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Despite the clear advantages of universal solar, some of our state’s renewable energy policies are outdated and subsidize less effective methods of solar energy production.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.
There could be good news ahead for Michigan energy consumers. We’ve already experienced the first taste of winter, but more moderate temperatures are forecast to return and—best of all—natural gas costs are predicted to fall once again this year, just as they have since 2008.
You’ve probably heard that DTE has raised eyebrows across Michigan and the entire country by announcing an ambitious new plan. DTE is going beyond its commitment of 80% carbon reduction to a new goal of reaching for “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050.
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.