Michigan Solar Rebates And Incentives

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Michigan Rebates and Incentives Summary

Michigan

Michigan, more exactly Detroit, is known as motor city and rock city. This history conjures images of black leather, KISS and an awful lot of gasoline. This petroleum-driven economy has faced significant challenges. Motor City was hit hard by the recession, and the whole state has been trying to reinvent itself and encourage industry and individuals to invest in the state’s future. Renewable energy has been central to this reinvention, and even General Motors and Ford have adopted solar energy.

In 2008, Michigan passed its Renewable Energy Standards (RES). Under the RES, all of Michigan’s utilities must source at least 10 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2015. The state’s legislature has been debating how to amend the RES for 2016 and beyond. Central to the debate is whether to lift the mandatory 10 percent renewable energy mandate and changing the net metering law.

Solar particularly benefited from the RES, being the fastest growing segment of the economy in the state during the last decade. Michigan ranks thirty-second in the nation for solar capacity, but installations were up by 33% in 2014.

The majority of Michigan’s electricity comes from coal-fired plants and nuclear power. Michigan also has substantial natural gas reserves, and this fossil fuel accounts for more energy usage than any other single source. Although Michigan is a northern state and has harsh winters, it still receives enough sunlight to warrant solar. As a northern state with cold winters, Michigan also incentivizes insulation and energy efficiency investment for homes and buildings to help reduce their energy use.

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Building Energy Code

Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP web sites.

The Bureau of Construction Codes is responsible for the administration of the State Construction Code Act (1972 PA 230), also known as the Uniform Construction Code.

The state energy code is evaluated for revisions or modifications every three years. The new code requirements are adopted at the beginning of each state building code cycle (which corresponds with

City of Ann Arbor - Green Power Purchasing

In May 2006, the Ann Arbor City Council adopted a resolution that established a goal of 30% renewable energy for all municipal operations by 2010, with an associated 20% reduction in greenhouse gases. The resolution also established a goal of 20% renewable energy for the entire Ann Arbor community by 2015. In July 2009, the EPA announced that the city of Ann Arbor was among the top-20 users of on-site renewable energy in the nation. The city generates and uses roughly 8.9 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually from green energy sources, primarily biogas, solar, and small hydroelectric facilities. This amounts to

City of Ann Arbor - PACE Financing

Note:  In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not underwrite commercial mortgages. Visit PACENow for more information about PACE financing

City of Detroit - SmartBuildings Detroit Green Fund Loan

Note: Check the program web site for information regarding solicitations.

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of the City of Detroit is offering financial assistance to commercial, institutional and public buildings in Detroit that install energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Loans are available between $50,000 to $150,000. Eligible technologies include building insulation, glazing treatments, windows, doors, weatherstripping, insulated roofs, solar panels, geothermal installations, wind, hydroelectric, thermal load reduction, HVAC, interior and exterior lighting, electrical, humidification and low flow water/plumbing projects. Other technologies may also be eligible for funding. In order to apply for financial assistance, contact the Program Manager listed

City of Grand Rapids - Green Building Requirements for Municipal Buildings

In January 2006, the City of Grand Rapids approved a resolution detailing the city's sustainability policy for public buildings. The resolution directed city personnel to implement the principles for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program and the EPA Energy Star and Green Lights programs. Included in this was a specific requirement that all construction and renovation projects involving municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet and a cost of $1 million or more receive LEED certification.

City of Grand Rapids - Green Power Purchasing Policy

Note: The City of Grand Rapids was named No. 16 on the EPA Top 30 governments list for renewables on October 27, 2014. The city's annual green power usage in kWh is 25,948,200. GP % of total electicity use is 26%. Green power resources are biogas, solar, and wind. Providers are consumer energy and on-site generation.

In 2005, the City of Grand Rapids established a goal of purchasing 20% of its municipal power demand from renewable energy by 2008. In November 2007, the city signed a three-year agreement with a three-year renewable with Consumers Energy to purchase Green-e Certified blocks

City of Lansing - Green Power Purchasing Policy

By an executive order from the Mayor's Office, City of Lansing facilities are required to procure 10% of their energy consumption from renewable sources by 2010, escalating to 15% in 2015 and 20% in 2020. This green power purchasing policy is part of a broader initiative designed to reduce the contribution that city facilities make to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Several additional provisions apart from green power procurement are contained in the order, among them a goal of reducing energy use in city facilities by 10% as soon as it is practical and mandates that city facilities purchase

