Consumers Energy Moving to Develop Renewable Energy with Community Solar Program in Michigan

Potential Sites: Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University

Aug 17, 2015, 06:11 ET from Consumers Energy

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy is moving forward with plans to add new sources of renewable energy in Michigan, launching its community solar program called Solar Gardens.

Solar Gardens is the first program of its kind for Consumers Energy, and customers will be able to participate. Grand Valley State University in Ottawa County and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo County are potential sites for solar facilities that could start operating next year.

"We are excited to be making progress as we seek to develop new sources of renewable energy," said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy's vice president for energy supply operations. "We look forward to watching Solar Gardens grow as we continue our relationship with Michigan residents to protect and preserve the environment."

Consumers Energy customers can start enrolling in the Solar Gardens program later this year. They can express interest and learn more about how to support solar energy online at

Consumers Energy has been active in developing renewable energy sources in Michigan. Last year, the company reached its target of generating 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources a year ahead of schedule. That includes two wind farms, one near Lake Michigan and one in the Thumb, and contracts to buy electricity generated by wind, landfill gas, anaerobic digestion and hydroelectric generation.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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