Solar power in Michigan
Solar power in Michigan has been growing in recent years due to new technological improvements and a variety of regulatory actions and financial incentives, particularly a 30% federal tax credit, available through 2016, for any size project.
In 2002, Stanford R. Ovshinsky built a factory in Auburn Hills, Michigan to build low cost Uni-Solar panels using amorphous semiconductors that generate power in diffuse light. However, even though production has increased to over 300 million watts per year, the panels are sold at a price that the market will bear, not at half as proposed. Uni-Solar is the second largest manufacturer of thin film solar cells, after First Solar, and is a developer of solar shingles.
The Government of Michigan has taken a variety of actions in order to encourage solar energy use within the state.
The state has a net metering program that allows installations of up to 20 kW of on-site electrical generation to continuously roll over any excess generation to the next month. Participation is limited to 0.75% of utilities peak demand the prior year. Peak demand for the state for 2011 was 21,477 MW.
Renewable portfolio standard
The state adopted a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in 2008 which requires that 10% of Michigan's electricity come from renewable resources by 2015. A program to add 2 MW of solar by Consumers Energy customers was reached in two weeks, and the state directed the company to offer another 2 MW at a cost not to exceed $20 million.
Systems of 0.4 MW and larger
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor||0.655||DTE Energy SolarCurents, 2 locations|
|GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly||Hamtramck||0.5||DTE Energy SolarCurents|
|Ford Michigan Assembly||Wayne||0.5||DTE Energy SolarCurents|
|Monroe County Community College||Monroe||0.5||DTE Energy SolarCurents|
|Indian Springs Metropark||White Lake||0.5||DTE Energy SolarCurents|
|Riopelle Farms||Harbor Beach||0.5||DTE Energy SolarCurents|
|St. Clair RESA||Marysville||0.5||DTE Energy SolarCurents|
|Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary||Monroe||0.5||DTE Energy SolarCurents|
|Wil Le Farms||Bad Axe||0.5||DTE Energy SolarCurents|
- List of power stations in Michigan
- Solar power in the United States
- Renewable energy in the United States
- Wind power in Michigan
- Functionality of the UNI-SOLAR® PV Cells
- Whatever Happened to Low-Cost Solar Power?
- Thin Film Solar Firms
- UNI-SOLAR Brand Debuts First Ever, UL-Approved, Standard-Production Residential Solar Module Roof Shingle
- Mich.'s Largest Solar Array Plugged In Atop IKEA
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