Suniva Powers Solar Project For GVSU, Consumers Energy

ALLENDALE — Suniva, Inc., a Norcross, Ga.-based maker of solar power cells and modules, announced the groundbreaking of Michigan’s largest community solar project, a partnership of Grand Valley State University and Consumers Energy’s Solar Gardens program.

The three-megawatt solar array, powered by Suniva, is the first of its kind for Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility. The array will span across 17 acres at Grand Valley’s Allendale campus, near 48th Avenue and Luce Street. The university will also participate in the Solar Gardens program as a customer.

“This project represents a cornerstone for our new Solar Gardens program, providing an avenue for customers to participate in the development of renewable energy that helps us continue to power homes and businesses across our state,” said Dan Malone, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of energy resources.

Added Matt Card, vice president, global sales and marketing of Suniva: “The maturing U.S. market continues to validate the value of our high-density solar modules. We are very pleased that we can continue to give back to the US solar marketplace and the domestic economy, through the continued creation of U.S. jobs. We are proud of our eight years of growth in Georgia and now, Michigan.”

Last month Suniva announced the expansion of manufacturing capacity at its Georgia headquarters to 400 megawatts of solar panels per year. This expansion came just one year after the opening of its second U.S.-based solar plant in Saginaw Township.

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