Consumers Energy to launch 400MW in new solar projects for Michigan

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Consumers Energy, the main subsidiary of CMS Energy, an electricity and natural gas top provider in the US, announced this Thursday it would launch almost 400-megawatts in new solar projects to advance Michigan’s energy transition. There will be three new projects that will power around 190,000 estate homes.

Firstly, the projects are part of the company’s Clean Energy Plan to increase renewable energy dramatically; eliminate coal as a fuel source for electricity by 2025, and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Moreover, the agreements are waiting for approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission. However, the company intends to own and operate one of the projects while purchasing power from the other two.

In addition, the solar projects include the Washtenaw Solar Energy Project; a 150MW capacity facility that Invenergy will build and then transfer ownership to Consumers Energy. Also, the Jackson Solar, developed by National Grid Renewables, from which Consumers Energy would buy 125 MW of electricity for 20 years from the facility; and the Cereal City Solar, a 100-MW project developed by NextEra. Consumers Energy would buy from electricity from this project for 25-years.

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Clean Energy Plan by Consumers Energy to heaviliy advance renewable energy in the state

Furthermore, under the Clean Energy Plan, the company intends to add 8000MW of utility-scale solar power by 2040, including 1,100 MW by 2024. In fact, the company is using a competitive bidding process to ensure maximum value for customers.

About the matter, Dennis Dobbs, Consumers Energy’s vice president of enterprise project management and environmental services, said. “Increasing clean energy for our customers shows our commitment to being a force of change for clean energy that benefits the people of Michigan and protects our planet.”

Finally, he said. “Our partners in these projects are helping us transform the energy landscape and create a cleaner energy future for generations to come.”

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