Last spring Environment Michigan approached SolarYpsi and encouraged us to propose a bold goal for a 1000 solar roofs in Ypsilanti. City Council was interested, but the quest came up as to whether there were a thousand available roof in Ypsi with good solar exposure.
Well it’s taken a while to get the data organized, but Profess William Welsh from Eastern Michigan University has overlaid tree cover maps with property boundary maps with building foot print maps. Just looking at residential properties Bill and his grad student Ben have been able to identify over 5000 roof tops with at lease some portion of their roof not covered by tress. They have also identified over a thousand residential roof with south facing roof pitches with good solar exposure.
So the question has been answered yes we have a thousand roof with good solar exposure and many more if we look at roof with partial exposure and even more if we consider commercial roofs.
City Council will be considering a resolution Tuesday night, Sept 3, supporting a resolution for a 1000 solar roofs. You can see the agenda here.
Passing this resolution will show Ypsilanti’s commitment to solar and renewable energies. This will not only save Ypsi residents money on their power bill but will also make Ypsilanti a “Solar Destination” attracting people and businesses to our town.
Environment Michigan made a very nice report about this project.
You can see the report here.
Once the resolution is passed we plan on sending a letter to the home owners in the City with good solar exposure and encourage them to consider solar power for their roofs.
Come to the City Council meeting and support this project. Help make Ypsilanti a “Solar Destination”.