Michigan Net Metering Program Shows Steady Increase
Michigan’s net metering and solar pilot program has increased 18 percent since 2012, according the recently released Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) Net Metering & Solar Pilot Program Report for Calendar Year 2013. At the end of 2013, the capacity of net metering installations was about 11,339 kW, an increase of 1,756 kW from the previous calendar year.
The net metering program is available to customers of Michigan’s rate-regulated utilities and cooperatives, and alternative electric suppliers.
The number of net metering customers increased from 1,330 in 2012 to 1,527 in 2013, according to the report. Solar was the most popular, with an additional 221 customer installations totaling 1,674 kW in 2013. The number of net metering installations exceeds the number of net metering customers because some customers have multiple installations. Category 1 projects, those up to 20 kW, account for 82 percent of the total net metering program capacity. The state’s two largest utilities, Consumers Energy and DTE Electric, host 83 percent of the statewide total net metering program capacity.
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