Customer Solar Projects Selected For Consumers Energy Program; Next Phase Open To New Residential Construction

Customer Solar Projects Selected For Consumers Energy Program; Next Phase Open
                       To New Residential Construction

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 29, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Solar projects planned by 16
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 (EARP). 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 projects in 13 Lower Peninsula counties were selected
during this phase of the program. The projects will provide 118.6 kilowatts of
electric capacity.

A new phase of the program also is starting. Consumers Energy is accepting
applications from developers that integrate solar energy systems into new home
construction. Applications for this phase will be due no later than Sept. 13.
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Consumers Energy will be hosting a public information session about the EARP
on Oct. 9. This event is open to the public, and electric customers, renewable
energy installers and anyone interested in customer-installed solar generating
systems is encouraged to attend.

The session will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Three Fires Room at
Soaring Eagle Conference Center, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mount Pleasant. To
RSVP for this event or for more information about the program, visit

The meeting will coincide with the opening of the next two phases of the
program Oct. 1, for residential and non-residential customers. All application
must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 6.

Consumers Energy's Experimental Advanced Renewable Program is enabled by
Michigan's 2008 energy reform law. The program currently has contracts in
place to purchase renewable energy from more than 200 customer-owned solar

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.

For more information about Consumers Energy, visit us at or join us on Facebook at

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Dan Bishop, 517-788-2395
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