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Ypsilanti in the Lead for Installed Solar Power

Today on WEMU I heard that Ann Arbor announced that they want to be a “Solar Ready” city, Ann Arbor Wants To Become A ‘Solar Ready’ Community”. What’s interesting is the article says they currently have about 150kW of installed solar. I always wondered how much solar power our neighbors to the west had installed.

“As part of the city’s climate action plan, the council is considering approving a resolution to make Ann Arbor a “solar ready community.” They want to generate 24 megawatts by the year 2025. Council member Chip Smith from the 5th ward says right now that number is about 150 kilowatts a year.”

I checked the SolarYpsi map today and Ypsilanti has 184.6 kW of installed solar! This is pretty impressive for a city 1/5th the size.

solarypsi

In the spirit of friendly competition, I encourage all Ypsilantian to call a solar contractor today and get a quote for your home. The typical home needs about 5kW to be 100% solar powered, but something as small at 3kW can still make economic sense. At about $3/watt installed, so a 3kW system could cost about $10,000 and you’ll get 30% of that back on your Federal taxes.

SolarYpsi is also seeking funds to make solar rebates through the City. If anyone has any leads on philanthropic people/organizations that would be willing to fund a solar rebate project, please contact me.

Install some solar on your home today and keep Ypsilanti in the lead.

Petition Asking DTE to Build the Solar Array in Ypsilanti

DTE, Please Build your Solar Array In Ypsilanti

Dear DTE,

I love Ypsilanti and I support Solar. The Ypsilanti location is the smart choice for DTE and Ypsilanti and the solar farm as it reuses a landfill. The location has high visibility with over 100,000 cars pass it along I-94 every day and the property is immediately available. 

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In the Fall of 2012, DTE Energy asked communities for locations to install a large solar array from 500KW up to 2MW. DTE said that they would prefer locations in Detroit and along major expressways like I-94. more.

Solar installer SunDurance and the City of Ypsilanti responded with a proposal to install the solar array on the long abandoned City owned landfill along I-94 near Huron Street, exit 183.

Ypsi-DTE-site

Here are a couple of news articles about the project.
Ypsilanti officials optimistic about proposed $4M DTE Energy solar project on former landfill
DTE Energy: Proposed $4M Ypsilanti solar array project moving onto final selection round
With Ann Arbor airport solar plans stalled, Ypsilanti re-pitches DTE for array near I-94

Ypsilanti is Shovel Ready. The City Council has already approved the agreement. The location meets DTE’s requirement for high visibility along I-94 with over 100,000 cars driving past every day. Old landfills are a perfect location for a solar array making use of land that would otherwise sit idle forever. A ballasted solar rack design has no ground penetrations and poses little to no risk of disturbing the landfill’s contents. Ypsilanti is already very pro solar and well on it’s way of making itself a “Solar Destination”. Here are some other solar landfill examples.
Solar Landfills: the Future?
Hickory Ridge Landfill Solar Energy Cover

Share this with your friends and ask everyone you know to sign the petition. You don’t have to live in Ypsilanti to sign the petition and only your Name and City will be shared with DTE.

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Ypsilanti still Hopeful for a Solar Array in Town

This was in the news recently. With Pittsfield Township and Ann Arbor arguing over the solar array near the airport, Ypsilanti reconfirmed their willingness for an array on our town.

With Ann Arbor airport solar plans stalled, Ypsilanti re-pitches DTE for array near I-94
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/02/with_airport_solar_plans_stall.html