Consumers Energy - Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (Michigan)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Michigan

Name Consumers Energy - Experimental Advanced Renewable Program
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential, Institutional
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Non-Residential, August - September 2011: 0.229/kWh

Residential, December 2011: 0.259/kWh
Non-Residential, February - March 2012: 0.229/kWh
Residential, April - May 2012: 0.259/kWh
Residential, June - July 2012: 0.249/kWh
Non-Residential, August - October 2012: 0.219/kWh
Residential, August - October 2012: 0.249/kWh
Residential, January - February 2013: 0.249/kWh
Non-Residential, April - May 2013: 0.209/kWh
Residential, April - May 2013: 0.209/kWh
Residential, July - August 2013: 0.243/kWh
Non-Residential, October - November 2013: 0.199/kWh
Residential, October - November 2013: TBD
Subsequent Phases: 0.200-0.259/kWh

Eligible System Size Residential: 1 kW - 20 kW DC

Non-residential: 1 kW - 150 kW DC
Capacity may not exceed the size necessary to produce the amount of energy consumed on site

Start Date 2009-08-27
Expiration Date 2029-08-31

Installation Requirements Must sign Generator Interconnection and Operating Agreement

Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Utility owns RECs

Terms Fixed rate contract for up to 15 years; participants pay system access charge (6 - 50 per month) to cover additional metering costs.
Program Administrator Consumers Energy

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Note: Check the program web site for application materials and information on future solicitations. Consumers Energy is not currently accepting applications for Residential and Non-Residential EARP Solar customers. Future phases are planned into 2015 as needed to meet program capacity targets. Consumers Energy is not currently accepting applications to the Anaerobic Digestion program.

The Experimental Advanced Renewable Energy Program (EARP) offers Consumers Energy residential and non-residential customers a buy-back tariff program for electricity produced by solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and anaeorobic digestion. The pilot version of the program began in 2009 and closed in December 2010, but an expanded version of the program has extended into 2015. Owners of residential systems from 1-20 kilowatt (kW) and non-residential systems from 1-150 kW are eligible to participate in the program. Residential customers must receive electric service on tariff rate RS or RT in order to be eligible for the program. Non-residential customers on tariff rates RS, RT, GS, GSD, GP, and GPD are eligible for the program. The expanded program is capped at 3,000 kW of capacity, with 1,500 kW for residential systems and 1,500 kW for non-residential systems. Contracts will be awarded in phases, with 125 kW available each quarter for residential customers, and 250 kW available for non-residential customers every six months.

It is important to note that this is not a net metering program and program participants are not eligible for net metering. Under the program, Consumers Energy will purchase all of the electricity produced by the system through a fixed-rate contract of up to 15 years. Contracts will be 15 years in length, but may not have a termination date of later than August 31, 2029. Electricity production is metered separately from the customer's existing electricity source (i.e., the grid). Participants are assessed a monthly System Access Charge equivalent to the existing distribution account used to qualify for the program to cover metering costs.* Systems with battery back-up or any other type of energy storage capability are not eligible to participate in this program. In order to be eligible for the program, solar equipment must be manufactured in Michigan or constructed by a Michigan workforce (detailed requirements are available on the program web site). The solicitation phases and purchase rates are as follows:


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Program Coordinator - EARP
Department Consumers Energy
Address 1945 W. Parnall Rd., Rm. P13-304
Place Jackson, Michigan
Zip/Postal Code 49201
Phone (517) 788-8900


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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