A study by the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) has found that 121 Michigan companies are engaged in the solar industry and 120 Michigan companies are part of the wind energy supply chain.
The solar and wind industries provide over 10,000 jobs in Michigan. The state's manufacturers and research and development institutions benefit from policies that encourage growth in the clean energy sector.Â
‘Michigan can be a clean energy manufacturing powerhouse, and smart policies have helped attract new solar and wind business investment here,’ said Howard Learner, executive director of the ELPC. ‘From huge steel castings for wind turbines to ultra-thin solar shingles, clean energy equipment is made in Michigan. Old-line manufacturers are retooling to produce the solar and wind equipment for our future.’Â
The report profiles the wide variety of Michigan businesses that are part of the solar and wind supply chain. The state is home to manufacturers such as Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor, as well as over 100 small businesses that serve a growing base of residential and commercial clients. These businesses are looking forward to sound policies that will support the domestic market for clean energy.Â
The report notes that strong public policies are key to growing any industry, and the wind and solar industries are no exception. Strengthening the Michigan renewable portfolio standard and enacting the proposed federal renewable energy standard would help grow the local economy by increasing Michigan's export opportunities for renewable energy, as well as manufactured wind and solar components and professional services.Â
SOURCE: Environmental Law and Policy Center