Customer-initiated solar projects in Michigan’s Kent, Saginaw and Jackson counties have been selected as participants in the next phase of Consumers Energy’s Experimental Advanced Solar Renewable Program.
The program provides for the long-term purchase of renewable energy generated by solar energy systems owned by the utility’s electric customers.
The three projects are all non-residential and recently were selected during a random drawing of qualified applicants.
The three projects are:
- A 24-kilowatt (kW) system owned by the City of Saginaw to be constructed on its Department of Public Works building.
- A 150-kW system owned by the City of Jackson to be constructed at its wastewater treatment plant.
- A 10-kW system owned by the Blue Water Grill in Grand Rapids. The Blue Water Grill is part of the Gilmore Collection.
“We are pleased to work with interested customers on growing solar energy in Michigan,” said David Ronk, Consumers Energy’s director of transactions and resource planning.
“This initiative supports Consumers Energy’s goal of providing a balanced energy resource for our customers.”
Consumers Energy’s Experimental Advanced Renewable Program recently was expanded to include an additional 3 megawatts following approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission.
Customer installations under earlier phases of the program added 2 megawatts of solar energy, resulting from solar panel installations at 102 locations throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
For details about the Experimental Advanced Renewable Program, visit www.consumersenergy.com/EARP.