Coldwater Board of Public Utilities - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities (CBPU) offers incentives that encourage residential customers to install energy efficient appliances and energy saving measures.  Rebates are available for LED lamps, programmable thermostats, Energy Star TV, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, heat pump water heaters, electric hot water heaters, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, clothes dryer, room/central AC, and furnace fan ECM motors. View the program website for more information on rebates and to review a list of eligible equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumers Energy (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Program

Consumers Energy residential electric customers are eligible to apply for a variety of rebates on energy efficient equipment. Customers must install equipment in the Consumers Energy service area and receive electric service from Consumers Energy for the appliance purchased. Consumers Energy may verify sales transactions and that installed energy-saving measures meet all applicable building codes, zoning laws, local, state, and federal requirements. A contractor’s invoice itemizing the purchased equipment and indicating type, make, model, price, serial numbers, and date of purchase must accompany each Consumers Energy Incentive Request Form.

For more information about income-qualified incentives or incentives for new construction,

Consumers Energy (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Program

Consumers Energy residential gas customers are eligible to apply for a variety of rebates on energy efficient equipment. Furnaces, boilers, water heating units, insulation, windows, doors, energy audits and comprehensive improvements are eligible under this program. Customers must install equipment in the Consumers Energy service area and receive gas service from Consumers Energy for the appliance purchased. Consumers Energy may verify sales transactions and that installed energy-saving measures meet all applicable building codes, zoning laws, local, state, and federal requirements. A contractor’s invoice itemizing the purchased equipment and indicating type, make, model, price, serial numbers, and date of purchase must

Consumers Energy - Experimental Advanced Renewable Program

Note: The Experimental Advanced Renewable Energy Program is closed to new participants. New distributed generation customers of Consumers Energy can refer to Michigan's net metering policy and visit the Consumers Energy net metering webpage for an alternative option.

The Experimental Advanced Renewable Energy Program (EARP) offers Consumers Energy residential and non-residential customers a buy-back tariff program for electricity produced by solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and anaeorobic digestion. The pilot version of the program began in 2009 and closed in December 2010, but an expanded version of the program has extended into 2015. 

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DTE Energy (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Program

DTE offers a combination of energy audit discounts and rebates for the installation of energy efficiency improvements in Detroit Edison Electric and Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. service areas. Actual rebate levels vary according to whether the customer receives MichCon gas, DTE electric service, or both. Eligible measures and equipment includes WiFi thermostats, energy audits, insulation, central ac systems, appliance recycling, and air sealing. Customers should check the program web site for details.

The application and supporting documentation must be received within 30 days of audit completion, and sales invoices or paid receipts must accompany applications. All equipment must be purchased

DTE Energy (Gas) - Residential Energy Efficiency Program

DTE offers a combination of energy audit discounts and rebates for the installation of energy efficiency improvements in Detroit Edison Electric and Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. service areas. Actual rebate levels vary according to whether the customer receives MichCon gas, DTE electric service, or both. Eligible measures and equipment includes clothes washers, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, energy audits, insulation, room air conditioning, appliance recycling, furnaces, boilers, air sealing, and energy audits. Customers should check the program web site for details (see rebate chart). Heating system applications must be filled out separately from Home Energy Audit offers. Rebates also vary based by

Efficiency United (Gas) - Residential Efficiency Program

The Efficiency United program is intended to provide assistance and incentives to customers who employ energy efficient measures. Programs offer rebates on natural gas water heaters, clothes washers, pipe wrap, water heaters, furnaces, boilers, and thermostats. Incentives will be provided to the home owner and based on fulfilling energy efficiency standards.

Efficiency United

Semco Energy
Wisconsin Public Service Corp (WPS)
XCEL Energy
Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU)

*Note: Any single utility may choose which of the available technologies to offer to its customers. All incentives listed above are not available in every service area.

Efficiency United member utilities also offer residential

Energy Efficiency in State Buildings

In October 2008, the Michigan legislature enacted a series of bills addressing several components of the state’s energy markets. Among the enacted laws was Public Act (P.A.) 295, which renewed and revised the state’s commitment to energy efficiency in state facilities that had previously been addressed under several Executive Directives. The new law also created a state renewables portfolio standard (RPS), revised the state’s net metering law, and provided for the formation of the Wind Energy Resource Zone Board to investigate state wind resources, electricity transmission and siting issues.

