The 2nd Petoskey Solar Tour will take place on Saturday

PETOSKEY — In an effort to encourage people to switch to solar power, the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, League of Women Voters of Northern Lower Michigan, and Michigan Interfaith Power & Light are hosting the second annual Petoskey Solar Tour in 9 a.m. on Saturday. , September 17.

The tour will begin at Petoskey High School’s Turcot Field and then travel to several solar-powered sites. The tour will end at Petoskey Town Hall, where an information meeting on solar power and clean energy will be held. The tour and briefing should end at 2:00 p.m.

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The tour will visit the locations of different solar installations, mainly in houses.

According to Marcia Meyer, ENR committee co-chair for the League of Women Voters of Northern Lower Michigan, the tour aims to help people get information about solar power and how they can get it in their businesses and homes.

In an attempt to help raise awareness of bipartisan issues like the environment, Meyer said the tour is an opportunity to learn more about how people can use clean energy.

“We looked for ways to help the environment, and one of them is clean energy. So as part of clean energy last year, we did our first solar tour,” Meyer said. for this to happen, and for this to happen continuously, so that we can continue to receive more and more solar power in the region.”

Last year’s tour brought together over 50 people and 15 community members participated in a ‘group buy’, allowing them to install solar panels at a 15% discount. The use of solar energy can also lead to tax reductions.

According to the Department of Energy, through the Solar Tax Credit, people who have installed solar panels on their property can earn a 30% federal tax credit. This has been extended to 2036. This is 4% more than the credits offered for signs that were installed in 2020 or 2021.

“It’s more about the environment,” Meyer said. “It’s just about trying to get away from fossil fuels and things that are polluting our environment and causing problems.”

Those interested in learning more about solar energy can sign up for the solar tour at lwvnlm.org. Information will also be available for the next group buy, including financing options, scheduled for spring 2023.

“(People should go out) to get information about group buying and the great solar initiatives that are happening here in Petoskey to promote clean energy,” Meyer said. “The more they know, the more they can promote it to other people, to friends and family, and make clean energy a reality for our community.”

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