The 1-MW solar plant on Western Michigan University property sits on 8.5 acres. It joins a 3-MW solar plant that opened at Grand Valley State University in April. The two solar plants are part of Consumers Energy’s Solar Gardens program, in which customers support the development of new renewable energy in Michigan. Participants who subscribe will receive a credit on their monthly bills based on electricity generated at Solar Gardens locations.
Consumers Energy also operates two wind farms, one near Lake Michigan and one near the Thumb area, and contracts to buy energy generated by wind, landfill gas, anaerobic digestion and hydroelectric generation. Consumers Energy has also contracted to buy energy from a 100-MW wind farm under construction in the Thumb area.