Universal solar projects generate power on a much larger scale than private solar panels, providing a more cost-effective, practical, and environmentally friendly way to deliver solar power to more Michigan communities.
Despite the clear advantages of universal solar, some of our state’s renewable energy policies are outdated and subsidize less effective methods of solar energy production. Our energy policies should reflect the science supporting universal solar—and that science is clear.
The Power of Universal Solar
When compared to private solar panels, universal solar projects:
Source: 2015 Brattle Study
Universal solar power is critical for a cleaner energy future. Investing in expanding and strengthening our solar power capabilities will provide more Michiganders with access to this clean, renewable energy resource. AMP believes embracing solar power as part of an all-of-the-above energy mix is vital to our state’s energy future, and universal solar is clearly the smarter approach.
Prioritizing universal solar power, which is more efficient, cost-effective, and can be more readily integrated into our energy grid, is key to making solar work for Michigan.
We recently discussed some of the ways local energy providers work to support local communities by participating in an array of community-focused projects and initiatives. Today, we want to take some time to recognize some other ways local providers are giving back to help support everything from good old summertime fun to wildlife restoration and environmental education to economic and neighborhood development in communities across the state.
Summer is heating up—and with the higher temperatures come increased energy use and greater demand. All of these factors can have a significant impact on the rates we pay for electricity. That’s why now is a good time to take a look back at some of our previous discussions on rates and infrastructure investments.
Building a brighter, cleaner energy future for all Michiganders isn’t just an investment in upgrading our state’s energy sector or electric infrastructure. It’s an investment in jobs, in local businesses, and in our communities.