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Become a Solar-Ready Community!

A Guide for Michigan Local Governments

Executive Summary

Known for innovation and home to several solar industry leaders, Michigan has the foundation to become a front-runner in solar energy. Local governments are key to Michigan’s success in this effort and can help create and encouraging climate for residents and business owners to install solar by becoming Solar Ready. Solar Readiness means:

  • Proactively addressing solar in policies in procedures
  • Supporting the local and statewide solar industry
  • Responding to the needs of local citizens
  • Helping developers, homeowners, and businesses through a cost-effective solar installation process

Clean Energy Coalition completed a guidebook to assist local jurisdictions with becoming Solar Ready. This Guidebook provides detail on the following ten steps to become Solar Ready along with resources that can help make Solar Readiness easy and more consistent throughout the state.

Communities

The following communities have received an initial Solar-Ready assessment and are working on completing the remaining steps. Consistent with Redevelopment Ready Communities®, a complementing Solar Powered Communities Best Practices Checklist and Toolkit is under development to assist with self-evaluation.

City of Chelsea – City of Flint – City of Dearborn – Village of Kingsley – Thomas Township – Williams Charter Township – Meridian Charter Township – City of Eaton Rapids – Rochester Hills – City of Ann Arbor

The Ten Steps to Becoming Solar Ready

The following ten steps provide a pathway for Michigan local government to achieve Solar Readiness. Many of these steps can be taken simultaneously and all can be adapted to suit local needs.

STEP 1: BEGIN THE DISCUSSION

STEP 2: ADOPT A RESOLUTION

STEP 3: ESTABLISH A GUIDING POLICY THAT SUPPORTS SOLAR

STEP 4: UPDATE CODE LANGUAGE

STEP 5: CREATE AN EASY-TO-USE PERMITTING PROCESS

STEP 6: PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO INFORMATION

STEP 7: ESTABLISH SOLAR INSTALLATION TARGETS

STEP 8: TRAIN STAFF

STEP 9: PURSUE SOLAR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

STEP 10: GO THE EXTRA MILE

To access the Guidebook and the Solar Ready Tools click the links below

This project was funded by a grant from Michigan Energy Office. Clean Energy Coalition managed the project with key support from the following partners:

 

For more information or technical support to make your community Solar Ready contact us.