Solar panels on your roof? They could be less appealing under new plan

Aug 10, 2015

Credit Bob Allen

Michigan, like every other state, is trying to figure out how to keep the lights on in the future. One answer could be more homeowners producing energy for themselves using wind or solar power.

Right now, fewer than 1,800 people in Michigan participate in a program called "net metering." That's where homeowners produce electricity for themselves, and then sell surplus energy to utility companies.

The small group of energy producers faces an uncertain future under a Senate plan (Bill 438) that would rewrite the rules governing net metering.

Rick Pluta, Capitol bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, explains that the net metering program has grown in popularity each year since it began: