Solarize Michigan works to bring down the costs of at-home solar energy by using bulk buying, competitive bidding and community education. The campaign is focused on the three counties in the Great Lakes Bay region, Bay, Midland and Saginaw. 

Solarize Michigan is led by the Institute for Energy Innovation, a Michigan non-profit organization, with help from 5 Lakes Energy, Saginaw Future, Midland Tomorrow, and Bay Future. Solarize Michigan is partnering with three pre-approved contractors with years of experience and strong records of customer service. 


What is Solarize?

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Developed in Portland, Oregon in 2010, “solarize” is a grassroots effort to speed up residential solar deployment through community education and bulk purchasing, all of which helps to reduce costs to customers.

Core elements include community outreach and education, competitive selection of an installer, and a limited-time offer. Solarize campaigns try to remove the usual barriers that get in a person’s way of getting solar on their roof, working to simplifying the process and make all the information available and bring down the upfront costs.

There are successful Solarize campaigns in several other states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina and South Carolina. This will be the first solarize campaign in Michigan.

Who is Running This?

Institute for Energy Innovation (IEI):

The Institute for Energy Innovation is a Michigan non-profit organization. Its mission is to promote greater public understanding of advanced energy and its economic potential for Michigan, and to inform the public and policy discussion on Michigan’s energy challenges and opportunities.  IEI will be coordinating efforts around the Great Lakes Bay area.

5 Lakes Energy:

5 Lakes Energy is a Michigan-based clean energy consulting firm dedicated to advancing policies and programs that promote clean energy, sustainability and the environment. 5 Lakes will be working as a technical consultant throughout the process.

Saginaw Future:

Saginaw Future is in the business of generating new investment and job growth in Saginaw County. Established in 1992, Saginaw Future is a private, nonprofit alliance of local businesses, the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, the County and City of Saginaw, 15 local municipalities, labor organizations and local foundations.

Bay Future

Bay Future, Inc. is dedicated to facilitating economic development strategies that promote and secure opportunities for business retention, growth, and the attraction of new industries that create quality jobs for community residents.

Midland Tomorrow

Midland Tomorrow is a private, nonprofit 501©(3) founded in 1963 as the Midland Economic Development Corporation. Our mission has always been to enhance the quality of life in the County of Midland, Michigan, and its municipalities, through the retention and creation of quality jobs and diversification of the economic base.

Funding provided by the CS Mott Foundation:

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation affirms its founder’s vision of a world in which each of us is in partnership with the rest of the human race — where each individual’s quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally.