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Alliance formed to push for increased community access to solar

The Alliance aims to support the passage of two bills intended to make community solar legal in Michigan.

Source:pv magazine

Thirteen organizations across Michigan and the country have partnered to found the Michigan Community Solar Alliance (MCSA), an organization committed to expanding accessibility and availability of solar energy in the state.

The alliance’s primary goal is to encourage passage of House Bills 4715 and 4716, legislation what would change Michigan law to allow subscription-based community solar projects. Because direct participation in these programs is currently prohibited under state law, solar energy access has been limited.

The 13 founding organizations include:

Associated Builders and Contractors Michigan

The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America – Michigan Chapter

Coalition for Community Solar Access

Ecology Center

Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association

MI Air MI Health

Michigan Conservative Energy Forum

Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council

Michigan Energy Options

Michigan Environmental Council

Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Sierra Club Michigan

Vote Solar Action Fund

According to the Alliance, more than 50% of American households don’t have access to solar power because they rent, live in a multi-tenant building, have roofs unable to host a solar system, or live in a service territory of a utility that won’t allow it. Community solar offers a solution to these customers, and provides access to the economic and environmental benefits of solar generation.

The association also established partnerships with the Lansing Board of Water and Light, the City of East Lansing, the City of Lansing, and Michigan Energy Options.

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