Bipartisan Michigan legislators present community solar-enabling legislation

Mar 8, 2023 05:17 PM ET
  • Michigan residents and businesses can decrease their utility expenses, enhance the state's energy grid, and also join Michigan's growing solar economic climate under bipartisan legislation introduced on March 7 by state Senators Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and also Ed McBroom (R-Waucedah Township).

Senate Bills 152 and also 153 would make it possible for electrical customers to subscribe to a community solar project and also receive credit on their power bill for the power produced, as if the panels were on their very own roofing.

" Solar power brings a great deal of economic and also environmental benefits, but not everyone has the ability to develop their very own solar array," Sen. Irwin claimed. "These bills provide individuals, organizations and businesses the option to take part in affordable renewable energy generation in their own communities."

" Michigan residents as well as businesses should have to be able to pick where their electricity is guaranteed," Sen. McBroom claimed. "These small-scale, neighborhood solar projects will be especially helpful to residents, providing a chance to independently create energy on their own as well as their next-door neighbors, and giving savings on energy bills for those who subscribe."

Community solar projects, limited to 5 MW, would certainly permit any person with space-- home owners, local business, government buildings, schools and also churches-- to set up as well as share a solar facility with their members or next-door neighbors. These arrays are generally built on small parcels of underutilized farmland, yet can likewise be built on big commercial rooftops, car park, brownfields or recovered mining lands.

Recent mass outages have underscored the demand to improve electrical dependability in Michigan. Community solar can assist enhance the grid. A new research study highlights the magnitude of the economic cost of power outages in Michigan. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Michigan has even worse dependability than the united state average, both in regards to hours of electric solution interruption and the variety of disturbances. Local solar can be part of the solution because the power is generated near to where it's needed, powering homes as well as small businesses also throughout need spikes and also widespread outages.

" The Michigan Community Solar Alliance applauds Senators Irwin and also McBroom for their introduction Senate Bills 152 as well as 153-- bipartisan legislation that would certainly allow subscription-based community solar projects in the state," stated Carlo Cavallaro, Midwest Regional Director for Coalition for Community Solar Access. "The intro of this legislation-- specifically as Michigan still recoups from the current enormous power outage-- is an essential step forward in the initiative to increase the availability as well as availability of clean, affordable, reliable and also renewable energy to all Michiganders. These bills additionally will certainly enable Michigan to benefit from billions of incentive bucks that are available for community solar programs through the just recently passed Inflation Reduction Act."

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