A Guide for Michigan Local Governments
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:
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.
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 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