KALAMAZOO — Beginning on Aug. 29, residential and business electric customers served by Consumers Energy can submit applications to participate in the utility’s Experimental Advanced Renewable Program.

In addition, Consumers Energy will be conducting an information session Sept. 6 in Kalamazoo for electric customers interested in learning about customer-installed solar energy systems.

The session will be held at the Fetzer Center on Western Michigan University’s main campus. The session is free of charge, open to the public and will take place from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Speakers during the session will provide information on how customers can install their own solar energy systems as part of Consumers Energy’s Experimental Advanced Renewable Program. Reservations for this session and information about the program are available at www.consumersenergy.com/EARP.

Consumers Energy’s program currently has contracts in place to purchase renewable energy from 163 customer-owned solar generators as part of the utility’s renewable energy plan. During a July 18 selection event, 20 residential customer solar projects from 14 Lower Peninsula counties received authorization to proceed as part of Consumers Energy’s program.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.


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