Solar energy development is rapidly growing in Michigan as technology and price continue to become more accessible. For both small-scale and utility-scale projects, the resources below can help identify the right policies for your community.
SOLAR IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Communities around the state are exploring solar power to offset the costs and emissions of other energy sources. Solar panels provide a flexible alternative to coal and gas power plants that can allow communities to produce clean energy for local residents and the rest of the state. These resources will help you prepare, plan, and zone for solar energy production in your community.
Becoming Solar Ready Guidebook
Becoming Solar-Ready: A Guide for Michigan Governments, produced under a grant to the Clean Energy Coalition from the MEDC—Michigan Energy Office, includes sample permitting checklists, board and council resolutions, and planning/zoning language.
Integrating Solar Energy into Local Plans
Integrating Solar Energy into Local Plans, one of the American Planning Association's Solar Briefing Papers, is a short guide on incorporating goals, objectives, policies, and actions that support solar energy use into local plans.