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Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Solar Panels in Michigan

This page is a complete guide to the complicated and sometimes confusing process of installing solar panels on your Michigan home. Since there's a lot to consider, we've separated the page into sections to help you find what you are looking for. If you find this page useful, please share it with someone who might also find it interesting!

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** What's new for 2020 **

Despite the best efforts of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who in 2019 signed into law a bill reinstating a property tax exemption for solar, the net metering rules for solar here were weakened significantly by DTE. Read on to learn what those impacts mean for your investment in home solar panels in Michigan.

Questions? Our network of solar experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page. You can get discounted on-grid pricing as low as $3,500/kW! This is paired with the Michigan solar incentives you see below.

What you'll find on this page:

The Solar Strategy section is focused on the 3 ways of paying for solar in Michigan, so you can decide which is best for you. We've created a tool that asks you a few questions and recommends whether you should pursue a solar lease, loan, or outright purchase. Then, we provide detailed analysis of how each works.

The Policy Information section contains all our latest research on the rules set by lawmakers and the Public Utilities Commission, which determine how easy it is to go solar in Michigan. These policies and rules govern everything from renewable energy mandates to interconnection, and have a huge effect on the viability of solar.

Finally, the Solar Incentives section includes information about money-back rebates and grants, tax credits, and tax exemptions for going solar in Michigan.

Click any of the boxes below to go to that section of the page, or scroll down to read the page in order.

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Your Solar Strategy in Michigan

Figuring out the best way to go solar in Michigan can be a little daunting. From loans and leases to power-purchase agreements, there are a lot of options out there. To help you pick the one that might be best, we've created the handy decision tool below.

We'll ask you a few simple questions about you and your home. Once you're done, we'll recommend a good option. Further down this page, we provide cost estimates and example return-on-investment calculations for all the various options:

How should you pay for solar?

Use our decision tool to find out!

How to pay for solar panels in Michigan

The chart above shows the 25-year returns for an investment in solar whether you choose to purchase a system with cash or pay over time with a loan or Power-Purchase Agreement (PPA). As you can see, the purchase option leads to the highest dollar-amount returns over time, but look a little closer. Taking a solar loan or Home Equity LLine of Credit (the orange bars) and paying for the system over time means you'll actually put down less of your own money, while reaping a big financial benefit in year 1.

That's because you'll be paying over time for the system, but you still get a 30% federal tax credit based on the entire cost. You'll start out ahead, so your payments over 15 years will have less impact on you than plunking down a big pile of money up front. All you need is equity or great credit.

The option with the smallest savings is for a solar PPA, which means you put $0 down on a rooftop solar system and pay monthly while you accumulate electricity bill savings over time. Leases and PPAs are an excellent option if you don't have any equity or cash to put down, and they still save you money.

Read more below about each of three very good options for solar in Michigan!

How much can solar panels on roof save you?

Option 1: Paying cash for solar

An outright purchase used to be the only way to get solar, and it's still the option that provides the "biggest" financial returns. The reason we put "biggest" in quotes here is because it's technically true, but based on percent return for the money, a loan is a better option.

If you have equity in your home or good enough credit to qualify for a solar loan with an interest rate of 4% or less, that's the option to go with. It's like being able to start a business that is sure to succeed, just by having a roof. Read about loans below.

If you've got cash and you prefer to pay up front, you'll have to plunk down $20,000. But by the end of year 1, incentives and energy savings will erase a bunch of it. Over 25 years, your system will have produced about $12,000 in income, after your costs are paid back. The reason this works is that solar offsets your electricity bill—enough to save you about $820 in year 1, and it just goes up from there. As the electric company raises rates, you save more and more, and more...