In the area of state government energy efficiency, P.A. 295 sets

Energy Optimization (Electric) - Residential Efficiency Program

The Energy Optimization Programs, administered by  the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) collaborative, provide residential electric incentives for the following Michigan utilities:

Energy Optimization

  • Alger-Delta Electric Cooperative
  • Cloverland Electric Cooperative
  • Daggett Electric Company
  • City of Escanaba
  • Great Lakes Energy Cooperative
  • HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative
  • Marquette Board of Light and Power
  • Midwest Energy Cooperative
  • Newberry Water and Light Board
  • Ontonagon County Rural Electrification Association
  • Presque Isle Electric and Gas Cooperative
  • City of South Haven
  • City of Stephenson

The Michigan Public Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act (Public Act 295), passed in October 2008, provided original authorization to create these energy efficiency

Energy Smart - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (16 Municipalities)

Franklin Energy Services has partnered with the Michigan Public Power Agency (MPPA), which is made up of 16 municipal utilities, to offer the Energy Smart Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. Residential electric customers served by one of the 16 participating utilities are eligible for rebates on energy efficient upgrades. Purchased products must meet program standards in order to receive rebates, please refer to the Program Application for all equipment requirements and guidelines. The Energy Smart Program also offers a $50 rebate for allowing JACO (an appliance recycler contracted through Franklin Energy) to pick up and properly dispose of inefficient, yet

Great Lakes Energy - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Great Lakes Energy offers rebates to residential customers for the purchase of efficiency air-source heat pumps or geothermal heat pumps. A rebate of $250 is available for air-source heat pumps, and a $500 rebate is available for geothermal heat pumps. View the program website listed above to view program and efficiency specifics.
A variety of rebates may also be available to Great Lake Energy residential customers through the Energy Optimization program provided by the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association.  Through this program, rebates exist for energy efficient appliances, lighting, HVAC equipment, and other energy saving measures.  For more information on these incentive

Interconnection Standards

The Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) first adopted interconnection standards for distributed generation (DG) in September 2003. The original standards provided for 5 levels of interconnection with cutoffs at 30 kilowatts (kW), 150 kW, 750 kW, and 2 megawatts (MW), but left many details of the interconnection process up to the utilities. In October 2008 Michigan enacted Public Act 295 (P.A. 295), creating a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) and authorizing the development of a mandatory, statewide net-metering program. In May 2009, the PSC issued an order formally adopting new net metering rules and revised interconnection rules to implement P.A.

Lansing Board of Water & Light - Hometown Energy Savers Residential Rebates

The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) offers the Hometown Energy Savers Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. Eligible customers in single family homes or multifamily buildings may receive rebates on efficient equipment. Some rebate amounts vary by equipment efficiency or capacity. Purchased products must meet all program standards in order to receive rebates. Application forms are available on the program website. Customers can contact BWL for any further information about this program.

Lean and Green Michigan PACE

Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing effectively allows property owners to finance energy improvements with no upfront costs. The cost of the project is repaid via a special assessment on the property over a period of years. Commercial, industrial, and multi-family property owners (five units and up) in a participating city or county can participate in Lean & Green Michigan. 

Interested property owners should start by performing an energy audit on their facilities to find the most cost effective energy improvements. Lean & Green Michigan can help customers find a contractor to perform the audit. Interested property owners should then apply

Local Option - Property Assessed Clean Energy

Note:  In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has authority over mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, directed these enterprises against purchasing mortgages of homes with a PACE lien due to its senior status above a mortgage. Most residential PACE activity subsided following this directive; however, some residential PACE programs are now operating with loan loss reserve funds, appropriate disclosures, or other protections meant to address FHFA's concerns. Commercial PACE programs were not directly affected by FHFA’s actions, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do not underwrite commercial mortgages. Visit PACENow for more information about PACE financing

Michigan Accelerating Technologies (MATch) Energy Grant

NextEnergy launched the MATch (Michigan Accelerating Technologies) Energy Grant on December 1, 2012. MATch provides cost-share and/or commercialization funds to eligible Michigan businesses and universities applying for advanced energy-related, non-SBIR/STTR federal funding from the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, Department of Transportation, etc. A current list of eligible funding opportunities is available on the program website.

In addition to matching funds, NextEnergy will provide federal funding application services to select companies and universities. For selected companies and universities who go on to win competitively-bid federal funding opportunities, NextEnergy will also provide commercialization services as needed (e.g., technology-to-market intelligence, value

Michigan Saves - Business Energy Financing

Michigan Saves is a non-profit that offers financing options for energy efficiency improvements throughout Michigan. The Business Energy Financing Program was started with seed funding from the Michigan Public Service Commission. Financing for businesses and nonprofits throughout the state of Michigan are now available. The program was originally available only to small commercial buildings within the City of Detroit owned by non-profits or local businesses and has expanded to public sector, multifamily, and commercial buildings statewide. 

