Clean Energy and Sustainability

Clean Energy and Sustainability

Buena Vista Charter Township is a Silver level certified community through the Michigan Green Communities Challenge and a  member of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's (EGLE) Catalyst Leadership Circle.
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Buena Vista Charter Township has been awarded the Bronze-level designation by the SolSmart Solar Promotion program funded through the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). View our designation on their website.

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Buena Vista Charter Township Solar Statement Letter

Buena Vista Charter Township Solar Ordinance

Solar Permitting and Inspection Checklists:

Residential Rooftop Solar Permitting Checklist

Primary/Secondary Ground-Mount Solar Permitting Checklist

Rooftop Solar Inspection Checklist

Solar Installers near Buena Vista Charter Township:

Energy Sage

Installation Cost Calculator:

Solar Estimate Calculator

A Homeowner's Guide to Solar Financing:

Clean Energy States Alliance

Other Solar Financing Options:

Federal Solar Tax Credits

Consumers Energy Michigan Renewable Energy Credit

Consumers Energy Energy Efficiency Rebates and Programs

Consumers Energy Small Business Energy Efficiency

Tax Credit for Solar and Wind Facilities in Low Income Communities

State of Michigan Solar Policies:

The Solar Energy Facilities Taxation Act (known as the Solar Energy Exemption), 2023 PA 108, provides a tax incentive to owners of utility-scale solar energy generation facilities who build a new solar energy facility and provides local governments a guaranteed and stable revenue stream from the solar energy generation facilities. A Solar Energy Facility Exemption Certificate (SEFEC) entitles a qualified facility to an exemption from ad valorem real property taxes for a term of 20 years. Exempt solar facilities are subject to a specific tax called the solar energy facilities tax. Applications are filed, reviewed, and approved by the local governmental unit. The State Tax Commission (STC) must also approve the application.

Application and Instructions

Further Information


Tax Exemption Unit Contact Information

Michigan currently does not have enabling legislation for community solar, so community solar programs in Michigan are developed and managed through a local electric utility. As of March 2024, there are currently no statewide HOA or solar easement guidelines in Michigan. Such decisions are made at the municipal level.

The Michigan Clean Energy and Jobs Act of 2023 states that solar installations of under 50 MWs of generating power do not need to be approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission. The law states that Michigan should produce all its energy from clean sources, including solar, by 2040.

Electric Vehicle Financing Options:

EV Charger Rebates from the Department of Energy

EV Charger Rebates from Consumers Energy