Earlier this month, Consumers Energy broke ground on its first community solar project. Now, the company has opened its Solar Gardens program for enrollment.
Solar Gardens is the company’s community solar program. It allows both residential and solar customers to buy half kilowatt shares, called SolarBlocks. Customers then receive a credit on their bill for the electricity generated at the site.
The first Solar Gardens array, currently under construction, will be the state’s largest community solar project. The 17-acre facility is located at Grand Valley State University in Allendale. Consumers Energy is working to develop an additional facility at Western Michigan University.
In addition, Consumers Energy maintains the option to build more community solar arrays based on customer interest.
“We [have] already met our target of generating 10 percent of our electricity from renewable sources, and our new Solar Gardens program represents a commitment to continue taking care of the environment,” said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president for energy supply operations. “We are excited to offer our customers new, alternative renewable energy sources in our state.”
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