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Michigan Solar Panel Installation

Details of a Solar Panel Installation

Sizing the Solar System You'll Need

Typically 100 sq. ft of roof space will generate 1 kilowatt of solar electricity. An average 2,500 sq. ft. home will use 5,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. This results in the need for a 3 kW (AC) system, using 300 sq. ft. of roof space and will generate most of the electricity required for such a home.

Home and Business, Double the Benefits

A good idea is worth sharing for your home and your business. A well designed solar system will need clear access to the sun with limited or no shading issues. You can often make a good determination yourself by identifying optimal roof lines and evaluating any shading hazards like trees, chimneys, and neighboring homes. Typically, the best orientation for solar systems is southern facing.

You'll also want to evaluate the age of the roof. If the roof is older and needs replacement, you'll want to take care of that upgrade prior to installing solar panels. After all, your solar system will last for 25 years and likely even longer!

Permit Process

Each Michigan county/city will require you to apply for a permit with the building department. The requirements of each building department vary, but they tend to ask for the following documents:

  • Line diagram
  • Manufacturer cut-sheets
  • Roof drawing / array layout
  • Application
  • Small Fee
  • Proven Technology

Solar technology has been around for over 50 years and some of the initial solar cells are still operating today. The solar panels are designed to produce at least 80% of their initial power even after 25 years. The efficiency and cost has significantly improved in the last 5 years. Solar has never before been so affordable or such a safe investment.

  • Solar panels come with a 25 year warranty.
  • The inverter comes with a 10 year warranty.
  • Workmanship comes with a 10 year warranty.

With this kind of guarantee, there is no reason not to install a solar energy saving system.


Prior to installing your solar electric system, we recommend you contact your insurance carrier to determine the impact on the yearly premium. Typically, a solar electric system will impact your premium very little; however it's best that you ensure coverage at the start of your project. Solar systems come with a long term manufacturer and workmanship warranty; however, we highly recommend your home owners or liability insurance cover the cost of unexpected issues, radical snow loads or weather related issues.

Solar Specials

$49.00 Solar Service Dispatch Fee

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(810) 632-2004