News & Innovation in Michigan Solar

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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...

SPECIAL EDITION: Powering Michigan Forward Bills

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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...

Solar Incentives Including Rebates & Savings Make Going Solar Smart

Many people are on the lookout for how to save money on utilities while also helping the environment. Solar panels create an opportunity for home and business owners to save money and energy. Too often, the installation costs cause potential solar...

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...

Welcome to Our New Website!

We've added great new features and updated our content to bring you the most up to date information about our company.  Check back often for updates.

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...

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 suit.  Coupled with the...

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 peace...

Statewide Solar Home Tours

Learn About Solar From Your Neighbor 23nd Annual Michigan Solar Home Tour and Open House Coming to a Community Near You LANSING -- On October 6, the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) is sponsoring the 23nd Annual Michigan Solar Home...

Request for your assistance: Recruiting the Michigan Green Army Reserve!

On Earth Day 2018, the Michigan Public Service Commission announced their ruling to replace Net Metering with Distributive Generation.  This has the potential to significantly slow the growth of residential and commercial solar projects.  This is...

Michigan Solar Solutions: New 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,...

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...

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.  We answered many solar questions for attendees and were even interviewed by Amy Ingalls with CMNtv.org.  They put together a...

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 some homes where the financial...

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 administrator and...

Congratulations to Karl Hercula - NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional

  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...

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 Solutions...

Michigan Solar Solutions: Fire Fighter Training in Grand Rapids

Michigan Solar Solutions (MSS) 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...

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...

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...

When is the best time to install a solar array in Michigan?

Solar production curve by month for a solar array in Michigan. Example: 8.835 kwp solar array   Year-end for tax credit OR Spring in time for the solar production season???  Both answers are good but the correct answer for the home owner depends on...

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, according to an article written by Justin Dawes and...

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 has some snow...

Copy and Paste Letter to MPSC about reducing value of Reimbursement Rate

Below is a sample letter. . . Feel free to copy and paste the following into an email or letter to the MPSE.  Don't forget to change the date and put your name at the bottom.  Customizing your message is encouraged to voice your opinion.

Grass Roots Effort Request - Reimbursement Rate for Renewable Energy

Please read, then take a moment to help renewable energy in Michigan. The Michigan Public Services Commission (MPSC) has released their intent regarding the Grid Access Fees and Reimbursement Rate that is in the state’s new energy bill.  This could...

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 states. ...

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 life!  

How to Select a Contractor to Provide and Install a Solar Array?

So you are interested in going solar, but you don't know who to turn to.  Do you hire the first company that knocks on your door?  The following are some questions you should ask yourself when deciding which contractor you should chose to provide...

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 works in every state...

Ann Arbor Energy Commission acknowledges efforts of Michigan Solar Solutions and Oak Electric

At the September 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...

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 is not...

Results of DTE SolarCurrent Offering #3 are in!

If you were selected, call us and we will guide you through the process!

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.

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The Most Important Solar Statistics of 2013  

Wayne County and Huron County have approved P.A.C.E financing!

After more than a year of consideration and planning, the Wayne County Commission voted unanimously on December 5, 2013 to create a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district that will assist business owners in financing energy efficiency...

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...

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'...

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)...

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. * Horizontal...

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 typical...

Fun Facts

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...
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