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Updated December 15, 2009, 10:01 pm

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EARP Information

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If Consumers Energy’s Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (EARP) is new to you, please read the following important information:

In June 2011, Consumers Energy Company (Consumers Energy or the Company) announced the completion of 102 projects contracted to provide approximately 2,000 kW of solar generated capacity to the Company under the first two phases of the Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (EARP) pilot.  On July 26, 2011, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved an expansion of the EARP.  Beginning in September 2011, customers that generate electricity using solar photovoltaic systems and want to sell it back to the utility for a set price will be able to do so under the program rules described below.

The expanded EARP (Program) is part of the Amended Renewable Energy Plan prepared by Consumers Energy in accordance with Public Act 295 of 2008 (2008 PA 295). 

On May 1, 2012 (Case No. U-16581), the MPSC approved Program amendments recommended by Consumers Energy, effective June 30, 2012.  These amendments include: (i) Program capacity; (ii) selection process guidelines and (iii) pricing for each residential and non-residential allocations.

This Program, prior to the MPSC May 1, 2012 approval, was limited to 3,000 kilowatts (kW) of capacity, with 1,500 kW reserved for residential systems and 1,500 kW reserved for non-residential systems.  Now this Program expansion is limited to 3,250 kW of DC nameplate capacity, with 1,625 kW reserved for residential systems and 1,625 kW reserved for non-residential systems.  Contracts issued under this Program will be awarded over a three-year period which began in the fourth quarter 2011 for non-residential customers and in the first quarter 2012 for residential customers.

How the Program Works:

 – Solicitation of Applications
 – Qualifications  
 – Selection Process  
 – Program Application and Instructions (Sample)   
 – EARP Agreement for Service and Term  
 – Rates and Tariff   
 – Future Solicitation Window(s)   
 – Information Meetings
 Interconnection Process   

Need more information?

EARP Brochure 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  
Contact Program Coordinator