Net Present Value: -$621

Net Present Value (NPV) measures how good of an investment something is, compared to the best alternative. We use a 6% return to evaluate all solar investments, and Michigan's -$621 NPV on a 5-kW solar system means you'd be that much better off investing your money in stocks over 25 years than in Michigan solar. But check out what happens to NPV if you buy the same system with a loan that you can pay back over time.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out when you pay up front for a 5-kW rooftop solar system:

  • Installing a typical 5kW solar system should start at about $20,000. That's cheaper than solar has ever been, but it still might seem like a big investment. Don’t worry, because after tax breaks and energy savings, your first-year costs will be considerably less than that.
  • The Feds calculate their incentive based on actual out of pocket costs, so take 30% of $20,000, for a tax credit of $6,000.
  • After the tax credit we subtract your first year’s energy savings, which we estimate to be $819. That reduces your cost after the first year to only $13,181.
  • Your system will pay for itself with electric bill savings in 15 years, and after it does, you'll see a total net profit of $12,135 for the next 10 years. The internal rate of return for this investment is a solid 5.5%. Banks can't promise that kind of return, but you might be better off in the stock market.
  • And don't forget... your home's value just increased by close to $20,000, too (your expected annual electricity savings over 20 years).
  • In addition to all that cash (and home value), you’ve created some green for the earth as well by not using electricity from fossil fuels. It's like planting 91 trees a year, every year your solar power system is humming.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Michigan. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar panel system, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 2: Using a loan to pay for solar

You don't need $20,000 sitting around to pay for solar. As long as you have equity in your home, you can still own solar panels and reap all the benefits. Heck, even if you do have the cash, getting a loan to pay for solar is by far the best option when it comes to percentage return on investment.

That’s because, in Michigan, using a loan to pay for solar is like investing in a business that's sure to succeed, and also earns you a tax break. Your tax savings will be huge in the first year. You'll come out thousands ahead this year, and you'll still see a tidy profit over the 25-year life of your system.

A solar purchase like this will make sense for you if the following is true about you and your current situation:

  • You can qualify for a solar loan or home-equity line of credit (HELOC) for $20,000, with a fixed rate of 4% or lower and a 15-year repayment period. Don't be put off if you're offered a higher rate. It just means a tiny bit less of the thousands of dollars you'll make with solar.
  • You love making money without much risk.

Net Present Value: $1,005

Net Present Value (NPV) measures how good of an investment something is, compared to the best alternative. We use a 6% return to evaluate all solar investments, and michigan's $1,005 NPV on a solar loan means you'd be that much better off investing your money in solar over 25 years than in, say, stocks. Interstingly, Michigan is ne of those places where the NPV of a Power-Purchase Agreement is greater than that for ownership, but if you feel like you need to own your panels, you can rest easy with a Michigan solar loan knowing you're doing right for your pocketbook at the same time as you're doing right by the planet!

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for a Michigan solar purchase with a loan:

  • Installing a typical 5-kW solar system should start at about $20,000. That's how big your loan will need to be to cover it.
  • The electricity you'll save in the first year of operation would have cost $819, but your annual loan payments will be $1,775, meaning you'll spend $956 on solar this year, but...
  • You'll also see a huge tax break. The Feds give you 30% of the cost of your system back as a tax credit, which in this case is $6,000. You'll be paying over time but getting the benefits up front!
  • That tax break means you'll come out $5,044 ahead after year 1. Your loan payments will be about $80/month more than your energy bill savings, but that difference will get small as the utility company raises rates every year.
  • By the time you've paid off your loan in 2031, you'll see yearly savings of about $1,100. After 25 years, your total profit will be about $5,506!
  • On top of the green that will stay in your pocket, your system will mean green for the environment, too. 91 trees-worth, every year!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Michigan. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 3: Buying the electricity, not the panels with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

PPAs are a great way to go solar if you haven't got stacks of cash or oodles of equity in your home. With a PPA, it's possible to get solar panels for $0-down and see substantial savings over 20 years!

For now, getting a PPA on a 5-kW solar system will save you only about $10 per month, which might not sound like a great deal, but as the utility company raises rates, you start to see big savings. Our 20-year PPA estimate shows a total savings of $4,119.

Net Present Value: $2,153

Net Present Value (NPV) measures how good of an investment something is, compared to the best alternative. We use a 6% return to evaluate all solar investments, and Michigan's $2,153 NPV on a solar PPA means you'd be that much better off investing your money in solar over 25 years than in, say, stocks. That number is pretty huge for a $0-down investment, so you can rest easy with a PPA in Michigan knowing you're doing right for your pocketbook at the same time as you're doing right by the planet!

Here's more about how a PPA works:

Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Michigan. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar PPA, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

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Michigan Solar Policy Information

Ever wonder why solar seems to be everywhere in some states, but not in others? We did too.

