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Wind Facts In 2008 the USA became the largest producer of wind power in the world. Good wind turbine location is very important. An increase in wind speed of 25% could double the power produced from the turbine. Michigan’s Lake Michigan coast and the ‘thumb’ areas of Saginaw Bay are some of the best locations in the USA for Wind turbines.

The Vestas V90 wind turbine has 148′ blades on a 262′ tower totaling 410′ tall, and generates 1.8 mega (million) watts. T. Boone Pickens, famed Texas oil billionaire, announced in June of 2007 that he was creating the world’s largest wind farm in the panhandle of Texas. Once completed it will have 2000 wind turbines generating 4000 mega (million) watts of electricity.

Sun Facts On a yearly average, southeastern Michigan has more than 4.2 hours of clear sun per day. Michigan’s climate creates more voltage per sunlight hour than hotter climates like Southern California, Arizona and Florida. On a clear day the energy that hits 1 square meter of earth equals 1000 watts of energy. The energy that hits the earth from 1 hour of sunshine could power the planet for a year. Silicon cells, the major component of solar panels, manufactured from 1 ton of sand can produce as much electricity as burning 500,000 tons of coal.

Global Energy Germany is 50% ahead of their goal of achieving 20% renewable energy by 2020! Germany has much less sunshine per year then southeastern Michigan. http://howto.altenergystore.com/Reference-Materials/Solar-Insolation-Map-World/a43/ Denmark will produce over 30% of their energy this year from wind turbines.

Industry Growth The U. S. Energy Administration announced in October, 2008, that renewable energy production was up 32% over the prior year. Revenue in the solar power industry grew 30% a year from 2000 to 2007. In 2000 revenue was $3.41 billion. In 2007 revenue hit $21.2 billion. Total solar installations as of the end of 2007 were as follows; Germany 3.78 GW, Japan 1.9 GW, USA 903 MW, Spain 670.4 MW, Italy 107.5 MW, and South Korea 84.54 MW. Total solar installations account for 0.018% of the world’s 2005 energy supply. Solar homes are selling at a much quicker pace than homes without solar. In a recent survey of 100,000 people, 90% stated that solar should be an option on all new homes. See http://www.builderonline.com/green-building/solar-powered-sales.aspx for more information.

What Anyone Can Do And Everyone Should Do Americans account for 5% of the world’s population but consume 25% of the resources. If every U.S. household replaced just one standard 60 watt bulb with an LED bulb we could save 24,184.4 mega (million) watts per day. That would be equal to eliminating one of the largest power plants in the U.S. (Based on 103 million households with an average use of 4 hrs per day per house.)

Energy Policy Notes T. Boone Pickens has launched a national campaign to help our country develop a national energy plan. Please click on the following link and check it out. www.pickensplan.com The power company has to generate 3.3 kwh of energy to deliver 1 kwh of energy to the average household. The US gives $700,000,000,000.00 every year to foreign countries for oil. Becoming energy independent will help balance our foreign trade, strengthen our dollar and keep the money out of foreign countries that want to use it to hurt us. In 1972 the US imported 24% of the oil we needed. In 2008 it hit 70% and is still climbing. It is currently against the law for US companies to drill on the continental shelf, in international waters, off the coast. Meanwhile China and Mexico, not having these restrictions, are pumping away. RECENT DEVELOPMENT – Congress will allow the moratorium against offshore drilling to expire after three decades.

MSS Partners with Michigan State University Students at the Solar Decathlon Design Competition

In April, a group of 5 Michigan State University students traveled to Golden, Colorado to present their research in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Competition. The Solar Decathlon is a worldwide collegiate competition where students are faced with global sustainability issues and teams work to design energy efficient residences, work places, schools, and more that will appeal to their intended market.

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NEW RGS Solar Shingles!

Michigan Solar Solutions is proud to announce our new product line, RGS POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles! MSS is proud to have been chosen as RGS's premier partner in the state and is excited to sell a product that was originally developed by Dow in...

DTE Requests 9.1% rate increase

According to an article in Crain’s Detroit, DTE submitted a rate increase of 9.1% for residential customers and 4.3% for commercial customers.  Industry professionals anticipate other electric companies in Michigan to follow...

