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SolarYpsi 2015 Year in Review

2015 was another record year for solar installations in Ypsilanti with 8 new locations. Most of these came from our wonderful anonymous donor who funded solar projects on six non-profits in town. These locations included the Ypsi District Library, Parkridge Community Center, Ypsi Senior Center, Washtenaw International High School (WiHi), the Corner Health Center, and the Ypsi Department of Public Services (DPS on Forest). Add to this a couple of residential solar installations, and we’re climbing our way to a 1000 solar roofs.

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While we’re only at 33 solar installations so far, Ypsilanti made a lot of progress towards a large solar farm in town. When DTE announced plans for a large solar installation near the Ann Arbor airport, the community rallied and started asking questions about the proposed solar installation for the City-owned property near exit 183 on I94. With over 800 signatures on a petition asking DTE to reevaluate Ypsilanti for a large solar installation, they found a suitable
location on the north end of town in the Highland Cemetery. So far, everything is on track for this project to start in the spring.

The Mott Foundation funded a report looking at the state of renewable energies in the State of Michigan and Ypsilanti was one of seven communities they investigated. The report showed that Ypsilanti had the most solar installations of all the communities! You can see the report here.

Eastern Michigan University continues to send students to learn about solar power first hand and several term papers have been written about solar power in Ypsilanti.

The SolarYpsi.org website continues to grow with a total of 63 locations on the website. If you haven’t seen the aerial videos that Cameron Getto has been putting together, you can check them out here. They are amazing!

SolarYpsi gave 17 face-to-face presentations in 2015 reaching another 282 people first hand and answering questions. These included one-on-one meetings with home owners and large events like the National Solar Tour and the annual Michigan Energy Fair.

Ypsilanti now has 173,635 watts of installed solar power or (173,635/19,809) 8.7 watts per capita. While this is still a tiny number, if we add in the proposed 800kW solar installation at the cemetery we’ll have (973,635/19,809) 49.1 watt per capita. If we can get a few more watts installed, we’ll be one of Environment America’s Shining Cities with over 50 watts per capita.

The only sad news this year was that our long time developer of the SolarYpsi.org website is moving on to new opportunities, and we need to find a new web developer.

Here’s to another banner year for solar power in 2016 bringing Ypsilanti closer to becoming a Solar Destination!

How to Finance Your Solar Project

Lets say that you are convinced that solar is for your home and all the economics works, but you just can’t come up with the up front money to pay for your solar installation. There are several ways to finance a solar project, here are two different way.

Michigan Saves

1) Personal unsecured loans of $1,000 to $30,000 at fixed APR not to exceed 7%.

2) Extended loan terms of one year per $1,000 up to $4,999; customer can pick term up to 10 years for loans $5,000 and higher (e.g., sample monthly payment for 3-year, $3,000 loan at 7% APR is $93; a 7-year, $6,000 loan at 7% APR is $91).

3) Loans for home improvements such as: new windows and doors; new furnace, boiler or heat pump; new appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators or ceiling fans. See the home improvements page for a full list.

4) Web and phone-based loan application system with quick decisions (within minutes) to facilitate “dinner table” sales.

5) Low rates with affordable monthly payments; click here to see estimated monthly payments for Michigan Saves loans.

6) No home equity required (unsecured loans).

7) Available for owner-occupied, single-family (1 – 4 unit) homes.

8) Qualifying energy efficiency improvements must be recommended by a comprehensive, whole-home energy assessment conducted by a certified auditor, or selected from a list of Qualified Home Improvements.

The first step when applying for a Michigan Saves Home Energy Loan is to find an authorized contractor. The contractor will help you identify qualifying improvements and initiate the loan application process.

Admirals Bank

1) No equity or appraisal required

2) No prepayment penalties

3) Flexible loan terms

4) Fixed rates

5) Interest and HUD insurance fees may be tax deductible (consult your tax advisor)

6) No seasoning requirements

7) Borrowers looking for renewable energy products may apply any tax credits and/or local incentives to request a one-time re-amortization within the first 24 months of the funding date of the loan to lower, or ‘step down,’ monthly payments, provided certain requirements are met

8) Access to a team of renewable energy financing experts.

While I have never used either of these programs, Cameron Getto used Admirals for his solar projects and was very happy. Don’t let the up front payment deter you. Install solar power on your house today.

SolarYpsi YouTube Channel

Cameron Getto has been making lots of aerial videos of the solar installations around Ypsilanti. While we have been putting links to those videos on the individual installation pages, it’s hard to view all of them one after another. To fix this, Cameron made a YouTube playlist which we have linked to on the SolarYpsi YouTube Channel. You can see it here.

Break out the popcorn and a yummy beverage, sit back and enjoy flying over some lovely solar installation.

Two New Solar Installations in Ypsilanti

If you haven’t seen them yet, I’d suggest you take a walk down Oak and Maple Streets and check out the new solar installations at 206 Oak and 305 Maple. Both are mounted on the garages and installed by the home owner and some neighbors.

206 Oak Street
206 Oak Street
305 Maple Street
305 Maple Street

See more pictures and additional information here: 206 Oak and 305 Maple.

If you’re interested in solar power for your house, look for a solar contractor in the phone book and pick one for the GLREA contractor’s list.