State legislatures and public utilities commissions can enact rules to make solar power accessible for everyone. Favorable rules explain why some of the cloudiest states—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, are doing so well with solar, and yet some of those with the most natural solar resources—like Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia—are doing so poorly.

Below is important information about the public policy, rules, and economic reasons that affect your ability to go solar here in Michigan:

Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standard

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Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standard grade

A Renewables Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) requires utilities in the state to eventually source at least a certain percentage of their electricity from clean, renewable sources like solar panels. Michigan has had an RPS law since 2008, and it was updated in 2016 to mandate 15% of all electricity must come from renewables by 2021. The word "updated" makes it sound like Michigan lawmakers have been working to improve the law, but really, there's a reason the image above says "nation's 25th best." 15% by 2021 is honestly a paltry goal, and many states have higher goals, sooner, like Colorado and Maryland, both of which have nearly double the percentage goal by one year sooner.

An RPS is critical to strong renewable energy policy. Utility companies aren't really all that gung-ho about you producing your own power. After all, it costs them money when you use less of their electricity. They also don’t naturally want to give you big payments for energy you're feeding back into the grid. The main reason the utilities aid the transition to lower electric bills and offering incentives to put solar on roofs is because the state forces them to.

Where does that leave Michigan homeowners who want to go solar? Unfortunately, with very few statewide incentives. Still, solar is cheaper than ever, and it's 100% economically viable in Michigan, saving homeowners thousands over the long-term. Read on to discover how solar saves you money and the planet at the same time!

Learn more about Renewable Portfolio Standards

Michigan's Solar carve-out and SRECs


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Michigan's Solar Carve-out grade

One way a new Michigan RPS could be improved is with a specific requirement that a percentage of the state’s energy come from solar panels, or a mandate for environmentally necessary increases in distributed generation. If that was the case, you’d see even stronger incentives for residential solar power.

Learn more about Solar Carve-outs

Michigan Electricity Prices


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Michigan's Electricity cost grade

Michigan homeowners pay an average of 16 cents/kWh for electricity. That’s more than 2 cents above the national average. Yes, we know those pennies add up. Yes, we know you hate that monthly electric bill. But that’s only until you’ve made the switch to solar power! Right now, that penny per kWh adds up to higher bills, but once you’ve made the switch to solar, it adds up to higher savings!

Electricity costs are only going to rise. Currently far too much of our energy comes from nonrenewable, dirty fossil fuels. As the long-term costs associated with fossil fuels start to really kick in, standard electricity prices are going to skyrocket. When that happens, you’re going to look like a regular Einstein for having made the early switch to producing your own power.

Find out why electricity prices matter

Michigan Net Metering

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Michigan's Net Metering grade

In 2019, the Michigan Public Service Commission eliminated full retail net metering in the state. The MPSC opted instead for a credit for solar customers at the “power supply component” of the retail rate minus transmission charges. That basically means you are not credited at full retail for the power you send back to the grid. So, instead of typical sized home solar installs to take 9 years to pay for themselves, they now take 13. Michigan can and has done better than this, but it’s now going to be difficult for solar installers in the state to expand.

Learn more about net metering

Michigan Interconnection Rules


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Michigan's Interconnection Standards grade

Speaking of interconnection, the law supporting your residential solar power system getting hooked up to the grid is strong here as well. Like we just said, the application and review fees are capped at just $75 for interconnection. Even better, utilities are prohibited from requiring you to carry additional liability insurance, a sometimes burdensome additional cost we’ve seen imposed in too many other places.

Learn more about solar interconnection rules

Michigan Solar Incentives

Next to high electricity prices and net metering, solar incentives have traditionally been the most important factor for whether home solar power makes financial sense in a state. In the past, some states with otherwise lousy policy had tremendous incentives that drove down the up-front cost of going solar so much that homeowners could save oodles of money even without net metering or a good RPS.

These days, the big incentive most people can get is the Federal Solar Tax Credit that earns you 26% of your total system costs back after just 1 year. State incentives play less of a role than in the past, but some really good ones are still out there, ready to help homeowners go solar and save money before you know it.

Let's see how Michigan measures up:

The availability of state solar incentives for residential solar systems was sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, utility company websites, and the state public utility commission.

