Consumers Energy Selects 22 Business, Residential Projects in Michigan to Produce Solar Power

  Consumers Energy Selects 22 Business, Residential Projects in Michigan to
                             Produce Solar Power

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., July 1, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy has chosen 22
new projects offered by businesses and homeowners across Michigan's Lower
Peninsula to produce solar energy.

"We continue to see a healthy interest in solar energy from the Michigan
residents and businesses we serve, and we're pleased to add these to the more
than 200 contracts for solar power we already have in place," said Tim Sparks,
Consumers Energy's vice president for energy supply operations.

"As anyone can see from the new projects here, we have help from a diverse
group of individuals and businesses in developing a renewable energy supply
for the future."

Five non-residential projects in four counties were selected. The projects
will provide 546 kilowatts of electric capacity, and they range in size from
21 to 150 kilowatts.

Seventeen residential customer projects in 13 counties – Bay, Barry, Clinton,
Eaton, Gladwin, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Kent, Monroe, Newaygo, Ottawa and
Washtenaw – also were selected. The projects will provide about 171 kilowatts
of electric capacity, and they range in size from 2.5 to 20 kilowatts.

The customers 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
customers.

Consumers Energy is on target to use renewable sources for 10 percent of the
electricity it supplies by 2015. Those sources include solar and wind energy,
biomass, hydroelectric power and anaerobic digestion.

The next phase of the EARP is opening for residential customers. Applications
must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 6. Learn more at
www.ConsumersEnergy.com/EARP.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Solar projects selected by Consumers Energy include:

  oParagon Die & Engineering, Kent County
  oMonsignor Hackett High School, Kalamazoo County
  oBonobo Winery, Grand Traverse County
  oPure Mitten Hops, Ottawa County
  oWest Michigan Sports Commission, Kent County

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394, or Dan Bishop, 517-788-2395
 
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