Washtenaw County Solar Projects
In a move that reduces pollution as well as save money and energy, Washtenaw County has completed installation of two renewable energy systems: a 10 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV), and a solar hot water heating system.
The Solar PV system is installed behind the back parking lot at the Washtenaw County Western Service Center on Zeeb Road. The system will help reduce the amount of electricity that the County normally has to purchase from its utility. Whats more, the use of solar energy is better for the environment as it offsets air and water pollution produced from fossil fuels. PV panels produce electricity by harnessing the power of the sun. In 2010, this system generated approximately 12.7 MWH of electricity, which provides around 2% of the total annual electricity use at the facility.
On the other side of the County, at at the Service Center in Pittsfield Township, the County has installed a new solar hot water system at the Youth Center. Similar to a solar PV system, a solar hot water system harnesses the power of the sun to heat water. No electricity is produced but heat energy from the sun is simply transferred to heat water. This one solar system is expected to save approximately $500, and 400 cubic feet of natural gas per year. It will also reduce close to 5,000 lbs of carbon dioxide per year.
Solar Cities Partnership
In 2007, the City of Ann Arbor was designated a Solar America City by the U.S. Department of Energy. Washtenaw County is one of many partners in this initiative which seeks to identify and overcome barriers to intergating solar energy into our community. More information on this program and partnership can be found at the City of Ann Arbor Solar City website.
For more information please contact Brett Lenart at the Washtenaw County Department of Economic Development and Energy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 222-3860.