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Michigan-based utility Consumers Energy has selected 31 solar power projects offered by businesses, homeowners and nonprofit groups across Michigan's Lower Peninsula to supply renewable energy to customers.

Consumers Energy says the suppliers were chosen as part of the utility'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 utility notes.

According to Consumers Energy, 15 non-residential customer projects in nine counties were selected during the program's most recent phase. The projects, ranging in size from 5 kW to 150 kW, will provide 663 kW of electric capacity.

In addition, Consumers Energy reports that 16 residential customer projects in 12 counties were selected. The projects, ranging in size from 2 kW to 18 kW, will provide 177 kW of electric capacity.

The utility adds that the next phase of EARP will open Jan. 2 for residential customers. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 5 to be considered.

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