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Solar Power and Landowners

Landowners and Consumers Energy: Working Together to Create Michigan's Solar Energy Future

Submit Your Land for Consideration

8,000 Megawatts of Solar by 2040


The Path to a Renewable Future

Our Clean Energy Plan is a 20-year blueprint to eliminate coal, and dramatically boost the amount of electricity we generate from clean, renewable sources.

Solar Energy: A Key Part of Our Plan

We plan to add 8,000 megawatts of competitively bid, utility-scale solar power by 2040 — when solar power will comprise more than half of our electric capacity.

Landowners Play an Important Role

Generating large amounts of clean, renewable solar energy requires large tracts of land. We’re searching for tens of thousands of acres in Michigan. Your land could play a key role in our clean energy transformation.

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Clean, Cost-Effective Energy

Solar offers environmental benefits, and is increasingly cost competitive. We can add solar generation gradually to meet Michigan’s changing energy needs without building a large, new fossil fuel power plant.

We’ve already begun adding more clean, renewable, solar-generated electricity and plan to bring 1,100 megawatts of solar capacity online by 2024.

We currently buy our solar energy through a competitive bidding process where solar developers, including Consumers Energy itself, bid projects to sell us the power or the entire project.


Working with Farmers to Bring More Solar to Michigan


Michigan farmer standing in a field soon to be used to generate clean, reliable solar energy

Michigan Farmers Play an Important Role

For 135 years, we’ve worked alongside farmers to create economic prosperity while protecting the natural resources we all cherish. Solar power is the next chapter in our long, fruitful partnership.

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In 1927, we extended a power line seven miles to bring electricity to farms in south-central Michigan.

At the time, the technology was new and not everyone was sold on the change. Only a dozen families initially signed on for service from the historic power line from Mason to Dansville.historical photo

Those early adopters, though, reaped the life-changing benefits of electricity — everything from washing clothes to pumping water and milking cows got quicker, easier and cheaper. Their neighbors scrambled to catch up and, a decade later, our company had more than 10,000 miles of rural lines serving 40,000 customers.

Today, Consumers Energy and Michigan’s farmers have another chance to change life for the better.

We’re planning to add 8,000 megawatts of competitively bid, utility-scale solar power by 2040 — and our plan won’t succeed fully without support from farmers.

Generating large amounts of solar energy requires significant tracts of land — between five and 10 acres per megawatt of electricity — that’s flat, open and treeless with direct access to the sun. As we search for thousands of acres of land, we're considering potential locations such as farm fields — including those less ideal for growing crops — brownfield sites and state and recreational lands. What does this opportunity mean for Michigan’s farm community? We understand what land means to farmers, many of whom have operated their businesses for several generations. While some may feel ready to sell their acreage, others may want to enter into long-term easement agreements so the property can return to agricultural use at the conclusion of solar energy production. In some cases, solar and agriculture might co-exist on the same property.

Our goal is to meet Michigan’s farmers where they are to start a conversation about mutually beneficial solutions. Solar power can make the same positive and historic impact. I hope we can work together to create new economic possibilities for farmers and a brighter energy future for Michigan.

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Interested in Submitting Land for Solar?


If you have land you think could play a part in Michigan's Solar Energy Future, please submit this form and we'll be in touch.

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