Michigan Community Solar Alliance forms as state considers enabling legislation

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To expand the accessibility and availability of solar energy to all Michiganders, a new statewide alliance has been formed to advocate for solar energy savings, economic opportunity and customer empowerment.

The Michigan Community Solar Alliance (MCSA) Encourages the passage of House Bills 4715 and 4716, legislation to amend Michigan law to allow subscription-based solar community projects in the state. Direct participation in these programs is currently prohibited under state law, limiting access to solar energy.

MCSA is led by 13 founding organizations that together advocate for more solar power opportunities in Michigan. The alliance includes:

  • Associated Builders and Contractors Michigan
  • The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America – Michigan Chapter
  • Coalition for Community Solar Access
  • Ecological center
  • Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association
  • MI Air MI Health
  • Michigan Conservative Energy Forum
  • Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council
  • Michigan energy options
  • Michigan Environmental Council
  • Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Sierra Club Michigan
  • Vote for Solar Action Fund

“Expanding solar projects in the community will give Michiganders, who have some of the highest energy costs in the Midwest, more opportunities to reduce their energy costs with affordable solar power,” said Nick Occhipinti of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. “It’s time to cut the red tape and unnecessary barriers to solar energy in the community so communities across Michigan can reduce pollution of our air and water, tackle climate change, and save money on energy costs.”

MCSA is supporting House Bills 4715 and 4716, sponsored by state representatives Michele Hoitenga and Rachel Hood, to update state law to allow access to community solar panels in Michigan. Adding local solar installations makes the electricity grid stronger and more resilient, as a network of local solar facilities can help distribute the electrical load evenly.

“Legislation to enable community solar power would expand the market for solar energy projects in the state, create local jobs, grow existing businesses and attract new businesses to the state,” said Laura Sherman, president of Michigan. Energy Innovation Business Council. “A robust community solar market would give Michigan residents and businesses more options to choose solar, which is good for Michigan jobs and small businesses.”

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