Customer Solar Projects Selected For Consumers Energy Program; Includes General Motors And Courter Farms Land

   Customer Solar Projects Selected For Consumers Energy Program; Includes
                    General Motors And Courter Farms Land

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., June 28, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Thirteen solar projects planned
by two business and 9 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
company's Experimental Advanced Renewables Program (EARP). The program
provides for the long-term purchase of renewable energy generated by solar
energy systems owned by electric customers.

Business customer projects selected during this phase include two General
Motors Company projects located in Genesee County and a project owned by
Courter Farms Land, L.L.C., based in Gratiot County. The business
customer-owned projects range in electric capacity from 42.5 kilowatts to 150

The residential customer projects selected during this phase of the program
are located in the following counties:Barry, Benzie, Calhoun, Eaton, Gratiot,
Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo and Newaygo. The customer-owned projects range in
electricity capacity from 3.3 kilowatts to 20 kilowatts.

Consumers Energy will be conducting an information session on July 11, 2013,
at University of Michigan, Flint Campus for anyone interested in learning
about customer-installed solar energy systems. The session will be held at the
Harding Mott University Center. The session is free of charge, open to the
public and will take place from 5:30 PM until 8:30 PM.

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. Reservations for this session and
information about the program are available at

This session will begin a new phase of the program as Consumers Energy will
begin accepting applications from electric residential customers on July 1,
2013. Applications will be due August 7, 2013.

Consumers Energy's program currently has contracts in place to purchase
renewable energy from 191 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 6.6 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: Note to editors: To interview a customer installing a solar project,
please contact Consumers Energy media representatives Brian Wheeler,
517/788-2394, or Dan Bishop, 517/788-2395
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