Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia, is developing Azalia Solar, a 150 MW facility that is expected to generate enough homegrown Michigan energy to power up to 26,400 homes per year. Situated in rural Monroe County, on remote private land with access to existing transmission lines, the location is highly suitable for a solar energy project.

A Clean Economic Opportunity for Monroe County

Azalia Solar offers a new source of economic development, with long-term local tax revenue for schools, government services, and public infrastructure. The power from Azalia Solar will be delivered onto Michigan’s electrical grid, helping diversify the state’s energy portfolio.

Solar power is one of the most cost-effective sources of electricity available today, and its ability to generate power at peak times helps reduce electricity costs for all consumers.

In addition to creating direct and indirect jobs during construction and operations, Azalia Solar offers a new opportunity in Monroe County for companies seeking to grow their business in areas with access to renewable power.

Local Economic Benefits

• Enough power for about 26,400 U.S. homes (150 MW)
• A typical 150 MW solar project will pay at least $400,000 in local, county, and school district taxes per year, totaling millions of dollars over the 25+ year lifetime of the project
• Azalia Solar could bring between 125 and 200 jobs to the area during the construction phase; 2 direct, long-term, local jobs for project operations; and additional work to local subcontractors for site maintenance
• Taxpayers are protected against decommissioning costs
• Existing high-voltage power lines limit the need for new infrastructure
• Low panel height limits visibility to neighbors and nearby roads