Consumers Energy powers Michigan with renewable energy

Source: Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy today celebrated its first solar power plant - a 17-acre array of 11,000 Michigan-made solar panels at Grand Valley State University that produces electricity for Michigan homes and businesses.

Consumers Energy today celebrated its first solar power plant - a 17-acre array of 11,000 Michigan-made solar panels at Grand Valley State University that produces electricity for Michigan homes and businesses.

The 3-megawatt solar power plant on university property is the largest community solar project in Michigan, generating up to 3 megawatts, or enough electricity to serve 600 homes.

Consumers Energy is building a second site at Western Michigan University, which is expected to open late this summer, and is considering a mid-Michigan location.

Consumers Energy is exceeding state requirements to provide 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and continues to develop renewable energy sources in Michigan by:

  • Operating two wind farms, one near Lake Michigan and one in the Thumb.
  • Agreeing to buy energy from a 100-megawatt wind farm under construction in the Thumb.
  • Contracting to buy energy generated by wind, landfill gas, anaerobic digestion and hydroelectric generation.
  • Planning to develop additional sources of renewable energy to meet 100 percent of the energy use by a major new West Michigan data center.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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