Mendon hears presentation on solar panels project

A pair of company officials from Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy staged an informational session Tuesday before the Mendon Township planning commission.

David Shifflin, Michigan project manager, and Kara Bakke, Geronimo’s permitting specialist, said the gathering was a courtesy to the township officials whose ultimate recommendation will likely determine the fate of an ordinance related to the presence of solar panels in Mendon Township.

Information covered in their 25-minute presentation was consistent with project details provided during a February open-house session at Mendon High School. Shifflin, noted that good decisions can only be made based on good, factual information.

Township officials have not said when they expect to act on the proposed ordinance. Geronimo officials, meanwhile, have not indicated when the company plans to submit a request seeking the development of an ordinance.

The proposed White Pine Solar Project is slated for an area on the north side of Prairie Corners Road, on both sides of Bucknell Road. Geronimo has purchased the property from Lyle Schmidt in hopes of developing a 20-megawatt project that officials said will generate more than $6 million in local tax revenue over a 25-year period.

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