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Title: Market Barriers to Solar in Michigan

Market Barriers to Solar in Michigan The solar industry in the United States is at a turning point; the cost of PV hardware has declined substantially in recent years, placing new attention on reducing the balance of system (BOS) costs of solar that now contribute to a growing percentage of installation expenses. How states address these costs through the creation of a favorable policy and regulatory environment is proving to be a critical determinant of a thriving statewide solar market. This report addresses the permitting and tax issues that may stimulate the solar market growth in Michigan. By making PV installations easier to complete through reduced BOS costs, Michigan would become a more attractive location for manufacturers and installers. As PV module costs decline and BOS costs make up a greater share of the cost of solar, action taken today on these issues will prove beneficial in the long term, providing Michigan an opportunity to establish a leadership position in the solar industry.
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OSTI Identifier:OSTI ID: 1050113
Report Number(s):NREL/TP-7A30-54574
TRN: US201218%%638
DOE Contract Number:AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:Technical Report
Research Org:National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 14 SOLAR ENERGY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; MANUFACTURERS; MARKET; MICHIGAN; SOLAR INDUSTRY; SOLAR ENERGY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY; DOE; MICHIGAN; MARKET BARRIERS; RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDIT; REC; RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD; RPS; PV; PHOTOVOLTAICS; BOS; BALANCE OF SYSTEM; MICHIGAN PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION; MPSC; Market Transformation