Michigan offers a number of incentives to encourage the installation and further development of solar energy technologies. The most cost-effective are grants and rebates, and Michigan offers both types of programs.
Michigan Grants and Rebates
Michigan has a grant programs in place for schools, non-profits, commercial, and government applications to pay for purchase and installation of solar equipment.
In Michigan, rebates are administered by WPPI Energy, and offered by seven different utility companies in the state. Rebates are:$30 per square foot of collector area for solar-thermal systems, and $2-$3 per projected annual kWh for photovoltaic systems.
Michigan Tax Credits
There are business tax credits available for research and development of solar systems, and also for installation of the systems.
Additionally, Michigan has designated Renewable Energy Renaissance Zones-facilities within these zones receive tax abatement for 15 years. They do not pay Michigan Business Tax, state education tax, personal taxes, property taxes, or local income taxes.
Michigan exempts solar power equipment from property tax in all areas.
Lending programs are available through the federal government.
Additional information can be found by visiting the DSIRE:Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.