Pearl Certification

Michigan Solar Solutions is Pearl Certified! Only the network of elite, highly-quality contractors can offer Pearl Certification. Michigan Solar Solutions is the only Pearl Certified solar contractor in Michigan. In other words, you can have...

Statewide Solar Home Tours

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Emergency Power System: Grid-Hybrid

Michigan Solar Solutions wants to help homeowners to understand the value of having an emergency power system. The story below is meant to help homeowners understand what options are available and what benefits each option offers. As evening...

MSS Welcomes two new staff members

Michigan Solar Solutions welcomes two new staff members to its ranks.   Mikki Blinke has joined our Operations department and will become the primary contact for customer service.  Prior to joining MSS, she worked as an office...

Solar: Is it right for you NOW?

You may have read our previous blog Is Solar Right For Me?  In that blog, we provide a lot of information showing why everyone should be looking at solar.  Financially, it just makes sense - long term.  But, there are...

Michigan Solar Policy Updates - The Good & The Bad

Earlier in the year, we asked for your help in reaching out to the MPSC to encourage them to keep reimbursement rates the same - in favor of solar.  On April 20th (Earth Day of all days!) their decision was made public.  Michigan Solar...

Sales Property Tax Update - GLREA

The consumer tip, Personal Property Tax Exemption for Solar Panels, released by the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) and Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has caused much confusion as some local tax assessors have...

Personal Property Tax Exemption for Solar Panels

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Tariff on Solar Panels

The president has taken the recommendation of the International Trade Council and instituted a 30% tariff on most imported solar cells and modules. While the solar industry voice has been very loud in opposition we need to keep in mind the industry...

Solar in Grand Rapids Michigan on the Rise

Congratulations to Grand Rapids Michigan!        In December of 2017, Grand Rapids Michigan became one of just twelve cities across the U.S. selected to participate in the Zero Cities Project,...

Do Solar Panels Work in the Snow? YES!

Solar Panels Work in the Snow in Michigan People often ask if their solar panels will work in the snow.  The answer is yes. . . some times.  You can see in the photo above that the Michigan Solar Solutions office in Riverdale...

Michigan is 15th Best in the Nation for Solar!

Michigan is the 15th best state in the country for return on investment for dollars spent on solar. The cost of the system, cost of electricity, state policy and the output of the system were used to establish the return for all fifty...

Energy Savings

Through energy savings actions, the average home can reduce their energy consumption by 40%.  Being energy efficient extends the life of appliances and makes your home more comfortable!  You can reduce consumption without losing quality of...

Is Solar Right for Me?

Have you ever wondered if solar makes sense for you?  The truth is solar makes sense for many homeowners, but they never really investigated it.  Solar can save you tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the array.  Solar...

SB438 Senate Bill

November 9th 2015 Currently the state senate energy & technology committee is debating bill SB438.  This bill will decrease the amount of credit solar net metering customers receive for the power they put onto the grid.  The current situation...

DTE SolarCurrents program ends TODAY!

Let MSS submit your application for solar incentives today.  DTE is taking applications until 5:00pm today February 13, 2014.  Drawing to be held February 27, 2014.  There is no risk to enter the application process.

Builders and Developers

Solar energy is on the rise in Michigan! Builders and Developers should offer solar as an option or a standard feature on your homes. Homebuilders around the country are becoming more savvy about the benefits of solar and how it can sell homes...

Sun Facts

  Michigan's climate creates more voltage per sunlight hour than hotter climates like Southern California, Arizona and Florida because solar panels perform better in colder temperatures. The Earth receives 122 petawatts (122 with 15...

Wind Facts

In 2008 the USA became the largest producer of wind power in the world. Good wind turbine location is very important. An increase in wind speed of 25% could double the power produced from the turbine. Michigan's Lake Michigan coast and...

Wind Turbines

There are two basic styles of wind turbines; Horizontal axis and vertical axis. The horizontal axis is the type most people think about that resembles a fan. The vertical axis is the style that has the blades that spin around the tower. *...

Do It Yourself

Michigan Solar Solutions offers our Parts and Smarts program, for those that are handy and enjoy "Do It Yourself" projects.  This option allows you to do some of the installation work yourself and will save you thousands of dollars on...

The Average Return on Solar in Michigan is Over 10% Per Year

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