year
of CO2 emissions expected to be offset each year, equivalent to the emissions generated by 6,000 cars driven in one year
Expected to generate more than $5 million in tax revenue for Manchester Township, local schools, and Washtenaw County over the life of the project. Local schools would receive over 50% of the tax revenue.
Expected to create 150 jobs during peak construction, and four jobs during operational phase
AES is committed to being a good neighbor to the Manchester Township community. We value our relationships with local partners and community members, and we work diligently to maximize the positive impact our clean energy projects have on local communities. Our projects are intentionally developed to create lasting positive benefits for landowners and to create significant economic opportunities in the community over the life of the project, without burdening existing infrastructure.
This is why we collaborate with a broad cross section of community leaders from government, local business, education, social services and residents to identify opportunities where AES can provide financial support, volunteerism, and other types of partnership to support high-impact initiatives, programs and institutions in the local communities.
AES Community Engagement to Date:
- Member of the Manchester and Brooklyn Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce
- Manchester Chicken Broil Sponsor two years in a row
- Donated to the Manchester Resource Community Food Bank
- Donated to the Brooklyn Manchester Trail feasibility study
- Hosted virtual open houses for the community in April 2021 and 2022