Assembly Solar is projected to generate $20-25 million in property tax revenue over 25 years.
Assembly Solar will create an estimated 321 jobs during construction locally, 2,926 jobs statewide and a handful of permanent maintenance jobs after construction.
The project will be located within a boundary of roughly 1,200 acres of primarily fields and vacant land.
The Assembly Solar project will be constructed to the highest industry standards, including the use of tier 1 solar panels. The solar panels that will be used for the Assembly Solar project do not contain dangerous Gen X or PFAS chemicals. In fact, in 2018, DowDupont – the leading manufacturer of backsheets for tier 1 solar panels – issued a statement confirming that they do not use Gen X or PFAS in their backsheets.
Yes, solar energy is one of the lowest impact forms of energy production. Solar panels are low to the ground, do not produce any greenhouse gas emissions, are virtually noiseless, and do not create odors or harmful byproducts. Solar panels will not release any toxic or hazardous substances into the environment and no such substances are used during operation of the project. They also do not deplete natural resources or cause environmental damage through resource extraction and transportation. In addition, solar panels do not use significant amounts of water during operation, keeping this water available for farming and other activities.
The Assembly Solar Project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 394,000 tons, which is equivalent to taking 77,702 cars off the road.
Solar projects are a temporary use of the land and all project infrastructure will be removed at the end of the life of the Assembly Solar project. Per the land agreements and county requirements, Ranger Power is required to restore the land to its pre-existing condition. In addition, Shiawassee County’s solar ordinance requires Ranger Power to post a bond that will cover the full cost of decommissioning the project and restoring the underlying property prior to the start of construction.
The panels do not produce a great deal of heat, but like any surface, could be warm to the touch on a hot sunny day. The panels would return to ambient temperature at night.
Panels do not create noise. Inverters make a slight hum, which would be inaudible to anyone outside the project area.