EARP generally issues a new Solicitation for Applications each quarter. Each solicitation is referred to as a numbered "Phase xx". The solicitation phase is for either residential or non-residential projects. The amount of capacity solicited varies by phase as well as the incentive amount. Consumers Energy is now accepting residential applications.
Non-Residential and Residential Solicitation Windows:
Firm-Offer Price ($/kWh)
If the total capacity of all generating systems applying for participation in a phase exceeds the amount of capacity to be awarded, Consumers Energy will select applications at random from all qualifying applications submitted.
Sample Phase 18 Residential Incentive:
A qualifying 6,100 watt solar system would receive ongoing EARP payments of approximately $1,700 per year ($25,300 over 15 years). Note that this works as a Feed-In-Tariff (FIT), so the customer receives this amount as a credit against their regular utility electric bill. The solar system is connected In front of their regular utility meter, rather than behind it as is typical for net metering.