Solar Panels—Michigan gets 4.2 hours on average of sunlight a day, which is more than adequate for consumers and businesses interested in adopting renewable energy solutions through solar power panel systems. Contrary to what you might think, solar panels produce more energy in cold weather than hot weather. During peak sunlight hours, the sun supplies 1,000 watts of power per square meter, and solar panels can typically convert about 20% of that into electric power.
In addition, Michigan has Net Metering Laws in place that require the utility company to accept any electricity a consumer puts onto the grid.
Wind Power—As for wind power, Michigan has the 14th best wind resources in the country. Building and zoning codes regulate the use of wind turbines. Most municipalities require that the tower be able to drop in any direction without hitting any structure while stating back from the setback clauses of the municipalities. This normally requires property of at least 1.5 acres.
The cost of installing solar and wind power systems has come down tremendously in the past few years, while their efficiency has increased. Oak Electric is a local leader in the sales, service and installation of solar panel and wind turbine systems from leading manufacturers.
At Oak Electric Service, we are standing by to answer your questions about residential renewable energy solutions. Give us a call today at (800) 964-7070. We invite you to visit our website at www.oakelectric.com to learn more about us and our wind turbine installations in Michigan.