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Open letter to Kalamazoo Anonymous Donors

Dear Kalamazoo Anonymous Donors,

Today I read about your generosity to donate $70M to the City of Kalamazoo to help out their finances. Kalamazoo officials weigh in on plan for partnership with $70M donors

May I suggest another idea for your donation? Consider turning that $70M into14,000 $5000 solar rebates and making them available to the residents, businesses, and non-profits in Kalamazoo. A typical Michigan home needs about 5000 watts of solar power to cover their annual electric bill. This typical installation would cost the owner about $15,000. With a solar rebate program and the 30% Federal Renewable Tax credit, a solar installation in Kalamazoo would cost the owner about $5000, with another $5000 coming from the rebate and $5000 coming for the tax credit.

Imagine the positive effect a solar rebate program like this would have on your city. With the matching tax credit and the home owners portion, it would inject $210M into the local economy. Imagine the solar contractors flocking to your city to compete for 14,000 solar installations. With Kalamazoo’s population of 75,000 people and approximately 29,000 households, this solar rebate program could give about HALF the people in Kalamazoo solar power. The result of which would be effectively paying their electric bills for the next 30 years! Imagine what those residents would do with that extra cash every month. Imagine a city government with no monthly electric bill. Imagine how this would effect the many non-profit organizations around town giving them the ability to direct more money towards their programs and not on electric bills.

SolarYpsi is trying to do exactly this in Ypsilanti. We’ve been working on building the number of solar installation in Ypsi and are currently around 50-watt per capita, making us one of the top cities in the nation for solar power per capita. We have a solar rebate plan in place with the City and some local organizations, but are still looking for a large donation to make it happen. If you’d like to test this idea, Ypsi would love to have a $5M donation to be a Kalamazoo prototype. Help Build a 5Megawatt Solar Power Plant on the Roofs of Ypsilanti

Let’s make Michigan a leader in solar power.

SolarYpsi Press Release

Anonymous Donor Funds Solar Energy for Six Ypsilanti Organizations

An anonymous donor has selected six Ypsilanti non-profit organizations to receive 5KW solar power installations on their rooftops. Earlier this summer the donor contacted SolarYpsi, wondering how to support renewable energy. Volunteers at SolarYpsi suggested finding local organizations that have buildings suitable for a 5 kilowatt solar installation.

From a list of Ypsilanti organizations, the donor selected these six: Corner Health Center at 47 N. Huron Street (www.cornerhealth.org), Ypsilanti Senior/Community Center at 1015 N. Congress (www.ypsiseniorcenter.org), Parkridge Community Center at 591 Armstrong, the Michigan Avenue branch of the Ypsilanti District Library at 229 W. Michigan Ave, (www.ypsilibrary.org), Ypsilanti Department of Public Services offices at 14 W. Forest, and Washtenaw International High School at 510 Emerick St (www.wihi.org).

By coordinating these projects as one job, SolarYpsi was able to collect bids with lower overall pricing, than the cost of six separate projects. The winning contractor is S.U.R Energy of Ann
Arbor, which offered an average install price of under $3 per watt. All work is expected to be completed this year.

Donating money for renewable energy is a great way to support an organization. By giving funds directly to the organization, with quotes already in place, there is zero administration overhead. The solar power will significantly reduce their operating budgets, so the organization can focus more resources on the good work they do for the community. It’s the gift that keeps on giving–for30 years!

These installations also help Ypsilanti move closer to its goal of 1000 solar roofs by 2020. To date Ypsilanti has about two dozen solar installations, with at least another dozen installations happening this year, including these six.

Since 2005 SolarYpsi has been working to make Ypsilanti a “Solar Destination”, shining the way to a future filled with renewable energies. Hopefully this donation, which comes from outside the community, will inspire more residents and businesses in Ypsilanti to consider solar power.