A study by the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) has found that 121 Michigan companies are engaged in the solar market and 120 Michigan companies are part of the wind energy supply chain.
The solar and wind industries provide over 10,000 jobs in Michigan, and the state's manufacturers and research and development institutions benefit from policies that encourage growth in the clean energy sector, the report adds.
‘Michigan can be a clean energy manufacturing powerhouse, and smart policies have helped attract new solar and wind business investment here,’ says 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.’
The state is home to huge manufacturers, such as Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor, as well as over 100 small businesses, such as Walker Miller Energy Services and Hot Watt Solar, that serve a growing base of residential and commercial clients.
The report notes that strong public policies are essential to growing any industry, and the wind and solar sectors 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.
The full report is available here.