You won’t find us complaining about the wind much these days. Not since we added two wind energy parks to our renewable energy portfolio. Cross Winds® Energy Park in Tuscola County and Lake Winds® Energy Park in Mason County add more than 200 megawatts capacity to our supply. In addition to clean, perpetual power, the wind parks generate thousands of dollars in new tax revenue for local communities.
Want to tap into solar energy without adding solar panels to your home or business? Here’s your chance. We have a program that lets customers participate in renewable energy without investing time and resources. It’s called Solar Gardens. Customers who enroll in the program can earn a credit on their bill, based on how much energy is produced at the solar facilities. Solar Gardens at Grand Valley State and Western Michigan universities will produce around 4 megawatts of electricity.
Here’s how it works. You subscribe by the ½ kilowatt “SolarBlock” of capacity, with an average home needing about 10-12 blocks. You pay an additional monthly fee to cover the cost of building and maintaining the solar garden. Learn More.