Michigan homeowners can now apply for solar programs
Residential electric customers of Traverse City, Michigan, who receive their electricity from Consumers Energy are now able to submit applications to take part in the next phase of the electricity provider's Experimental Advanced Renewable Program.
The program will allow residential customers to learn more about self-installed solar energy systems, beginning with an informational session at the Aero Park campus of Northwestern Michigan College. The program will allow customers to sell electricity generated by privately owned solar installations back to Consumers Energy for a fixed price during a 15-year period. The applications will be accepted through July 5, 2012.
The company will have the capacity to take in 140 contracts for customer-owned solar systems, established by the energy provider's Renewable Energy Plan. Consumers Energy is an offshoot of CMS Energy, which provides electricity to roughly 6.8 million residents in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
Across the country, residents are seeing more options that allow them to sell their surplus energy generated by residential solar systems. As more utilities put in place programs similar to Consumers' plan, this efficient process will likely pick up.