Utility breaks ground on $200M energy park
Work has begun to build a major energy park in the region.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday at the site of the $200-million Holland Energy Park.
The 26-acre site is on the border of the city of Holland and Holland Township, just north of Eighth Street at Fairbanks Avenue.
Construction is expected to finish in early 2017.
“The important conversation about energy that has taken place in our community for most of a decade has brought us to today,” said David Koster, general manager, Holland Board of Public Works, a community-owned utility serving the area. “This is an exceptional community that undertook an exceptional process. Now our task is to carry out the will of the community with the creation of an exception facility.”
On hand at the groundbreaking ceremony were Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra and partners of the project, including HDR, Barton Malow and Siemens Energy.
The engineering, procurement and construction contract with Southfield-based Barton Malow was approved by the Holland Board of Public Works and Holland City Council in January for the new facility that will replace the James De Young Power Plant.
The new gas combined-cycle power plant will produce up to 145 megawatts of power, while operating 50 percent more efficiently than the plant it replaces.
The energy park will also reduce the carbon emissions by 50 percent and provide an open public space integrating with the Macatawa Greenway trail system.
The location had been used as a dumping site for several years and has gone through soil remediation to prepare it for its next life.
“The Holland Energy Park will serve our community as a resource, a gateway and a destination,” Koster said. “This is a very exciting beginning.”