Pre-qualification application materials are available on the program web site.

Michigan Saves - Home Energy Loan Program

Michigan Saves is a non-profit that offers financing options for energy efficiency improvements throughout Michigan. The Home Energy Loan Program was started with seed funding from the Michigan Public Service Commission. Loans are available for owner-occupied, single-family homes with 1-4 units (primary or secondary residences) for energy efficiency improvements. Multi-unit homes are only eligible if the owner resides in one of the units. In addition to energy efficiency improvements, solar thermal, solar water heaters, and PV systems between 1 kW and 20 kW in size are eligible for loans.

Loan applications can be completed over the phone or internet through

Net Metering

Note: After June 1, 2018, utilities will file new distributed generation tariffs following the "inflow-outflow" methodology approved by the MPSC as part of their general rate cases. Customers that began or begin net metering service before the new tariff for their utility is approved will be able to continue taking service under the old net metering tariff for 10 years following the date of their enrollment, after which they will move to the new tariff. 

In October 2008, Michigan enacted P.A. 295, requiring the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to establish a statewide net metering program for renewable energy

Nonrefundable Business Activity Tax Credit

Note: Public Act 38 of 2011 repealed the Michigan Business Tax (MBT) and implemented the Corporate Income Tax (CIT). Public Act 39 was passed in conjunction with the CIT and allows for certain credits awarded under the MBT to be retained for the duration of the agreements. Businesses receiving certain credits, including Renaissance Zone credits, may choose to either continue to file under the MBT to continue claiming their credits, or file under the CIT. Certain Renaissance Zone credits will not be awarded after 2011; Michigan can still award Renewable Energy Renaissance Zone Credits.

Businesses engaged in alternative energy research,

Refundable Payroll Tax Credit

Note: Public Act 38 of 2011 repealed the Michigan Business Tax (MBT) and implemented the Corporate Income Tax (CIT). Public Act 39 was passed in conjunction with the CIT and allows for certain credits awarded under the MBT to be retained for the duration of the agreements. Businesses receiving certain credits, including Renaissance Zone credits, may choose to either continue to file under the MBT to continue claiming their credits, or file under the CIT. No additional Renaissance Zone credits will be awarded after 2011.

Businesses certified by the NextEnergy Authority that locate in the NextEnergy Zone to research, develop,

Renewable Energy Program Grants

The Michigan Energy Office (MEO), within the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE), provides funding for renewable energy activities on a recurring basis, subject to availability of funds. Eligible projects may include activities such as providing education/outreach and technical assistance to communities and businesses on renewable energy topics, feasibility studies, demonstrations of commercially available renewable energy technologies, and/or other activities that promote renewable energy as an affordable, reliable, adaptable, and environmentally protective energy solution. Grant award amounts vary according to each individual solicitation. Those interested in participating should contact Tania Howard at the Michigan Energy Office for additional details.

Renewable Energy Renaissance Zones

In 2006, Michigan enacted legislation allowing for the creation of Renewable Energy Renaissance Zones (RERZ). Renaissance zones offer significant tax benefits to facilities located within their boundaries. Facilities within a renaissance zone do not pay the Michigan Business Tax*, state education tax, personal and real property taxes, or local income taxes (where applicable). These taxes may be abated for up to 15 years, with the abatements being phased out in 25% increments over the last three years of the zone designation. For residents of renaissance zones designated before 2012, taxpayers are exempt from paying certain income taxes, if they

Renewable Energy Standard

In October 2008, Michigan enacted the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act (Public Act 295), requiring the state's investor-owned utilities, alternative retail suppliers, electric cooperatives, and municipal electric utilities to generate 10% of their retail electricity sales from renewable energy resources by 2015. SB 438, signed in December 2016, increased this requirement to 15% by 2021, and made other changes. The standard allows utilities to use energy waste reduction (i.e., energy efficiency) to meet a limited portion of the requirement. In Case No. U-15825 Michigan Public Service Commission calls on proposals regarding Renewable Energy Plan filling requirements in response

Solar Heating Contractor Licensing

Michigan offers a solar heating contractor specialty license to individuals who have at least three years of experience installing solar equipment under the direction of a licensed solar contractor and have passed the state examination. Students or graduates of a recognized trade school can count one year of school toward the three year requirement. Contact the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to apply. There is no equivalent specialty license for solar-electric (PV) installers.

  • Contractors licensed in HVAC systems are able to work on solar thermal systems without the need for a specialty license.

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