Issues of the Environment: Solar Energy in Ypsilanti

Oct 30, 2013

Ypsilanti continues to push forward with a goal of becoming a solar destination. 

What began as a grassroots effort in 2005, has progressed to the point where the Ypsilanti City Council has passed a resolution establishing a goal of having one-thousand solar roofs in the city by the year 2020. 
Our guest this week is Dave Strenski.

He launched Solar Ypsi back in 2005, and you can see the grassroots efforts successes at a variety of locations around the city.

A solar installation at The Corner Brewery
A solar installation at The Corner Brewery
Credit Solar Ypsi

A green marker indicates a site that has panels installed and is being monitored from this website while an orange marker is for sites that have panels installed but no monitoring. Blue markers are proposed or otherwise inactive sites.
A green marker indicates a site that has panels installed and is being monitored from this website while an orange marker is for sites that have panels installed but no monitoring. Blue markers are proposed or otherwise inactive sites.

You can learn more by visiting  www.solarypsi.org 

See Dave Strenki's talk at last year's TEDxEMU conference here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx0pTz-Qc40

Solar power has been growing in this country at a tremendous rate over the past few years, and Ypsilanti is ahead of the curve in embracing it. Dave will explain the basics of photovoltaic power: how to install grid-tied systems, the economics of solar power in Michigan, and why you should consider a solar installation on your building. This lively talk will also describe an ambitious new goal to dramatically increase the number of solar installations in Ypsilanti by 2020, and make Ypsilanti a “Solar Destination”.

Issues of the Environment is a regular part of WEMU's  Morning Edition on Wednesday and is produced in partnership with the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division.