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.
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.
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.