Just before the holidays, We Energies received approval from the Public Service Commission to begin two new renewable energy pilot programs.
The first is called the Dedicated Renewable Energy Resource program and would allow commercial, industrial, and local government customers to access large-scale renewable energy projects. The projects would allow larger customers to meet their sustainability and renewable energy goals, while potentially saving money, and We Energies could supply up to 150 megawatts of existing customer load with renewable energy through this program. The program would also allow an unlimited amount of new load to be served with renewable energy through this program.
The second program, called Solar Now, would enable We Energies to lease roof or ground space from customers. We Energies would own the solar projects, and pay lease payments to the host customers. The program could build up to 35 megawatts of solar. RENEW Members had various opinions about this program, which were reflected in our comments filed with the PSC.
We will keep you apprised as these programs roll out.