The state of solar development in Michigan can be evaluated by key factors such as federal and local regulations, incentives, grid interconnection and integration. The current state of development activity in Michigan is growing and can be seen in this analysis summarizing all facets of solar energy project development.
We will break down the various federal and state incentives available to solar energy developers in Michigan and how to access them.
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Michigan Solar Energy Activity
As of October 2023, Michigan has 65 solar farms already operating with a current capacity of 2362 MW1 and a current electricity generation of 39,000 MWh. Michigan has a significant amount of operating solar farms compared to the other states in the US, and it has one the largest development of solar farms with 13 solar farms under construction of 197 MW capacity total, 100 planned solar farms with 912 MW capacity total, as well as 112 Utility-Scale Queued projects and 7 site control projects. Overall, if all planned and under construction farms go into operating status, Michigan will expand its capacity by 1,109 MW. That’s a 47% growth in capacity for the state! In Michigan, the average solar farm size is 60.8 acres producing 8.5 MW of electricity under ideal conditions. So a solar farm in Michigan needs an average of 7.2 acres per MW of capacity.
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