The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has approved DTE Energy's plan to expand its SolarCurrents customer-owned pilot program, which allows customers to install solar photovoltaic systems on their homes and businesses.
The second phase of the SolarCurrents program will offer an additional 2 MW of capacity over the next two years.
In the first phase of the SolarCurrents program, which was fully subscribed last year, nearly 600 solar energy projects were built that represented a total of 5 MW of capacity. Customers participated in the first phase of the program on a first-come, first-served basis.
In order to promote a more controlled pace of installations, the 2 MW will be awarded in four random selections of 500 kW each over two years – January and June of 2013 and 2014, DTE Energy explains. Speedier project commissioning also is expected in the second phase.