News & Innovation in Michigan Solar

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How to Be Sure Your Solar System Will Be Safe

When considering a solar purchase for your home or business, safety must not be overlooked. In fact, electrocution and falls are the number one and two cited reasons for construction deaths each year in the United States. This being said, it is...

How to Benefit from Choosing a Local Solar Company

When it comes to selecting the right solar company to design, procure and install an array for your home or business, you have many options. There are some key things to look for in a solar contractor such as the company itself, their values,...

I support solar, but who should own it?

It is no longer a secret that a majority of Americans support renewable energy over fossil fuels in fact, according to a 2019 study conducted by the PEW Research center, 77% of Americans support developing alternative energy generation sources as...

2030 Districts Network: Michigan Clean Energy On The Rise

There are countless organizations and programs out there that promote sustainability and renewable energy in cities, homes and businesses. The 2030 Districts is one such nonprofit organization that strives to, “establish a global network of thriving...

How to Avoid Those Surprise Electricity Rate Hikes

Have you ever been unpleasantly surprised by an electricity bill? Like most Americans, your answer was probably yes. If you're a Michigander your answer was an absolute yes. Unfortunately, electricity prices have been on the rise for the past 25 +...

4 Ways Solar Helps Hotels Make the Most of the Current Downturn

Now, more than ever, the hotel and hospitality industries are under increasing pressure from competition. Traditional hotels are trying to remain relevant, while firms like Airbnb, the home rental app slowly eat into their profits. To preserve their...

Why You Need Emergency Battery Backup Systems Right Now

During the fall, Michigan sees increased storms as the temperature changes. This leads to more stormy weather and power outages across the state.

8 Hidden Reasons to Love Solar PV

The primary benefits of interconnected solar or grid-tied solar are widely recognized as electricity bill reduction, carbon emission offset, and improved resiliency; all of which are excellent benefits of solar panels. However, there are many less...

MSS Recognized as Solaria's Installer of the Week

Michigan Solar Solutions has been selected as Solaria’s featured solar installer of the week as part of their Pro Partner Program! We are proud to be honored from August 31, 2020 through September 4th, 2020 by such an innovative company who strives...

5 Reasons Why Solar Is an Excellent Fit In Michigan

Most people consider states like California and Florida as the top locations for solar. This perception comes from the idea that solar flourishes in warmer climates with lots of sun exposure. While this is partially true, solar makes sense for...

How to Grow Your Business by Promoting Clean Energy

While PR campaigns and media spots are ways to boost your brand image, investing in solar and promoting your value of renewable energy can benefit you also. More and more people today are supporting businesses that are green friendly. A Nielsen...

What is Your Carbon Footprint and How to Reduce It

A product, person, and organization can create a carbon footprint. What is it exactly? A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide CO2, released into the atmosphere by certain activities. For example,...

Net Zero Energy Building: How to Best Leverage Onsite Solar

Net Zero Energy building is an up and coming trend. To be considered Net Zero, commercial buildings and homes must be built and/or restored so their annual energy consumption is equal to their annual onsite energy generation. When energy consumption...

Michigan Solar Solutions Featured on 2020 Top Solar Contractors List

COMMERCE, MICHIGAN, JULY 22, 2020—Although the COVID-19 pandemic is the immediate crisis unfolding at the moment, mitigating climate change is also an urgent issue. Solar PV installation is one way to help reduce greenhouse gases from fossil fuels....

Why Energy Tax Incentives Make Renewable Energy Affordable

A firm’s tax position can make or break its success any given year making it an important consideration when examining the firm’s strategic plan. From the firm’s point of view, tax credits and deductions are used to reduce tax liability and keep...

4 Hidden Ways Solar Can Boost Apartment Building Profits

While businesses and homes often invest in solar power, less frequent customers like owners of multi-family buildings are also well-suited for renewable energy. These include apartments, condos, duplexes, townhomes, and more. Such buildings share...

How to Select the Right Solar Contractor

Have you ever had a poor experience with a home or business contractor? Did it drain you of your time, additional capital, and decision-making capacity? Maybe it left you with an unfinished job or worse, in litigation with no end in sight....

3 Reasons to Care About NABCEP Certified Solar Installers

Every company sources products and services essential to running their operations and maintaining their offerings. Many companies have sourcing policies that require thorough vetting of suppliers to ensure they meet certain standards of quality and...

4 Powerful Ways Michigan's Cannabis Growers Win with Solar

The cannabis industry has grown from out of the weeds to become an intricate supply chain employing growers, distributors, retailers, and all the industries that support their business. All of these businesses require electricity, especially the...

How to Easily Access Your Electricity Bill

When you’re considering installing solar, knowing your electricity costs and usage pattern is crucial to determining the right solar array for you. Michigan Solar Solutions uses a 12 month period of energy usage to size an array specific to a...

How to Be Sure Commercial Buildings Are Not Being Overcharged for Electricity

Every business that occupies a building uses electricity. Whether electricity is used for computers, lights, manufacturing or to power a fleet; electricity is integral to performing day to day functions. However, as the person who pays the bills...

3 Reasons Including Solar in a Building Upgrade is an Excellent Idea

In 2019 alone, 22,102 commercial businesses underwent remodels in the U.S. and thousands of homes also undergo remodels each year.  Is adding solar during a commercial or residential remodel a good idea? Businesses and residents alike may reap the...

