Michigan farms are expanding their solar after new legislation

Farms in Michigan are adding solar to their operations after new clean energy legislation was passed.

Lawmakers increased the size of the Distributed Generation Program, which raised the amount of kilowatts from 150 to 550 that utilities have to pay for electricity that is sent back to the grid. Prior regulations capped projects at 150 kilowatts, which was less than 20 percent of many farms’ needs.

Harvest Solar Group says year-round businesses, like poultry, hog, and dairy farms would best benefit from solar projects.