DTE Energy and Consumers Energy launched a new partnership aimed at increasing solar energy use. The Michigan Community Solar project will raise awareness of the billions of dollars already invested in solar community initiatives and future endeavors, as well as educate households and business owners about renewable energy options. The goal is to provide more communities with more equal possibilities.
Customers and DTE, Michigan’s largest energy supplier, already have clean energy programs in existence that provide certain incentives. Consumers’ Sarah Nielsen said, “Our Solar Gardens initiative allows customers to support a better energy ecosystem without the initial costs and long-term upkeep of owning their solar panels.”
Consumers can subscribe to the number of solar blocks they want, each of which generates half a kilowatt of solar power. Consumers utilize these services to build solar panels more quickly than they would otherwise. “You can support renewable energy by connecting to the grid and paying that tiny subscription cost on your monthly energy statement,” Neilsen explained.
You’ll also get credit for the solar energy you generate, according to Neilsen. “We’re doing everything we can, as quickly as we can, to provide clean energy which is both reliable and affordable to our customers in Michigan,” said Brian Calka, DTE Energy’s director of renewable energy solutions.
According to a current Michigan State University research, increasing access to solar power would be beneficial not only to the environment but also to the state’s economy. The study concentrated on community solar farms, which are basically mini-solar farms that allow residents to subscribe and obtain electricity bill credits as if the panels were installed on their roofs. According to researchers, the installation and upkeep of such projects would generate over $1.5 billion for state economy over the next 30 years and more than 18,000 employments.
DTE is a diversified energy firm based in the United States and Canada that develops and manages energy-related businesses and services. In Michigan, it operates an electric utility with 2.2 million consumers as well as a natural gas utility with 1.3 million consumers.
DTE Energy’s non-utility energy activities include power and industrial initiatives, energy marketing, and trading. DTE revealed plans to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 in 2016 but accelerated that aim by a decade, promising to cut emissions by 80% by 2040. By 2030, DTE plans to cut carbon emissions by half.
Consumers Energy is a public company that serves 6.7 million of Michigan’s 10 million citizens with natural gas and electricity. It serves consumers in all 68 counties of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It is CMS Energy’s major subsidiary. The company was established in 1886 and is now based in Jackson, Michigan.