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First SolarYpsi QR Tags Installed

Another project we’ve been working on is making QR tags and placing them on the buildings that have solar panels. People with a QR tag reader (usually a free app) can point their smart phone at the tag and it should bring up a 2 minute video about someone from that location explaining the solar installation at that location. This is very useful for places like the Ypsilanti Food Cooperative where the panels are on the roof and not visible from the front of the building. Here is a picture of the QR tag on the Ypsi Food Coop.

QR tag for the Ypsi Food Coop
QR tag for the Ypsi Food Coop
QR tag for the Ypsi Food Coop
QR tag for the Ypsi Food Coop

and on the River Street Bakery

QR tag for the River Street Bakery
QR tag for the River Street Bakery
QR tag for the River Street Bakery
QR tag for the River Street Bakery

Head over to the 312 River Street and point your phone at the wall, or if you’re lazy, just point your phone at the pictures on this blog posting.

Don’t have a smart phone? The videos are also available on the SolarYpsi website. Click on one of the locations and then click on the “files” tab to see a link to the video.

Thanks to Paul Haas for helping me make the tag at the Maker Works in Ann Arbor, to Nik Estep for writing the QR tag code for the SolarYpsi website, to Steve Pierce and HDL.com for hosting the SolarYpsi website, and to all the “actors” in the current and future videos.

Look for more QR tags popping up around town.

Now is the Time to Go Solar in Ypsilanti

Solar power continues to grow in the City of Ypsilanti. SolarYpsi just finished the third installation of solar panels on the Ypsilanti Food Coop’s roof, though the electrician has not yet wired it into the building.

We also got permission from the Historic District to put some solar panels on the Freighthouse. You can see pictures of what the installation will look like on pages 9, 10, 11, and 12 in the HDC information packet.

We’re working on getting another solar demonstration at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival and continue to work on a strategy to get a 1000 solar roofs in Ypsilanti.

One thing member’s of the community can do today, is to call a local solar contractor and just get a quote to see what it would cost to make your house 100% or even 50% solar powered. You can find a solar contractor directory here.

As an example, Srinergy has started a new program where they will finance 100% of a solar installation. You can go solar today for zero money down, and lease to own the system over a 10 year period. Here is their flier. Srinergy_MI_Solar_Works_Flyer