Suniva supplies equipment for 3-MW solar array at Michigan university

Solar equipment supplier Suniva Inc. announced Oct. 13 the successful groundbreaking ceremony by Consumers Energy that took place on Oct. 2 at Grand Valley State University, home to Michigan’s largest community solar project, which is part of the Solar Gardens program.

The 3-MW solar array is the first of its kind for Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility and a CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS) subsidiary. The array will span across seventeen acres at Grand Valley State University. The project is due to be completed by next spring.

“This project represents a cornerstone for our new Solar Gardens program, providing an avenue for customers to participate in the development of renewable energy that helps us continue to power homes and businesses across our state,” said Dan Malone, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of energy resources. “We are very pleased to collaborate with Suniva, and support their continued growth in the U.S., including here at home in Michigan.”

“Suniva’s primary focus is to offer the highest quality solar products at maximum value, while achieving the highest power possible,” said Matt Card, vice president, global sales and marketing of Suniva. “The maturing U.S. market continues to validate the value of our high-density solar modules.”

Recently, Suniva announced the expansion of its manufacturing capacity at its Georgia headquarters to 400 MW. This expansion came just one year after the opening of its second U.S.-based facility in Saginaw Township, Michigan.

Suniva is a leading American manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and high-power solar modules. Headquartered in metro-Atlanta, Ga., Suniva sells its advanced PV modules globally.

Consumers Energy provides natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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