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Proposals in Lansing would alter existing net-metering laws. Envireonmentalists and proponents of expanded use of renewable energies believe if the measures become law, it will set back gains being made in solar energy growth. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," David Fair talks with Solar Ypsi founder Dave Strenski about the local implications. 

Some 10-acres of property at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport may soon be home to a massive solar array. In this weeks edition of 'Issues of the Environment'  our guest is City of Ann Arbor Environmental Coordinator Matt Naud. Listen below to the conversation on the genesis of the project, what it will mean to the Ann Arbor area and what other projects it may inspire. 

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Michigan gets more sunlight than Germany. Why does that matter? Germany happens to be the world leader in solar installations.  But we lag far behind Germany in terms of how much of our solar energy we harness.  In this segment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at factors that may spur more local folks to go solar.


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In the not-so-distant future, Pittsfield Township Hall may be entirely powered by solar energy, with a center that also serves as a community gathering place and educational opportunity. In this week's installment of 'Issues of the Environment', David Fair talks with Pittsfield Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal.  



Ann Arbor is home to one of the nation's two net-zero energy homes. Its owner is Matt Grocoff. Listen below as Michigan League of Conservation voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak talks with Matt about sustainability and moving this area, and the nation, towards a new energy future. 


Clean Energy Coalition Sets Renewable Energy Goal

Apr 28, 2014

The Executive Director of Ann Arbor's Clean Energy Coalition thinks generating 100 kilowatts of renewable energy in town in the next year is highly achievable.

Sean Reed says teamwork should make it possible to aim even higher - perhaps one megawatt of clean energy.

"Our team here has been focusing pretty strongly on trying to look at the different types of business models that might be out there for trying to see solar have a bigger footprint in the Ann Arbor community, but also across the state," Reed says.

There may come a time when Ann Arbor residents team together and invest in communal solar energy projects. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor officials are calling on the state to remove the barriers that prevent such projects from being developed.

City Clears Another Hurdle for DTE Solar Array

Apr 10, 2013

Ypsilanti's city council has approved easements and a 20 year lease for the site the city hopes DTE Energy will choose to construct a large solar panel array.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Ypsilanti Makes First Cut For Solar Array

Apr 5, 2013
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The city of Ypsilanti has made the first cut in the effort to be home to a four million dollar DTE Energy solar array. 

City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve a lease and easement for the project, part of the next phase in the selection process. 

DTE Energy is looking for a place to install a one-point-three megawatt solar array, and the city has proposed locating the array on four-and-a-half acres of land that once served as a landfill, north of I-94 and east of Huron Street.