Utilities, Distributed Generation, Industrial, Solar - June 10, 2016
Michigan utility celebrates 1st solar site, state's largest community project
Michigan may not be one of the highest ranked states for solar generation, but supportive renewable energy policies and growing pressure from corporations looking for more access to clean energy may be moving the needle.
On June 10, Consumers Energy held a celebration for its first solar power plant, a 3-MW installation that spans 17-acres at Grand Valley State University, which will generate electricity for corporate and residential customers of the utility. Consumers is the electric utility subsidiary of CMS Energy, one of Michigan's two major investor-owned utility holding companies.
The project, which features an array of 11,000 made-in-Michigan solar panels, is the largest community solar project in Michigan, Consumers said in a news release. The utility is building a second site at Western Michigan University, which is expected to open late this summer, and is also considering a mid-Michigan location.