Solar by State


Incentives Make Solar More Affordable Than Ever

The combination of government and utility incentives can drive down the cost of your solar installation by more than 50%! Federal, State, and Local governments, along with utilities, are pitching in to lower the cost of your solar panels because solar is a great investment for them as well as for you. The incentives require some paperwork, which Astrum Solar will take care of for you.

Federal, State and Local Rebates

Federal Rebate

The Federal rebate is very straightforward. It is 30% off your installation price. It’s a simple one page form that attaches to your Federal tax return and you will get your money as a tax rebate. There is no risk money will run out.

The DTE Energy SolarCurrents customer-owned pilot program is closed to new applicants. The pilot program has achieved its program goal of 5MW. For more information see the DTE Energy website.


The Consumers Energy Experimental Advanced Renewable (EARP) pilot program is part of the Renewable Energy Plan outlined in state law as part of public act 295 of 2008. This program is limited to 3,000 kilowatts (kW) of capacity, with 1,500 kW reserved for residential systems and 1,500 kW reserved for non-residential systems. In the event applications exceed the capacity to be awarded, Consumers Energy will select applications at random from all qualifying applications submitted. For more information see the Consumers Energy website.

Solar Renewable Energy Credits

Most states have laws requiring utilities to produce a percentage of their electricity using renewable sources of energy (or pay a fine to the state). The utility can meet this requirement by buying Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) from solar homeowners. It's a win-win-win situation! You get money from the utility for putting up solar panels, the utilities don't need to become experts in adding solar to roofs, and the state gets more solar installations.

Astrum Solar can offer you the best value for your SRECs. That's because SRECs prices are not fixed but negotiated, and Astrum Solar, as one of the region's top SRECs aggregators, has the leverage to get the best value for our customers.

What is one SREC Worth?

When you use our Solar Calculator to get an estimate for a solar installation for your home, it will include a value for your SRECs. You can also visit Astrum SRECs to learn more.

In Michigan, several utility companies buy SRECs directly from their customers with solar systems to meet their renewable energy production requirements. If you are not currently a participant in one of these pilot programs, Astrum Solar can sell your SRECs for you to utility companies. Michigan SRECs do have value outside the state and currently can be used to satisfy Ohio renewable portfolio standards.