Homes chosen for next phase of residential solar program
Residential solar projects in 14 Michigan counties will be a part of the next phase of Consumers Energy's Experimental Advanced Renewable program.
The program will be used to help residents make long-term decisions regarding the use of renewable solar energy, using systems owned by utilities. Each project was chosen at random from a group of qualified applicants.
The 14 projects range in size of electricity capacity from 1.3 kilowatts to 15 kilowatts.
"We're pleased to work with interested customers on growing solar energy in Michigan. This initiative supports Consumers Energy's goal of providing a balanced energy resource for our customers," said David Ronk, Consumers Energy's director of transactions and resource planning.
The early phases of the program have already added 2,700 kilowatts of solar energy to Michigan's electric grid, while the program hopes to create a total of 5,000 kilowatts through solar energy.
According to the Michigan Energy Office, Michigan communities have only recently jumped on the opportunity to derive power from residential solar installations, but several programs have been established to increase use of the renewable energy source.