Michigan-based Consumers Energy says it has started operations at its first large-scale solar project just days after the utility closed seven coal plants in the state.
Located on 17 acres at Grand Valley State University, the 3 MW community solar project is part of Consumers Energy’s new Solar Gardens program. The utility adds it is building a second community solar site at Western Michigan University and is considering another project in the Lansing area.
“The first location in our Solar Gardens program demonstrates our commitment to building a sustainable future for Michigan,” remarks Dan Malone, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of energy resources. “We are pleased to work with Grand Valley State University to develop a new source of renewable energy that will help power homes and businesses.”
The energy provider says it has been active in developing renewable energy sources in Michigan, operating two wind farms and purchasing energy generated by wind, landfill gas, anaerobic digestion and water.