Michigan Solar Power Rebates


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Michigan's Solar Rebates grade

Now the effects of the expiration of the RPS law can start to be seen. Just a few years ago Michigan had a real strong statewide solar power rebate program. But that program has gone the way of the dodo, and with the RPS goals still at a low 10%, utilities lack the incentives they need to keep offering you incentives for solar power.

Learn more about solar rebates

Michigan Solar Tax Credits


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Michigan's Solar Tax Credits grade

Michigan also lacks any solar tax credits. Tax credits are a golden opportunity for legislators in every state to encourage solar power. Tax credits minimize both the work and the “out-of-pocket” cost to the state, so it literally costs legislators almost nothing to potentially save you thousands on a solar power system! Michigan lawmakers should take advantage of that win-win with a strong personal tax credit on the purchase of a residential system like the one you’re considering.

Learn more about state solar tax credits

Property Tax Exemption


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Michigan's Solar Property Tax Exemptions grade

Michigan's solar property tax exemption has been on a bit of a roller coaster in the past decade. The state had one for many years, but it went away in 2013 under former Governor Rick Snyder. Then in 2019, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill to reinstate the property tax exemption for solar.

That means any value your solar panels add to your property cannot be considered in assessing your home for property taxes. That's a win!

Sales Tax Exemption


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Michigan's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade

Michigan also offers no sales tax exemption on solar panel purchase and installation, meaning you’ll pay a 6% premium.

Learn more about tax exemptions for solar

Low-income Solar Programs


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Michigan's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade Learn more about low-income solar programs available in the U.S.

The consensus on Michigan solar power rebates and incentives

Michigan has a chance to be a great state for home solar power, but without net metering, it just can’t be. Maybe the lawmakers in Lansing will come to their senses soon and get net metering back as the law of the land, but until then, we’d recommend extreme caution before proceeding with an investment in home solar in Michigan.

48 thoughts on “2020 Michigan Home Solar Incentives, Rebates, and Tax Credits

  1. Avatar for Roxanne Facer Roxanne Facer says:

    We have solar panels, (24), but would like to know how much a back up battery would cost for a 2,000 square foot home and what to look for in a back up battery.

  2. Avatar for John Levings John Levings says:

    Property tax exemption on rooftop solar panels & alternative energy systems is back, as of 14 November 2019. Gov. Whitmer signed legislation (on 14 Nov, 2019) exempting property taxes on rooftop solar panels & alernative energy systems:

    1. Avatar for Ben Zientara Ben Zientara says:

      Thanks, John! Somehow we missed updating the grade in our database, but Michigan did exactly as you say! Now, on to net metering and a bright future for all Michigan homeowners!

      1. Avatar for Scott Scott says:

        However, as of January 1, 2020 the local townships do not have specific instructions on what or when to remove the assessment. Check your tax bills when they come and you will see they have not changed yet…they are “Waiting for Instructions”.

  3. Avatar for Michael A Guisinger Michael A Guisinger says:

    Alibaba sells for 0.19 to 0.26 cents per watt. Why 5 to 10 times as much here?

    1. Avatar for Ben Zientara Ben Zientara says:

      Hey Michael-

      Alibaba does have solar kits pretty cheap, but there are definitely reasons they’re priced so low. First, it’s DIY, so you’re cutting out the installer’s labor/marketing/permitting costs and profit, but you’re on the hook for installing yourself. Second, you can get burned (sometimes literally!) by low-quality panels and components. Third, you’re probably forgoing installation warranties and ongoing service an installer can provide, instead having to deal with any problems yourself or call a professional who might not want to service a system they didn’t install themselves.

      I’m not saying you can’t DIY and have a long, successful run with Alibaba solar panels, but there more than anywhere, it’s “buyer beware and do your due diligence as well.”

  4. Avatar for John Levings John Levings says:

    On 18 November MIchigan’s Governor signed legislation to exempt Solar panels from all property taxes. Residential, commercial & industrially zoned properties will no longer suffer increases in property tax assessment due to roof top solar panels. (link below)

  5. Avatar for Ryan Ryan says:

    I feel that this is somewhat misleading because when you purchase via loan to own or cash your system will typically be guaranteed for at least 25- 30 years, not 20. Those extra 5 years are essentially free energy you would be giving away because the system would have paid for itself. Not to mention that most systems will continue producing for a decade or more after the warranty runs up. Also something to take in consideration about Third Party Owned systems is that most of the agreements can only be transferred to one other property owner. So if you want to sell your property, that could present some challenges.

