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Jackson, Mich.-based Consumers Energy has chosen solar projects planned by five business and 16 residential customers to move forward as part of the utility's ongoing implementation of Michigan's energy reform law.

The random-selection process for these qualified applicants is part of the utility's Experimental Advanced Renewables Program. According to Consumers Energy, the program provides for the long-term purchase of renewable energy generated by solar energy systems owned by the utility's electric customers.

Business customers planning a solar project and selected during this phase include the following: Midland Professional Suites Condominium in Midland County; East Lansing Food Co-op in Ingham County; Melching Inc. in Muskegon County; Peninsula Market LLC in Grand Traverse County; and Schock Holdings LLC in Muskegon County. The customer-owned projects range in electric capacity from 4 kWto 150 kW.

Residential customer-initiated solar projects in 12 Lower Peninsula counties were also selected during this phase of the program.    

The residential customer projects will be located in the following counties: Arenac, Calhoun, Clinton, Grand Traverse, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Kent, Lenawee, Midland, Muskegon and Washtenaw. The projects range in electricity capacity from 2 kW to 20 kW.

"We're pleased to continue to implement this program as part of Michigan's forward-looking energy law. This initiative supports Consumers Energy's goal of providing a balanced energy resource for our customers," says David Ronk, Consumers Energy's director of transactions and resource planning.

Customer installations under earlier phases of the 5,250 kW program have added, or are adding, approximately 2,600 kW of solar energy to Michigan's electric system, the utility explains. These 21 customers will join 170 other Consumers Energy electric customers already participating in the Experimental Advanced Renewable Program. 





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