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Commercial Solar

Solutions Tailored For Your Business

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Why Invest In Solar Power For Your Business?

MSS offers commercial solar clients lower and more predictable electric costs with onsite solar solutions, rate plan analysis, and the use of battery technologies. Some commercial solar customers have seen utility savings of 50-100% and an almost risk-free solar return on investment of 10% or more annually.

Decreased Overhead

Budget Certainty

Increase Sustainability

Case Studies And Statistics

Charlotte, MI


System Size

1,356 MWh

Estimated Y1 Generation

MSS supported Eaton County and Johnson Controls with four solar photovoltaic installations as part of a larger energy retrofit of Eaton County’s municipal campus in Charlotte, Michigan. Driven by ARPA funds and an Energy Performance contract, the county sought to modernize buildings, improve budget flexibility, and drive employee satisfaction. The solar systems are dedicated to the Courthouse, Juvenile Facility, Health Department, and County Jail. At each site, a data logging system, revenue grade meter and weather station were installed to give ownership visibility in real time performance metrics of the systems.

The carports cover 180 parking spots primarily used by county employees. Under the carports are lights to maintain parking lot safety and visibility – MSS was diligent to mount AC combiners at the canopies to allow for easy install of future EV chargers.

Sandusky, MI


System Size


Estimated Y1 Generation

In spring of 2022 MSS installed a 220 KW DC / 150 KW AC rated solar system for family-owned Jensen Bridge and Supply Co in Sandusky, Michigan. A major focus for Jensen was longevity of their business as they employ a large percentage of community members.

Solar is one of many strategies they are using to insulate their business and remain competitive. The project was awarded a REAP Grant through the USDA in September 2022.

Vassar, MI


System Size


Estimated Y1 Generation

In the summer of 2023, MSS partnered with Blasius Countertops to implement a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installation in Vassar, Michigan utilizing bi-facial solar panels and capturing additional production by installing white crushed quartz to vastly improve production. This project aimed to cut electric expenses, stimulate business growth, and advance sustainability goals. The interconnected solar array effectively reduced and offset fossil fuel consumption, while real-time performance metrics were tracked using a data logging system, revenue-grade meter, and a weather station to give ownership visibility in real time performance metrics of the system.

Considering Solar For Your Business?

It’s not just about cost savings. Commercial solar sends a strong environmental message, attracts sustainability focused customers, reduces GHG emissions, and provides a solid ROI. Tax benefits and increased property value sweeten the deal. 

Explore financing options like loans, leases, power purchase agreements (PPA), and P.A.C.E, and prepare by soliciting bids tailored to your energy needs.

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Meet The Team

Abe Bayha

Abe Bayha

Commercial Development Manager

Abe is a renewable energy development professional with 8 years of experience specializing in solar PV project development. He graduated from Kalamazoo College in ’15 with a Physics major, Math minor and a concentration in Environmental Studies. Abe has been part of the MSS organization since 2021 and is largely responsible for the continued growth of the commercial side of our business. In his off time, he enjoys cooking and eating great food, spending time in the great outdoors, watching professional soccer, and getting bossed around by his feline companion, Izzy.

Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson, PVTS

Commercial Sales

Since March 2020, Dan has been a key contributor at Michigan Solar Solutions. Initially intrigued by solar energy, his dedication to assisting clients in reaching sustainability goals led him to transition from residential to commercial projects after successfully helping over 100 homeowners adopt solar energy. Dan holds multiple NABCEP Certifications, reflecting his unwavering commitment to excellence. Actively pursuing further training, he stays at the forefront of industry advancements. Beyond work, Dan finds enjoyment in mountain biking and quality time with his wife and three daughters.

Shayne Mickels

Shayne Mickels

Sr Commercial Project Manager

Shayne is our Commercial Project Manager who holds certifications from many accredited universities such as Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Jackson College, The American College, and the NFPA. He has over a decade of experience in the construction industry, spanning multiple trades including solar installation and commercial and residential construction project management. Shayne worked in the electrical trades, maintenance, and architectural design also. He enjoys exercising, hiking with his wife and two children, boating, traveling, doing projects around the home, operating his small side business, and doing interior design with his wife.


• Substantially reduce energy bills and combat rising electricity costs. Leverage financial opportunities like the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to recoup solar project costs, enhancing overall return on investment.  
• Ensure continuous operations by diversifying energy sources with reliable and consistent solar power.  
• Demonstrate commitment to sustainability, reduce your carbon footprint, and align with global corporate social responsibility trends. Elevate your company’s image by appealing to environmentally conscious customers and stakeholders. Leverage a commitment to solar energy for marketing and differentiating your company in the market. 
• Enjoy substantial long-term savings as solar installations typically last 25 years or more. Ensure stability in energy expenses by relying on solar power as a hedge against future price volatility. 
• Enhance employee engagement by showcasing a strong commitment to sustainability. Positively contribute to the local community by promoting cleaner energy sources and reducing overall grid demand. 