  6. Avatar for ALTECHLAB ALTECHLAB says:

    We do power cell and off grid panel for low price (3 times lower that solar systems)

  7. Avatar for J J says:

    So Michigan still has no company i can all and to get a new roof with solar ? 49783. i need a new roof and electric bill is crazy I would like to pay more for the roof and less to the electric company. The bill is more than half fees :(

  8. Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

    My wife and I installed a very large solar array (ground mount)-more expensive than roof mount, pay back is only 9 years (not including financing). Michigan Solar Solutions installed all of it, no work on the home owners part what so ever. They work to your needs and satisfaction, use Michigan built structures, USA Panels, Solar Edge inverters to tie to the grid. The first day of operation the old analog meter was flying backwards(Power company to install new meter in 14 days) when the sun was out… What a sight to see, Net Zero(Your bill is subtracted from your credits until you get to zero)… The owner Mark will give you a detailed report before you ever sign, showing exactly what you will produce/when/how much/ect. Our future goal is to go off the grid and add a turbin, but as it looks, it really isn’t necessary, we will have no bill because of the credits you get when it is cloudy from Consumers. In 9 years, we will have paid for the system, and the rest after the 9 years stays in our bank account (pay off day) for future investing.Your resell value on your house will be higher, (Just think, net zero power bill) What a nice way to retire, never having to worry about utility bills. You can also apply for SREC energy credits, more money in the bank. 30% write off on the amount of your bill at tax time, a direct reduction, not like the usual hot water heater credit. Keep in mind, you can only deduct in the first or 2nd year based on how much Fed. tax you pay. If you don’t have much tax, you can carry it over to the next year until you use the credit up. With Michigan Solar, the panels are on a 25year warranty, if one breaks or stops working, they replace it (no work to you)….. I went through the entire install with their install guys and electricians. The system can be monitored daily from my phone or desk top, seeing each array and what it’s putting out. Very cool indeed… They even have a recommended finance agency to help you get over that hill if needed. Very professional, will fix any problem you might have, will work with you fully… example: Wanted an off grid system, so they installed a disconnect after the meter, before my panel so I could shut off

  9. Avatar for jr jr says:

    hard to get info in michigan.. all i get is a couple of contractors that want $15,000 to put in 5k system.. so i talked to consumer energy i can put it in my self .. called township they said call so and so to get a permit.. easy to do on my own . dont need fancy enginered stuff.. just common sense and been learning lots on youtube. bought me a fronius primo on ebay $1250 this year. it has the ability to do 2 different (mppt) facing roof lines almost a must .. now about to get solar panel on ebay also.. consumer lady is great.. i did a googlemap picture and drew lines on it how powerlines came into house and where panels boxes etc are going she said that will work great.. dont need any special program designer to draw frickin lines. save yourself money and learn it.. i think ill have about $4500 give or take into my 5000kw system by doing it myself and using old aluminum square stock i have to build racking system. come on look at there designs and use some common sense.. put panel where u want/ long bolt,nut big or slats of steel for a bigger washer to hold panel down.. who cares if i have a 2 inch gap between them and a extra bolt to hold next panel down.. or if i put them close enough i can get both with one big washer.. save money ebay it and youtube it..

  10. Avatar for Dan Dan says:

    I’m just looking for information for keeping up with solar energy and who’s building new homes in Michigan with solar energy and where is it located and do you have designated builders will build

  11. Avatar for Jeff Jeff says:

    I really hope the state legislature fixes some of the current issues with residential solar in Michigan and makes it more feasible to do a new installation next year. I really want to do an installation but I can’t afford it without more incentives.

  12. Avatar for MRB MRB says:

    It’s your house, you can add as much solar as you need.

    1. The lack of net metering undermines the personal (economic) incentive to spend the $ required to install solar panels on/ about one’s home…

  13. Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

    I just spoke with my local township assessor in regards to property taxes and he said that the solar system is considered personal property, not real property so it is exempt from increasing your property taxes in MI.

