Solar Power

Lisa Barry

Many of Michigan's top elected officials attended an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce luncheon, where one of the state's US Senators was the keynote speaker.


Ann Arbor's city council will meet tonight, and solar power will be on the agenda.


Solar Panels
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DTE Energy will soon start construction on a solar panel array in Ypsilanti.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Barry LaRue, a trustee with the Highland Cemetery Association, about the solar array project and why the cemetery is the right place to house a renewable energy system. 

Solar Panels Ypsi

There’s heated debate over the future of renewable energy policy in Michigan – and it’s not just Democrats versus Republicans.  

Ecology Center Solar Panels Installation
Ecology Center

Ann Arbor is getting greener. The non-profit Ecology Center is installing eight solar panels on its roof Friday.

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.

National Solar Tour comes to Ypsi This Weekend

Oct 4, 2013

The National Solar Tour is coming to Ypsilanti this weekend.

You'll be able to visit nearly a dozen buildings - including a few homes - that have solar panels, and learn about solar energy at each site.

The event is organized by SolarYpsi. Founder Dave Strenski says says the sites on the tour will include the Corner Brewery, the Ypsilanti Food Co-op, Adams STEM Academy, and City Hall.

The tour runs from 10am to 4pm Saturday.  For a complete list of tour sites or more information visit

Solar Panels Ypsi

Environment Michigan Tuesday night made a presentation to Ypsilanti City Council on how the city could become a solar energy leader in Michigan, but its recommendation that the city set a goal of having solar panels on 1,000 roofs by the year 2020 was not immediately acted upon. 


A new report says Ypsilanti could benefit both environmentally and financially from becoming a “solar destination”, and recommends the city set the goal of having solar panels installed on 1,000 city roofs by the year 2020. 

Environment Michigan says the city would benefit from revenue from permits that would be required to install solar panels. 

The group says a study in California showed solar panels added $20-thousand to the value of a home. 

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.