Michigan Utility Consumers Energy Adding Solar Power from 22 Commercial and Residential Projects

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Consumers Energy announces it’s chosen 22 new projects offered by businesses and homeowners across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to produce solar energy. With the 200 contracts for solar power already in place, these will help the utility achieve its goal of using renewable sources for 10% of the electricity it supplies by 2015.

Solar is not just for sunny California or solar-friendly New Jersey. People all over the country want more solar power, and Michigan is no exception.

Consumers Energy is helping to satisfy that desire. One of the nation’s largest combination utilities, the company provides electric and natural gas service to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents.

 

Today, the company announced it has chosen 22 new projects offered by businesses and homeowners across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to produce solar energy.

 

“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.

 

The projects were chosen as part of the company’s Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (EARP). The program provides for the long-term purchase of renewable energy generated by solar energy systems owned by electric customers.

 

The projects span a diverse group of individuals and businesses.

 

Five non-residential projects in four counties were selected. The projects will provide 546 kW of electric capacity, and they range in size from 21 to 150 kW.

 

On the residential side, 17 customer projects in 13 counties were selected. The projects, ranging in size from 2.5 to 20 kW, will provide about 171 kW of electric capacity.

 

Consumers Energy says it’s on target to use renewable sources for 10% of the electricity it supplies by 2015. Those sources include solar and wind energy, biomass, hydroelectric power, and anaerobic digestion.

 

Solar projects selected by Consumers Energy include:

 

  • Paragon Die & Engineering, Kent County

  • Monsignor Hackett High School, Kalamazoo County

  • Bonobo Winery, Grand Traverse County

  • Pure Mitten Hops, Ottawa County

  • West Michigan Sports Commission, Kent County