We recently selected customer solar projects in Grand Traverse, Jackson, Kent, Ottawa and Saginaw counties as participants in the next phase of our Experimental Advanced Renewable Program. This is the program where we purchase electricity generated by solar energy systems owned by our customers.
These projects are all non-residential and were selected during a random drawing of qualified applicants. The projects are:
- 30 kilowatt (kW) system owned by American Waste & Recycling, Grand Traverse County;
- Three systems ranging from 4.8 kW to 6 kW owned by Ridgewood Vista, Jackson County;
- 150 kW system owned by Byrne Electrical Specialists, Inc., Kent County;
- 23.8 kW system owned by Park Place Apartments, Kent County;
- 20 kW system owned by Reender’s Blueberry Farms LLC, Ottawa County;
- Two systems ranging from 5.7 kW to 6.9 kW owned by Vista Villa Apartments, Saginaw County.
David Ronk, our director of transactions and resource planning, explains that this initiative supports our goal of providing a balanced energy resource. “We’re pleased to work with interested customers on growing solar energy in Michigan,” he said.
Customer installations under earlier phases of the 5,000 kW program have added or are adding approximately 2,300 kW of solar energy to Michigan’s electric system. These 9 customers will join 134 other Consumers Energy electric customers already participating in the Experimental Advanced Renewable Program.