Energy provider to buy back more energy generated by solar power systems

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 11:08 AM
posted by rene5432

Consumers Energy, based in Jackson, Michigan, plans to buy back more renewable energy generated by customer-owned solar power systems through its Experimental Advanced Renewable Program, the Detroit News reports.

This popular program previously run by the company allows customers who buy solar power installations independent of the energy company to sign a 15-year agreement with Consumers Energy to sell energy the installations generate back to the utility. Energy-generating consumers have until the end of August to apply for the program.

Customers will get 25.9 cents per kilowatt-hour for the first 125 kilowatts sold, said Dan Bishop, a spokesman for Consumers Energy, in an interview with the publication. This rate is down slightly from the last round of the program.

Thanks to the Experimental Advanced Renewable Program, the company has added 2 megawatts of electricity through 102 locations throughout Michigan. Solar panels at these homes and businesses are typically found on roofs on in yards. Consumers Energy hopes to add an additional 3 megawatts to the grid through this round of the program.

According to the company, Consumers Energy provides power to 6.8 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in the form of natural gas and electricity.

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