Top 5 Ways to Avoid Capital Expense for Renewable Energy Projects

Liquid capital is one of the most valuable assets a business has in its arsenal to continue operations, improve operations and make capital purchases. But in an economic landscape where most businesses work hard to avoid capital expenses, how does a...

4 Ways to Know Solar is a Good Fit for your Business

Big or small, many industrial businesses can reap the benefits of installing solar power. When considering going solar, business executives should consider their goals of the project. Are you interested in going solar to cut your energy consumption...

How to Stop Big Utilities from Taking Away Solar Owner Benefits

Did you know the current Michigan laws are putting solar growth in jeopardy? Believe it or not, Michigan and big utilities have created rules and laws that make it harder to justify installing solar in Michigan - and harder for businesses and...

How to Improve Your Triple Bottom Line with Onsite Solar

In a world with an increasing emphasis on sustainable business, firms now have more choices than ever on how they can become more environmentally sustainable. One common sustainability framework enacted by companies such as DHL and Patagonia is the...

How to Be Sure Your Commercial Solar System is Right for Your Business

As more businesses and building owners are choosing to own their own power source - especially solar - you might be wondering if the technology is a good fit for your business or home? You might even be wondering what it takes to prepare for a solar...

Solar Investment Tax Credit Incentive of 26% in 2020

With the increase in green technology and awareness about climate change, it is no wonder the general enthusiasm for solar power in homes and businesses is on the rise. In fact, according to figures from Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®),...

Ways Your City Can Make Going Solar Easier

Residents, businesses, and municipalities across the U.S. are more and more readily taking advantage of alternative energy sources, especially solar power, than ever before. Millions of homes use solar to power their homes, reducing their carbon...

Winter Solar Production: What to Expect

To maximize your system’s energy production during the winter, there are a couple of things you can do:

Benefits of Solar Power for Schools and Universities

Most people only think of home or business uses of solar panels. Homeowners use solar panels to cover their electric bills. Businesses use alternative energy for many reasons, including being able to use the “going green” label. There are also...

Why Going Green with Solar Power is Good for Business

With the rise of alternative energy, there are even more options available to residential and commercial customers. Solar power provides many benefits for business owners, including increasing their value. This post will go through the top benefits...

Improve the Value of Your Home Through Solar Panel Installation

For investments to be worthwhile, they must return more than they cost. A strong case for solar energy is that it ends up paying for itself. All upfront costs end up getting taken care of through a lowered or eliminated energy bill. Over the life of...

Two Houses of Worship Use Solar Energy as Environmental Stewardship

Many faith-based organizations explore options to serve the earth as a celebration of their faith better. This environmental stewardship runs deep for congregations of all faiths. Houses of worship typically serve many people. This communal effort...

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

In April 2019, 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...

Michigan Solar Solutions and Oak Electric Receive 2018 Joint Business Leadership Award

The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) recognized Michigan Solar Solutions and Oak Electric Services as leaders in the renewable energy industry in Michigan. The 2018 Joint Business Leadership award was presented at the annual GLREA...

MSS Pearl Certified Contractor

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 peace...

New MSS Location in Grand Rapids / West Michigan

We are excited to announce that Michigan Solar Solutions has established a new office in Grand Rapids, Michigan! Our team is passionate about helping people reduce, and potentially eliminate, their electric bill by having their very own solar array...

BEWARE - Solar Power in Michigan; Snake Oil or Reality?

Solar is really starting to take off in Michigan. Unfortunately, as with many industries that start to grow rapidly, everybody and their brother wants to start a solar company to get in on the action. This includes well meaning business people, who...

Michigan Solar Solutions Participates in Earth Day Festival in Rochester

Michigan Solar Solutions was proud to be a participant in the annual 2018 Earth Day Festival in Rochester, Michigan!

Solar: Is It Right For You NOW?

You may have read through our page Is Solar Right For Me?  where we provide a lot of information showing why everyone should be looking at solar.  Financially, it just makes sense - long term. But, there are some homes where the financial benefits...

Congratulations to Karl Hercula - NABCEP Certified Solar Installer

We would like to congratulate Karl Hercula of Michigan Solar Solutions for passing the NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional exam! There are only 12 other technicians in the entire state of Michigan who have accomplished this. According to...

Michigan Solar Solutions: Firefighter Training in Grand Rapids

We recently participated in the Solar Panels Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Emergency Operations, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was sponsored by Grand Valley State University, Consumers Energy and the Allendale Fire Department. This joint effort has...

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

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 declared it "contrary to...

When Is The Best Time to Install a Solar Array in Michigan?

Here is a solar production curve by month for a 8.835kWp solar array in Michigan. The question is, does it make sense to go solar at year-end for tax credit OR Spring in time for the solar production season? Both answers are good but the correct...

Solar in Grand Rapids On the Rise

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, according to an article written by Justin Dawes and published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal....

Do Solar Panels Work in the Snow? YES!

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 has some snow on the panels. Also inserted is a photo of...

14 Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

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 life!  

Ann Arbor Energy Commission Acknowledges Efforts of Michigan Solar Solutions and Oak Electric

At the September 2017 meeting of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission, Mark Clevey submitted a resolution to, "acknowledge the Energy Office, Oak Electric and Michigan Solar Solutions for their outstanding efforts to maintain the integrity of the Ann...

14 Facts About The Sun and Solar Energy

Our sun is quite magnificent, for a number of reasons. If you, like many, believe that Michigan doesn't receive enough sunlight for solar, think again. Here are some Michigan solar facts and other sun information.
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