CMS Energy has acquired a 51 per cent stake in 525 MW Aviator wind energy project located in Texas, US. The wind project is expected to start operations by fall 2020. The wind farm will be operated by CMS Enterprises, a subsidiary of CMS Energy that develops, owns and operates utility-scale renewable energy projects. CMS Energy purchased the wind project’s majority stake from funds managed by Ares Management Corporation. The power generated from this project will be purchased by Facebook and McDonald’s to achieve their clean energy goals.
The purchase of power from the Aviator wind project will help Facebook reach its goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent and support 100 per cent of its operations with renewable energy in 2020. Commenting on the development, Emma Cox, sustainability manager for McDonald’s said, “Through this project, we are able to significantly generate progress toward our Climate Action Target to reduce emissions related to McDonald’s restaurants and offices by 36 per cent by 2030.”
CMS Energy develops, owns and operates utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage projects across the US. Recently, it started operating the 105 MW Northwest Ohio wind project that sells clean energy to General Motors. It now has a power generation capacity of 1,800 MW and owns and operates 11 independent power plants across the US.