  14. Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

    solar rocks

  15. Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

    “Essentially, you’re renting out your rooftop to a company who then pimps it out with solar panels. Then, you pay a lease payment to them for the power it produces. In each case, this payment added to your existing power bill will be lower than your previous bill, netting you instant savings with nothing down out of pocket! How awesome is that?!”

    1. Avatar for Patrick Kilhoffer Patrick Kilhoffer says:

      It’s pretty darn awesome!

  16. Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

    I signed up for the Consumers Energy EARP program and installed a 10.1K system…Since November 21,2014 I have generated 4500kwh or $1165 in energy value at .259 /kwh. Very happy with my system…now thinking about solar hot water to preheat my Geothermal tank water to reduce electrical use there…If you are thinking of solar and you are a consumers energy customer fill out the app for EARP and do it…best thing I ever did….feel free to contact me for info on my set up.

  17. Avatar for DW DW says:

    Read thru the list of comments and they are somewhat negative, but if you put in solar yourself you can save about half the cost still get back 30% and the payoff is far better than 15 years. I am looking at 5 – 7 right now. First month made over 500 kWh on 5K system. So talk all you want, but solar is great and great for the environment. A $30000 dollar car goes down in value every year but $30000 into solar only goes up in value and lowers your costs for electricity while saving the fossil fuel. The younger you are the better the return over your lifetime!

  18. Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

    If only Solar wasn’t so expensive. i started selling solar energy systems back in 1980, thanks to the tax credits that added up to 70%, back then. Only problem we the tax payers end up paying for all the tax credits. We need something that competes with fossil fuels, so far wind is by far the best way to go, as far as electrical prodution goes. I was working at United Solar in Greenville and saw the demise of one of the leaders in solar. They were to dependant upon goverment subsidies in Europe and other countries, Now domestic hot water is still a feasible use for solar , especially if you build your own system.

  19. Avatar for Jerry Jerry says:

    Hello to all..ive been doing solar now for over 7 years.ivd i burnt solar panels up to see what they can handel. I build hi power panels like 32volts @ 40 amps. This is one panel size of panel. 32×37 inches On cloudy days this panls still has volts. Well over 19 volts at 20 amps which is good. Michigan will be great for solar power. I had meeting with grams and Carl Levin i think if u are not lining pockets solar will go no where. I say cut off the hand of lining pockets i had 5 diffrent meetings they rather give uni solar 526 billion so this Company.can file bankruptcy bp bought the solar Company told them to file chapter so they don’t have to pay back anything that was borrow. i will show video soon on you tube so people can see it ive showed some people video from my phone.

  20. Avatar for jeff anderson jeff anderson says:

    very nice i think we need to start using solar power instead of fuels good job guys

  21. Avatar for TTT TTT says:


    The current customer-owned SolarCurrents program that is being offered by Detroit Edison accepts only Grid-Tied solar systems, which means the solar system depends on the presence of the utility. When you lose power, the grid-tied solar system will not be able to generate energy. However, to utilize the solar panels when the utility is not presence and still be eligible for the SolarCurrents program, people connected a battery system through an off-grid inverter in addition to the grid-tied inverter. The installation cost for this type of solar system is quite pricey.

  22. Avatar for M M says:

    Tim and others, A great place to start for solar training & just basic info is the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA)in Dimondale.

  23. Avatar for Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred" says:


    That feed-in-tarriff has not past, but there are some substantial rebates still. Please see the link below for DTE program.

    We don’t give individual quotes, btw, but we’re happy to set you up with someone in your area who does. :) Please fill out our form. Thanks.

  24. Avatar for dsb62 dsb62 says:

    I posted somthign similar to Solar Fred.

    Has the feed in tariff described above passed, I cant find anything

  25. Avatar for Rick Waite Rick Waite says:

    The details of Consumers Energy Program are on
    The monthly metering charge for residential systems is only $6/month

  26. Avatar for Dan Hahn Dan Hahn says:

    Hi Jeff,

    I actually updated the page today due to your question tonight. So, thanks for your question and I hope you find the info useful!

    – Dan

  27. Avatar for Jeff Ostrom Jeff Ostrom says:

    In the body of this site you reference a $.65/Kwh feed-in tariff that is contained in a “new energy bill”. I have been unable to find another reference to said bill. Can you help direct my efforts?

