net metering program
The net metering program enables Michigan's utility, cooperative and AES customers to develop on-site renewable energy electric generation projects to meet some or all of their electric energy needs and reduce their electric bills. Under the net metering program, customers may install an on-site renewable energy electric generation project, such as a wind turbine or solar photovoltaic panel. The project must be sized small enough so that it is no larger than what is needed to meet a customer's electric energy needs. The customer will be able to reduce their electricity purchases from the utility by using their generated electricity "behind the meter." As of December, 2015, Michigan had over 2,000 customers participating in net metering.