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Solar: Michigan

Compare Electricity has taken a number of different factors for the Michigan region and developed a solar score of 24. This score is to help residents and businesses in Michigan determine if a solar energy installation is a viable and cost-effective solution. Michigan receives 4.5-5 kWh of sunlight per square mile per day on average. While parts of the state receive slightly more or less sunlight, most of the state close to the national average for direct sunlight. An estimated 70% of MI rooftops are large enough to fit a 2 kW solar panel installation and are unobstructed from the sun. There is an estimate 24K mW capacity of solar potential in the entire state. If all this capacity was used, it would save over 21M metric tons of carbon emissions. For most of the state, a solar energy installation is a viable option but make sure to fill out a solar quote to assess your own situation.

Solar Score for Michigan

Michigan Solar Score: 39

Compare Electricity has developed a solar score of 24 for Michigan residents and businesses. The score is based on on a combination of factors including how much sun the area receives, roof space and obstacles that may obstruct the sun, electricity generation needed to be cost-effective, and more. Here is a description of each section of the solar score graph:

    • Red = “Not Viable” meaning a solar installation would not be cost-effective
    • Yellow = “Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself over time.
    • Green = “Very Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself quickly and has large savings potential.

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