Consumers Energy Picks 22 New Solar Projects

JACKSON — Consumers Energy 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,” said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president for energy supply operations. “As anyone can see from the new projects here, we have help from a diverse group of individuals and businesses in developing a renewable energy supply for the future.”

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

Non-residential solar projects selected were Paragon Die & Engineering, Kent County; Monsignor Hackett High School, Kalamazoo County; Bonobo Winery, Grand Traverse County; Pure Mitten Hops, Ottawa County; and West Michigan Sports Commission, Kent County.

Seventeen residential customer projects in 13 counties — Bay, Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gladwin, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Kent, Monroe, Newaygo, Ottawa and Washtenaw — also were selected. The projects will provide about 171 kilowatts of electric capacity, and they range in size from 2.5 to 20 kilowatts.

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

Consumers Energy is on target to meet a state mandate to generate 10 percent of the electricity it supplies from renewable sources by 2015. Those sources include solar and wind energy, biomass, hydroelectric power and anaerobic digestion.

The next phase of the EARP is opening for residential customers. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 6. Learn more at

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. More at

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