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Solar panels on the roof
This installation has 32 solar panels in landscape mode on the back side of a ranch home, using Enphase M190 micro-inverters.
 

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Finished solar installation
This puts solar panels on two different locations, with 14 panels on the garage with a 12/12 pitch and 6 panels on the back porch roof with a 10° pitch. All are facing south. This location has minimal shading with a small wood stove chimney casting and afternoon shadow on one of the panels.
 
Finished soalr installation
This 3.2kW system is on a porch roof and is designed to offset >90% of the homeowner's consumption. The homeowner built the porch to specifically accommodate the solar array, but the array is expandable onto the main house roof when the homeowner purchases an EV to provide solar powered driving.
 
Finished Installation
The home owner at 280 Bellers Court purchased this solar installation as a kit from Aten solar in late 2008 and installed the system in February of 2009. It produces about 85 KWH of power per month and supplies about 1/3 to 1/2 of the electrical needs of the home.
 

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finished solar installation
These panels are mounted on a garage that overhang both the ridge and eaves by a few inches. This installation is also interesting in that it's using two different type of solar panels, so we should get some good comparison data.
 
View of panels from the SouthWest
This is an excellent example of a small rooftop solar installation. Since the system is using Enphase micro-inverters, it can easily be expanded in the future.
 

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Dave with his cordless drill
This is not the best location for solar but by doing it ourselves and with today prices, we're hope that this installation will pay for itself in 5 years.
 
Unloading the solar panels
This site is located in Ypsilanti's Historic District with the solar panels mounted on the back of the house. The installation is using Michigan made solar panels and inverter.
 

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Installed Panels
The rental house at 403 South Huron has a total of 55 SunPower solar panels. Apartment A has 6 solar panels dedicated to its power usage, apartment B has 9 solar panels, and apartment C has 40 panels.
 

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Installed Panels
The rental house at 403 South Huron has a total of 55 SunPower solar panels. Apartment A has 6 solar panels dedicated to its power usage, apartment B has 9 solar panels, and apartment C has 40 panels.
 

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Installed Panels
The rental house at 403 South Huron has a total of 55 SunPower solar panels. Apartment A has 6 solar panels dedicated to its power usage, apartment B has 9 solar panels, and apartment C has 40 panels.
 
Rails installed
This installation is a nice example using black panels with black frames to blend it into the roof.
 
Aerialphoto of Solar Panels
This location has a very large ground mount consisting of two arrays, each with 44 panels in a 4 by 11 matrix.
 
Solar Panels
A 6kw demonistration ground mount system was temporarily installed at Riverside Park for the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival. After the festival the panels were moved to 6232 Munger.
 
Aerial view before installation
Roof mounted system using Sonali panels facing almost due south.
 
Final Installation
Amy Strutz is a licensed electrician that has installed 3.84 kW of solar panels on her garage. This system uses Mage solar panels and Solar Bridge micro inverters.
 
View of all the panels
Larry design and installed this solar installation with some help from his neighbor. He designed the racking himself and figures that with the money he saved, the system should pay for itself in about 4 years.
 
Finished installation
This solar installation is on the back side of the house on a large dormer. The shallow angle should give it great summer time production.
 
Bus Stop
This installation has a single panel and it was installed in 2006. Because this is a bus stop, we are not monitoring the panel output on this website.
 

Historical Data

 
Installed
This is a 10 panel system installed in 2011 on the side the Adams Elementary School. This instllation is capable of producing 2.4 kW of electricity during peak sunlight.
 
Picture of the roof top
This system consists of ten photovoltaic panels, each capable of producing 230W of power. They work with a Xantrex Inverter and supply power directly to the Pub. High efficiency lighting has been installed, to maximum use of this 'free' electricity.
 
Aerial view of the installation
This is a very large ballasted roof mount system using Applied Energy Technologies racking.
 
Solar shingles installed on roof
This installation uses Luma Resources solar shingles.
 
Solar shingles on the West part of the roof
This installation is using Luma Resources Solar Shingles.
 
Single axis tracker with clubhouse solar in the background
This is an example of a single axis tracker that is facing South with a North/South tilt to track seasonal changes in the sun's elevation.
 
Solar Panels
Steve Pierce, who owns HDL.com that hosts SolarYpsi.org, has a summer house in Albuquerque. SolarYpsi helped Steve find some inexpensive Evergreen solar panels that he had delivered to Albuquerque and installed on the roof. This is the first SolarYpsi site outside Michigan and it will be interesting to compare his solar generation against Ypsilanti solar locations.
 
Bredernitz Professional Services, Inc
11 panels were installed in 2011 on the roof of a shed and pergola. This installation is capable of producing 2.7 kW of electricity during peak sunlight.
 
Corner Brewery
144 panels are being installed on the roof of the Corner Brewery. This installation will be capable of producing 18.0 kW of electricity during peak sunlight.
 
Proposal
DTE Energy sent out an RFP for locating a large solar farm. The City of Ypsilanti has partnered with SunDurance and submitted a proposal. Hopefully the City will get selected and the proposed farm will get installed in 2013.
 
Aerial view of solar installation
This is a good example of a large solar installation on a standing seam metal roof.
 
Aerial view of the solar installation
This is a good example of a dual-axis tracker solar installation. A photo sensor looks for the brightest spot in the sky and positions the panels to point at it.
 

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South side of garage before installation
This is the first solar installation on a historic residence in Ypsilanti. This location is unique in that they have put panels on the South, West and East side of an attached garage.
 

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Installed Solar Panels
Matt Grocoff is a strong advocate for energy efficiency and renewable energies and is famous for having the oldest net-zero house in the nation. See all the great work he is doing at GreenovationTV.
 
 
Solar Panels
GW Kent has the largest solar installation in Ypsilanti in in 2011.
 
WirelessYpsi has installed several WiFi radios at Hamilton Crossing to provide Internet access to the residents. Three of those radios are solar powered.
 
Final solar installtion on roof
This installation is not visible from the street, but is a nice example of a simple roof ballasted solar installation.
 
Final solar installation
This is an solar awning installation with the panels facing both South and SouthWest.
 

Historical Data

 
Solar Panel Rack Prototype
30 panels were installed in 2010 on the roof of the River Street Bakery. This installation is capable of producing 6.0 kW of electricity during peak sunlight.
 
Radio
Description for list of all sites page This installation has a single panel and was installed in 2011. The panel charges a battery that powers a wireless internet radio giving visitors to Frog Island free wireless internet access.
 

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Final Solar Panel Installation
Ypsilanti's City Hall had 12 solar panels installed on its south-facing wall beginning in the fall of 2009. By the end of March 2010, the installation was completed and online monitoring of the output was up and running. This installation is capable of producing 2.5 kW of electricity during peak sunlight.
 

Historical Data

 
Ypsi Coop Front Door
The Ypsilanti Food Cooperative has 12 solar panels on its roof capable of producing 2.3 kW of electricity during peak sunlight. This was the first installation that had online monitoring of the panels' output, which has been running since April of 2009.
 
Installation - Day 1
Description for list of all sites pageThe Ypsilanti Food Cooperative has installed a second solar array on their roof. This system consist of 18 220 watt Evergreen solar panels using EnPhase microinverters for a total of 4KW of power. This system wwas installed in the fall of 2012.
 
Compare Solar Production Among Sites
Compare the solar generation at different installations on SolarYpsi.