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  • Planning & Zoning for Solar in Michigan: A Primer for Local Government (November 2017)


    November 8, 2017 (Traverse City and East Lansing); November 13, 2017 (Vicksburg)


    Traverse City - November 8

    Michigan WORKS! Service Center, 1209 S. Garfield Ave., Suite C, Traverse City, MI 49686

    East Lansing - November 8

    MSU Union - Room 50, 49 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824

    Vicksburg - November 13, 5:30-8:30pm

    Vicksburg Library Heritage Room, 215 S. Michigan Ave., Vicksburg, MI 49097


    In fall 2016, the Michigan legislature amended the Clean and Renewable Energy and Energy Waste Reduction Act (PA 295 of 2008) with passage of PA 342 of 2016 requiring electric providers to achieve a renewable energy credit portfolio of at least 15% by 2021. Additionally, the cost of electricity from solar has dropped by nearly 75% since 2009, and is expected to fall 66% further by 2040, by some accounts.

    With such events and trends, owners of large tracts of property in Michigan and local governments are seeing increased activity among solar energy developers exploring options for solar energy development. In response, Michigan State University Extension developed this training program for local government officials on planning and zoning for solar energy.

    This workshop is an opportunity for local government officials to learn about steps and considerations for planning and zoning for solar energy development.

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