To qualify for participation in the Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (EARP), awarded participants will be required to:
- Be a Consumers Energy customer account holder
- Own or lease a solar photovoltaic (PV) generating system that converts natural sunlight into electricity
- Install such system on the premises of the existing account or on a contiguous adjacent property owned or leased by the account holder
Solicitation of Applications
During each calendar quarter, Consumers Energy will issue a notice on its web site and to various industry groups that it is soliciting applications for participation in each phase of the expanded EARP. Consumers Energy anticipates issuing the solicitation notice approximately 30 days prior to the application due date for each phase and will announce the:
- Amount of capacity to be awarded in each phase
- Eligibility requirements associated with each phase
- Price to be paid for energy delivered under contracts to be awarded in each phase
- Address to which each application is to be delivered
- Anticipated schedule for awarding contracts and installing the contracted systems in each phase
- Time and location for any necessary random selection process to be conducted for each phase
The selection process for this Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (EARP) will occur in multiple phases (or allocation cycles).
If the capacity of systems applying for contracts exceeds the capacity offered in any phase, applicants will be selected based on a random selection system (or lottery system) for EACH phase. Consumers Energy expects to allocate approximately 125 kW for residential customers each quarter and approximately 250 kW for non-residential customers every six months.
On July 26, 2011, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved an expansion of Consumers Energy Company’s (Consumers Energy) Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (EARP). This expanded EARP (Program) is part of the Amended Renewable Energy Plan prepared by Consumers Energy in accordance with Public Act 295 of 2008 (2008 PA 295).
On May 1, 2012 (Case No. U-16581), the MPSC approved Program amendments recommended by Consumers Energy effective June 30, 2012. These amendments include: (i) Program capacity; (ii) selection process guidelines and (iii) pricing for each residential and non-residential allocations.
This Program expansion is limited to 3,250 kilowatts (kW) of DC nameplate capacity, with 1,625 kW reserved for residential systems and 1,625 kW reserved for non-residential systems. Consumers Energy began awarding capacity in the expansion to interested participants beginning in October 2011.