Michigan is #8 in the U.S. for Rooftop Solar Potential

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According to a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Michigan ranks #8 out of the 50 states in the U.S. for small building rooftop solar potential. That’s NUMBER EIGHT, PEOPLE!! We have the potential to offset 30% of our total electricity sales, or 28.3 gigawatts of power, with small building rooftop solar. And 28.3 gigawatts can power 19.8 million homes!

For large rooftops, that same NREL report ranks Michigan 15th in the country. That translates to 13.7 gigawatts possible, or another 9.5 million homes.

So, across all those rooftops we are looking at 42 gigawatts of solar rooftop potential, enough to power 29.3 million homes. But since Michigan only has about 10 million residents in 4 million houses it’s safe to say those rooftops can power all Michigan homes.

So why aren’t we doing that?? Because Michigan’s government does not have a solar-friendly policy. In fact, an analysis from the Center for Biological Diversity gives Michigan a failing grade in solar policy. We are one of 10 states that have great solar potential but whose government is a giant roadblock. Come on, Lansing, get out of the way! We have a lot of solar potential to realize!!

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