Michigan utility Consumers Energy has launched a new solar distributed generation (DG) pilot programme for its customers.The public utility that provides natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents, is partnering with solar provider SunPower to offer utility customers a full-service home solar solution.
Dennis Dobbs, Consumers Energy's vice president of enterprise project management, engineering and services, said: "At Consumers Energy, we're rolling out new programmes
for Michigan residents as we all do our part for the environment. We are pleased to respond to the growing interest we see from Michigan residents in generating their own solar energy."
Customers that participate in the in the programme will earn bill credits when they generate more electricity than they need and still receive the electricity they need
from Consumers Energy when they aren't generating electricity.
Customers will also own the solar system, and will receive a solar panel warranty that will cover the replacement, shipping and installation if something comes up.
In a release, Martin DeBono, SunPower executive vice president, said: "We look forward to supporting a sustainable energy future in Michigan through this program, which combines SunPower's 30 years of experience delivering high-performance solar solutions with Consumers Energy's 130-year history of providing reliable electricity to Michigan homeowners.
"SunPower offers record-breaking solar technology that generates up to 60 percent more energy in the same space over the first 25 years compared to conventional panels, while looking superb on any roof."
Consumers Energy 'green' offering
Consumers Energy says that the new solar pilot helps grow renewable energy for Michigan. Consumers Energy also has renewable energy options for customers, including its Solar Gardens community solar and Green Generation programmes.
Customers are also free to pursue solar distributed generation equipment, installation, financing, and maintenance services through alternatives other than the Solar DG Pilot, which is not regulated by the Michigan Public Service Commission.
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