Customer Solar Projects Selected For Consumers Energy Program; Ongoing Implementation Of State's Energy Law

    Customer Solar Projects Selected For Consumers Energy Program; Ongoing
                     Implementation Of State's Energy Law

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., March 26, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Solar projects planned by 13
residential customers have been selected to move forward as part of Consumers
Energy'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 Renewable Program. The program provides for
the long-term purchase of renewable energy generated by solar energy systems
owned by the utility's electric customers.

Residential customer-initiated solar projects in 10 Lower Peninsula counties
were selected during this phase of the program. The residential customer
projects will be located in the following counties: Arenac, Benzie, Calhoun,
Genesee, Hillsdale, Jackson, Leelanau, Montcalm, Ogemaw and Saginaw. The
customer-owned projects range in electricity capacity from 1 kilowatt to 20

Consumers Energy will also be conducting an information session on April 2,
2013 at Grand Valley State University for anyone interested in learning about
customer-installed solar energy systems. The session will be held at the
Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon. The session is
free of charge, open to the public and will take place from 5:30 PM until 8:30

Speakers during the session will provide information on how customers can
install their own solar energy systems as part of Consumers Energy's
Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (EARP), enabled by Michigan's energy
reform law. Reservations for this session and information about the program
are available at

This session will begin two new phases of the program and will begin accepting
applications from electric non-residential and residential customers on April
1, 2013. Applications will be due May 8, 2013.

Consumers Energy's program currently has contracts in place to purchase
renewable energy from 181 customer-owned solar generators as part of the
utility's renewable energy plan.

More information on the Experimental Advanced Renewable Program is available

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS),
provides natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million
residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information about Consumers Energy, visit our Website at

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: Dan Bishop, 517/788-2395, or Roger Morgenstern, 616/530-4364
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