Consumers Energy selects 31 projects throughout Michigan's Lower Peninsula to produce solar power

Consumers Energy selects 31 projects throughout Michigan's Lower Peninsula to
                             produce solar power

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Dec. 13, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy has selected 31
solar powered projects offered bybusinesses, homeowners and nonprofit groups
across Michigan's Lower Peninsula to supply renewable energy to customers.

The suppliers were chosen as part of the company's Experimental Advanced
Renewable Program (EARP). The program provides for the long-term purchase of
renewable energy generated by solar energy systems owned by electric

"Consumers Energy is working to develop energy supply plans for the future,
and that includes adding solar energy to our balanced approach," said Timothy
Sparks, Consumers Energy's vice president of energy supply operations. "These
newest projects speak to that work, joining contracts for more than 200
customer-owned solar projects that we have in place."

Fifteen non-residential customer projects in nine counties were selected
during the program's most recent phase. The projects, ranging in size from 5
to 150 kilowatts, will provide 663 kilowatts of electric capacity.

Sixteen residential customer projects in 12 counties – Barry, Clare, Clinton,
Eaton, Gladwin, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Livingston, Midland, Ottawa and
Shiawassee -- also were selected. The projects, ranging in size from 2 to 18
kilowatts, will provide 177 kilowatts of electric capacity.

The next phase of the EARP will open Jan. 2, 2014, for residential customers.
Applications will be available at after Jan. 2.
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 5, 2014 to be considered.

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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Non-residential solar projects selected by Consumers Energy include:

  oAllegan U Stor Corp II, Allegan County
  oAlma Housing Commission, Gratiot County
  oAlmond Products Inc., Ottawa County (2)
  oBenchley Brothers, Isabella County
  oDavenport University, Kent County
  oEdgewood Village Non-profit Housing Corp., Ingham County
  oEldean Co., Ottawa County
  oGold Coast Outfitters LLC, Ottawa County
  oHigh Point Electric, Kent County
  oJ. Ranck Electric, Genesee County
  oOne Stop Shop, Jackson County
  oRiver Ridge Dairy Co. Inc., Ottawa County
  oRoskam Baking Co., Kent County
  oSpace Studios LLC, Midland County

Upcoming meeting

Consumers Energy will host an information session about the EARP from 5:30 to
8:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 2014, at the Burnham Brook Community Center, 200 W. Michigan
Ave, Battle Creek. This event is open to the public.

Electric customers, renewable energy installers and anyone interested in
customer-installed solar generating systems are encouraged to attend. To RSVP
or for more information about the program, visit

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

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