Michigan power customers with own solar panels on the rise

LANSING (AP) - The number of people installing solar panels or other renewable energy to generate their own electricity continues to rise in Michigan.

The Public Service Commission reported that the installations increased by nearly 57% in 2018. Participation in the state's net metering program has grown every year since 2006.

There were more than 5,200 customers who participated, up from more than 3,200 in 2017. The projects still represent a tiny portion of Michigan's total electricity sales.

Solar power is by far the most popular type of what is called distributed energy generation. About 94% of participants installed solar projects.

Published: Thu, Dec 26, 2019