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Solar garden aims to promote clean energy throughout Michigan

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Consumers Energy unveiled their third solar plant in Cadillac.

Cadillac Solar Gardens is the name of the new Consumers Energy Power Plant, built on a repurposed brownfield lot.

Officials from Consumers Energy and the state of Michigan Monday dedicated the third power plant⁠—a new part of the Solar Gardens community program in which customers can pay a monthly fee to support alternative energy systems and receive bill credits based on the generated electricity.

Josh Paciorek is the West Michigan Spokesman for Consumers.

“[At] Consumers Energy, we look at our triple bottom line, where we’re trying to bring prosperity to Michigan, help our people, and better protect our planet. And this site helps do all three.”

The Cadillac Solar Garden has nearly 2,000 panels, includes a battery storage system, and will generate nearly half a megawatt of electricity: that’s enough to power as many as 100 homes at a time.

This move comes in the midst of the company’s updated Clean Energy Plan, which aims to end coal usage by 2025, achieve net zero carbon emissions through 2040, and save customers $650 million along the way.