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The state of solar in Lansing

Lansing sees roughly 175 days of sunshine each year,* slightly below the U.S. average of 205 days. However, that hasn’t stopped solar from thriving in the area. An estimated 68% of Lansing’s rooftops are solar viable,* and the city is striving to see more of them put to good use. Lansing hopes to be the first city in the state to run on 100% clean energy.

How much solar energy does Lansing produce?

While no data is available on Lansing’s total solar capacity, data from the city’s electricity utility provider, Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL), offers some insight. BWL had 74 solar systems connected to their grid in August of 2020, stating 20 more were under construction. Dick Peffley, BWL’s general manager, owns one of the largest residential systems in that total at 20 kW.*

BWL also owns and operates the 150 kW Cedar Street Solar Array, 300 kW East Lansing Solar Park, and 13.5 kW REO Town Headquarters rooftop installation.*

What are the advantages of going solar in Lansing?

While electricity rates in Lansing are much lower than in many areas of Michigan, they are still almost 8% higher than the national average.* As solar installation costs continue to decline statewide,* going solar may offer significant electricity cost savings.

A 5 kW solar system has the potential to pay for itself within 10-11 years while saving you as much as $24,000 over 20 years of use.* On top of that, adding a solar system to your home can increase its value by around 4%,*and you won’t pay any additional property tax on that value.

Beyond monetary benefits, solar is also carbon-neutral and helps to reduce harmful carbon emissions in our community. These greenhouse gases are thought to be a driving force behind climate change.

How much does solar cost in Lansing?

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The cost of a home solar system can vary, even in the same city, due to a range of factors, such as:

  • Roof space

  • Angle of the roof

  • Household energy needs

  • Quality of the solar system's panels and parts

  • System set-up (battery storage, solar panel power, system design)

To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes, as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country.*

In Lansing, we found that the average cost of installing a 5 kW solar system is $15,900, or in other words, $3.18 per watt. And that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

The Solar Investment Tax Credit, commonly known as the ITC, may allow you to claim 26% of the cost of your solar system—including permits, equipment, and labor—on your federal tax return so long as you purchase rather than lease your system.

BWL also offers a rebate of up to $500 per kW installed (4kW/$2,000 maximum), along with a net metering program.* Net metering allows you to transfer any excess energy your system produces back to BWL for a credit on your electricity bill that can be used to offset any usage from the grid.*

What’s the best way to go solar in Lansing?

The best solar system for your home will vary on a wide range of factors, such as your budget, available roof space, and energy generation needs. Keep in mind that solar systems vary in quality, durability, and appearance from provider to provider.

Working with a reputable solar company is the best way to ensure that your system lives up to your expectations. You should receive a custom solar design that incorporates the factors mentioned above, among others.

To get started, simply request a free consultation with our experts today. We'll contact you to schedule a time, or you can call us at (800) 786-7693.

Looking for commercial solar in Lansing?

SunPower is the top commercial solar provider in the U.S.* Schedule a commercial solar consultation today.


  • *. Best Places. Lansing, MI, Climate. May 2021.
  • *. Project Sunroof data explorer (November 2018).
  • *. Lansing State Journal. Catching rays: Why the head of Lansing's BWL built a solar array in his backyard. August 2020.
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    Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL). Renewable Energy. May 2021.


    The State News. East Lansing solar park wins project of the year. November 2019.

  • *. Electricity Local. Lansing Electricity Rates. May 2021.
  • *. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Michigan Solar. Q4 2020.
  • *. Energy Sage. Solar Panels in Lansing, MI. May 2021
  • *. Zillow. Homes With Solar Panels Sell for 4.1% More. April 2019.
  • *. Local Solar Installers 2020/2021, Solar Reviews 2021, Energy Sage 2021, Wood Mackenzie 2020, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2020
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    Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL). Install My Own Solar. May 2021.


    Incentives and tax credits are subject to change. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.

  • *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. Wood Mackenzie, US PV Leaderboard (March 2021). SunPower ranked #1 in cumulative commercial volume 2017-2020
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