Expanding Solar in Michigan

Expanding Solar in Michigan

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Renewable Energy in Michigan (REM) is a non-profit organization that works to expand solar energy in Michigan that will save you money from high utility electric rates, promote a clean environment and fight climate change. 

REM is the sister organization to the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA), an organization that educates the public about the benefits of renewable energy and works to enact policies that expand renewable energy in Michigan. 

In order to expand solar and geothermal energy in Michigan, new policies must be enacted with the Michigan Legislature and the Michigan Public Service Commission. 

These are very difficult ...

Renewable Energy in Michigan (REM) is a non-profit organization that works to expand solar energy in Michigan that will save you money from high utility electric rates, promote a clean environment and fight climate change. 

REM is the sister organization to the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA), an organization that educates the public about the benefits of renewable energy and works to enact policies that expand renewable energy in Michigan. 

In order to expand solar and geothermal energy in Michigan, new policies must be enacted with the Michigan Legislature and the Michigan Public Service Commission. 

These are very difficult undertakings, because DTE and Consumers Energy oppose these policies because they want to maintain their monopoly status and want to continue selling their very expensive utility electricity.  DTE and Consumers Energy don't want people to have a choice on how to purchase electricity.  We think that all people and business should have the right to be able to choose where they get electricity from. 

Michigan has the highest utility rates in the Upper Midwest! 

By installing your own solar energy system or by purchasing solar electricity from a Community Solar project, residents and business can save money and contribute to a clean environment. 

So help us enact new policies by sending emails. 

You can futher help us by becoming a Member of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA). To join click here https://www.2glrea.org/membership and then scroll down and click on the yellow ‘Become a GLREA Member’ button and then follow the directions. Dues are tax deductible because GLREA is a non-profit orgnaization. 

Thanks for your support. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

John Freeman

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Contact Your Senator to Support Community Solar

This is about enacting Community Solar in Michigan, so all people and business will have the option of purchasing lower costing solar electricity!  

Currently, residents that live in an apartment, or whose home isn't suitable for rooftop solar, or can't afford the full up-front cost of installing a solar energy system, are not able to purchase solar electricity to save money and help promote a cleaner environment. 

With Community Solar, residents and buisness are able to buy or subscribe to solar panels at a solar energy array that is located in the community.  The amount of power that is generated from the panels the person has suscribe to, will be credited back to the person through their utility bill.

So with Community Solar, a person or a business is able to obtain the benefits of solar energy of saving money and contributing to a cleaner environment, even though the solar panels are not located on their roof.

But in order to have Community Solar in Michigan, we need to enact this policy into law. Senate Bills 152 and 153 creates Community Solar and requires DTE and Consumers Energy to work with developers who want to build Community Solar projects.

This is a bi-partisan effort. Senate Bill 152, is sponsored by Sen. Ed McBroom (Republican) and Senate Bill 153 is sponsored by Sen. Jeff Irwin (Democrat).  Everyone should have the option of buying lower costing solar electricity which also promotes a clean environment. 

These bills have been assigned to the Senate Energy and Environment Committee. I'm asking you to send an email to your State Senator to support Community Solar and to urge Sen. Sean McCann, the Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee to schedule a hearing and a vote on these bills. Thanks!

Compose your email

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  • I have provided a draft email that you can use.  Feel free to change the language or to add additonal personal comments.
  • I woukld also put a sense of urgency in your email to encourage your Senator to support Community Solar and to urge Chairman Sean McCann to hold a Hearing and Vote on Senate Bills 152 and 153 to establish Community Solar. 
  • Keep your email reasonably brief. 
  • And please share your email and action to your friends and on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Thanks for your help!