Executives in Michigan’s solar energy industry spent most of 2016 dealing with anxiety and uncertainty over proposed legislative changes most believed would have stifled growth in the state’s nascent sector.
However, the outlook has changed and new industry figures show employment is growing steadily. Under widely praised legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December, rules for being reimbursed by utilities for the energy generated from solar panels and put back on the grid — known as net metering — will remain in place for at least another 18 months after attempts to dismantle the program failed. Existing net metering customers also will be grandfathered in the program for 10 years, according to Public Act 342.