Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar Series

Webinar series assists participants to properly evaluate solar power proposals
by M. Charles Gould, Michigan State University Extension

Photovoltaic (PV) panels are an increasingly common sight on urban rooftops and rural properties across the U.S. The declining cost of equipment and installation makes installing a behind-the-electric-meter (net metered) solar electric system enticing for consumers. Evaluating the financial prudence of an investment in solar requires careful consideration of installation costs, the value of production, and operation and maintenance costs.

Michigan State University Extension is offering a six part webinar series entitled Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar starting Thursday, January 18. It is important to note that even though the webinars are geared to an agricultural audience, the information that will be shared applies to anyone looking for information on making a wise solar energy investment.

This six part webinar series will provide practical guidance to anyone considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions. Each session is 60 minutes long followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers. Participants will be given access to every webinar presentation as well as other information pertinent to the specific webinar topic. Participants will also be able to go back and view any webinars they missed.

The webinar series features two solar power experts, Eric Romich with Ohio State University Extension and John Hay with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, and is based on the six bulletins in the Solar Electric Investment Analysis Bulletin Series. Over the six sessions Romich and Hay will help webinar participants take a critical look at the investment required for a solar electric system. Registration information and a complete schedule can be found at

If you have questions about the webinar series, or would like more information on energy efficiency practices or renewable energy projects, feel free to contact Charles Gould at 616-994-4547 or or Al Go at 517-353-0643 or