Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, and subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), has selected 22 new projects offered by businesses and homeowners across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to produce onsite solar power.
“We continue to see a healthy interest in solar energy from the Michigan residents and businesses we serve, and we’re pleased to add these to the more than 200 contracts for solar power we already have in place,” said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy’s Vice President for Energy Supply Operations.
Consumers Energy chose five non-residential projects in four counties: Kent, Kalamazoo, Grand Traverse, and Ottawa. Combined, the projects will provide 546-kW of total electric capacity. In addition, 17 residential customer projects in 13 counties were also selected: Bay, Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gladwin, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Kent, Monroe, Newaygo, Ottawa and Washtenaw. The residential projects will provide about 171-kW of electric capacity.
Customers were chosen as part of the company’s Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (EARP). The program provides long-term purchase of renewable energy produced by solar systems.
Consumers Energy is on target to use 10 percent renewable sources by 2015. Sources include solar and wind energy, biomass, hydroelectric power and anaerobic digestion.
Consumers Energy provides natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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