Jackson-based energy provider Consumers Energy today announced a solar energy pilot program, allowing customers to put solar panels on the rooftops of their homes. In collaboration with California-based SunPower, the program offers long-term financing options, 25-year power and product warranties, and installation options.
Participants in the pilot program will own the solar system and can earn bill credits when they generate more electricity than their household requires. Additionally, Consumers Energy will provide electricity when weather conditions prevent the systems from generating a sufficient amount.
“At Consumers Energy, we’re rolling out new programs for Michigan residents as we all do our part for the environment,” says Dennis Dobbs, Consumers Energy’s vice president of enterprise project management, engineering, and services. “We are pleased to respond to the growing interest we see from Michigan residents in generating their own solar energy.”
Consumers Energy has reduced its carbon footprint by 25 percent in the last year, when it closed seen coal plants throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The company also has renewable energy options for customers, including its Solar Gardens community solar and Green Generation programs.
More information about the program can be found here.