  • The prevalent incentives for commercial solar endeavors encompass the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC), MACRS investment depreciation, and USDA REAP grants.
  • Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC): The ITC presents an opportunity to offset up to 30% of a commercial solar acquisition through a federal tax credit. Eligibility mandates a business to possess a tax liability upon filing. Significantly, in August 2022, Congress reinstated the 30% solar tax credit, extending its validity for a decade through 2032.
  • MACRS Investment Depreciation: Applicable to every commercial solar system, MACRS, a depreciation method, facilitates the recovery of business investments for tax purposes over a predetermined period through annual deductions.
  • USDA REAP Grants: Tailored for agricultural producers, USDA REAP grants are accessible in specific rural areas with populations below defined thresholds. These grants cover 50% of solar investments, up to $1,000,000, for qualifying businesses.
  • Local Utility and Municipality Incentive Programs: In addition to federal incentives, select local utilities and municipalities provide their own incentive programs. These can be integrated for additional cost savings. A proficient commercial solar installer possesses the expertise to articulate the diverse incentive options available in your specific geographical area.

Determining your company’s ideal solar system size involves assessing factors like building size, current energy usage, and desired electricity offset. One of our qualified commercial solar consultants can analyze these specifics to recommend a precisely sized system aligned with your goals, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness. Consultation with our experts ensures a tailored solar solution for your company’s unique needs.

Solar panels are designed to operate in conjunction with the utility grid and are inactive in the event of a grid outage. This limitation is rooted in both technical considerations and regulatory compliance.

From a technical standpoint, solar panels harness sunlight to generate power independently of a facility’s electricity consumption. In a grid-connected system, surplus solar energy is fed back into the grid for credit, and any additional power requirements are seamlessly sourced from the grid. This dynamic interplay serves to notably diminish the need for external energy procurement during daylight hours, thereby optimizing operational costs through a levelized cost of energy.

The second rationale involves safety regulations. During grid outages, the potential risk to repair crews arises if a local power generator, such as a solar array, inadvertently feeds power back into the grid lines. Consequently, utility regulations mandate that solar arrays automatically deactivate during such outages to ensure compliance with safety protocols.

The payback period for a commercial solar investment varies based on several factors, including the initial installation costs, available incentives, energy savings, and local conditions. On average, commercial solar projects often have payback periods ranging from 5 to 10 years.

Michigan Solar Solutions operates a full in-house service department that facilitates OEM hardware warranties per each manufacturer’s terms. Most panels are covered for 25 – 30 years, with inverter warranties typically covering ten years. In addition, all MSS Commercial systems come with a 3-year workmanship warranty. Our service department also offers customizable service options for non-MSS solar energy systems.

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Commercial Financing

One way or another, you’re already paying monthly for your electricity. Why not make an investment in solar that will continue to pay for itself? MSS has options designed for every business’ unique situation and goals. Explore our financing options for commercial solar systems:

An Equipment Finance Agreement (EFA) is a financial arrangement where a business acquires equipment through a loan, with the equipment serving as collateral for the loan. The business makes regular payments over a specified period, and once the agreement is complete, ownership of the equipment is transferred to the business.

Read more about Equipment Finance Agreements

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is an innovative financing alternative for comprehensive energy efficiency improvements. Unlike traditional balance sheet borrowing, PACE project costs are assessed to the property and paid for in bi-annual property tax installments, often as long as 20-25 years.

Michigan Saves is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making energy improvements easy and affordable. Michigan Solar is an authorized Michigan Saves solar contractor. Simply work with our team to design the size of the solar system you want, and we’ll help you apply.

The United States Department of Agriculture provides “guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.”

REAP Grants must be applied for and are awarded by the USDA based on a point system. If a grant is awarded, it will pay up to 25% of a solar array. Michigan Solar Solutions offers USDA REAP Grant writing and submittal services at no cost to our customers. For a checklist of required documentation, read the Checklist for USDA Grants.

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is an arrangement in which a third-party developer installs, owns, and operates an energy system on a customer’s property. The customer then purchases the system’s electric output for a predetermined period. A PPA allows the customer to receive stable and often low-cost electricity with no upfront cost, while also enabling the owner of the system to take advantage of tax credits and receive income from the sale of electricity. Often this method is employed for scenarios where an organization who wants renewables does not have a tax liability but would like to monetize tax credit value, for examples churches, schools, or other nonprofit organizations. However, PPA’s can be employed by any organization simply looking for a no capital option. 

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