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Atlanta-based solar cell and module manufacturer Suniva has announced that the 3MW PV project that it is powering has officially broken ground in Michigan.

The project stands as the first of its kind for Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility. It will be developed over 6.8 hectares of land at Grand Valley State University, with the university taking part in the Solar Gardens program as a customer.

Dan Malone, senior vice president of energy resources at Consumers Energy, said: “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.”

Matt Card, vice president, global sales and marketing of Suniva, added: “Suniva’s primary focus is to offer the highest quality solar products at maximum value, while achieving the highest power possible. The maturing U.S. market continues to validate the value of our high-density solar modules. We are very pleased that we can continue to give back to the US solar marketplace and the domestic economy, through the continued creation of U.S. jobs.”