  28. Avatar for Pete Pete says:

    Solar Energy will Fail! Under the guise of Global warming the department of Energy (DOE) is part of the program of spraying to form clouds,some people call them chemtrails. Our future is growing Dimmer everyday, which is man made and the men involved are the(CFR). Call senator Levin and ask him about it.Senator Levin is very smart and very informed, I just wish he was on our side (The side of the People).

  29. Avatar for Dale Dale says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong here, but isn’t Michigan’s proposed buy back of $.65/kWh for unused Solar Power a mute point? Since most residential solar generation systems only generate about 25% -50% of the total power used by a household, there wouldn’t be any power being sold back to the power companies. It may sound good, but it looks like there is no bite that goes with this bark…

  30. Avatar for Tim Tim says:

    I have been a residential builder/re modeler for 25 years. Self employed. Business is slow now. How do I become informed and educated as how to offer these to customers and become certified with solar panel system installation installation in Michigan.

  31. Avatar for cathy cathy says:

    was wondering if we install a solar panel system in Michigan and lose power from DTE like we do every year during the summer storms will our system keep running the house

  32. Avatar for Rick Middleton Rick Middleton says:

    Has there been an update on the progress of these Michigan bills?

  33. Avatar for Stan Graff Stan Graff says:

    It would be helpful to be able to deduct the cost of the solar installation from any gains when one sells a house. With payback of 8 years, it may not seem worth it. But with a huge deduction when you sell, it would be great.

  34. Avatar for Keith Warnick Keith Warnick says:

    For businesses and government agencies in need of eco-friendly, quiet and trailerable electricity, I represent SolaRover; solar-powered generators. 10kW or 20kW capacity. No noise, fumes and payback in 3 to 5 years. Can be used as a source for electric car recharging. Contact keith(at)keithwarnick(dot)com for more information.

  35. Avatar for Mark Hagerty Mark Hagerty says:

    Gerald, you are absolutely correct about Michigan’s wind potential. 14th in the entire nation. Michigan just commissioned two 2 megawatt turbines this month. Although the impression you left about our potential for solar is off. Michigan has 4.2hrs of peak sunlight daily, on a yearly average. This is far more than Germany has. Germany is 50% ahead of their goal of 20% renewable by 2020 because of solar. Solar also produces the most when utility companies are at peak demand, keeping us from needing more coal plants. Please check out for the ‘Fun Facts’ section and the ‘MSS Blog’

  36. Avatar for Dave Dave says:

    I just found your site and its very interesting!! I am happy to find a site that deals with solar in Michigan and all across the country as well. I am a student at St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, MI, and my field of study is altrnative energy.

  37. Avatar for Gerald Gerald says:

    I’m amazed how Michigan pushes solar having only about 85 clear days a year… We are much better suited for wind having more coastline than any other state….however virtually no incentives for wind power. A single small turbine generates more power, more reliably than a dozen large solar panels…nonetheless at least effort is being made for alternative energy.

  38. Avatar for Dan Hahn Dan Hahn says:


    Thanks for your comment and call to contact those folks in Lansing!

  39. Avatar for Mark Hagerty Mark Hagerty says:

    If you truely want Michigan to adopt renewable friendly legistlation please contact your local State Congressman also please contact;

    Jennifer M. Granholm, P.O. Box 30013 , Lansing , Michigan 48909
    Frank Accavitti, Jr., P.O. Box 30014 , Lansing , Michigan 48909

    Please tell them to fully support HB5218, HB5548 and HB5549.

    HB5218, sponsored by State Representitive Kathleen Law 23rd District, is discribed above.
    HB5548 and HB5549 will require the utility companies to include renewable sources in their respective energy portfolios.

    You can make a difference if you act.
    Thank you
    Mark Hagerty

  40. Avatar for Chad Chad says:

    I think everybody in Michigan should get solar panels. If i can create the energy i use and it also creates jobs lets all jump on the band wagon.

  41. Avatar for ken wallace ken wallace says:

    I owned a solar energy co. 1981 to 1985 until the energy tax credits ended (selling airwalls). does anyone think there’s any future in these systems if we can get back our 50% federal tax credits?

  42. Avatar for alex alex says:

    check out the new bil just introduced!

    HB 6006 of 2008 Income tax; credit; for the purchase and installation of certain residential renewable energy systems; create.

    Its about time!

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