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Plans Moving Forward On Ypsilanti Solar Array

Mar 15, 2016

Ypsilanti City Council members will discuss next steps in allowing DTE to build a solar array in Highland Cemetery.


 

On the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting is a resolution to update the city’s code to include solar farms as part of a special taxing district.

DTE announced plans last year to install 250 solar panels in an unused section of Highland Cemetery. The panels will generate around 800 kilowatts, or enough energy to power 150 homes.

The company wants to have construction finished by this summer. Ypsilanti will share revenue from DTE’s lease of the land with Highland Cemetery. The city will also collect an estimated $144,000 in taxes over the next five years from the project.

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— Amanda LeClaire is an assignment reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her aleclair@emich.edu