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 zeros after it) of incoming solar radiation from the sun, at any given point in time
  • 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.
  • The sun is approximately 90 million miles from the Earth.  It takes energy waves 8 minutes and 19 seconds to travel from the sun to the Earth.
  • The International Space Station is completely powered with solar energy.  The space program started using solar panels in 1958.
  • Solar panels first came onto the market in 1956
  • Solar energy has been used for over 2700 years:  In 700 B.C., glass lenses were used to make fire
  • As of 2017, China is the world leader in renewable energy, the US comes in second and Germany is third
  • In 1447, Leonardo Da Vinci predicted there would be a solar industrialization
  • The cost of solar is the inverse of the cost of oil:  The more panels that are produced, the less they will cost;  The more oil consumed, the more it will cost.
  • As of 2017, three OPEC members, with no incentives for energy production, requested proposals for the cheapest form of energy generation.  In each case, solar won!  These countries included Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
  • On a yearly average, Michigan has approximately 4.1 hours of peak sunlight per day.  In contrast, Arizona averages 6.6 hours of peak sunlight per day.  One hour of peak sunlight delivers 1,000 Watts of power, per square meter.

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...

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...

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...

Personal Property Tax Exemption for Solar Panels

Michigan property owners with solar panels are likely eligible for 100 percent tax exemption Current tax rules likely exempt most small-scale systems LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) and Michigan Public Service...

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...

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

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