Anonymous Donor Funds Solar Energy for Six Ypsilanti Organizations
An anonymous donor has selected six Ypsilanti non-profit organizations to receive 5KW solar power installations on their rooftops. Earlier this summer the donor contacted SolarYpsi, wondering how to support renewable energy. Volunteers at SolarYpsi suggested finding local organizations that have buildings suitable for a 5 kilowatt solar installation.
From a list of Ypsilanti organizations, the donor selected these six: Corner Health Center at 47 N. Huron Street (www.cornerhealth.org), Ypsilanti Senior/Community Center at 1015 N. Congress (www.ypsiseniorcenter.org), Parkridge Community Center at 591 Armstrong, the Michigan Avenue branch of the Ypsilanti District Library at 229 W. Michigan Ave, (www.ypsilibrary.org), Ypsilanti Department of Public Services offices at 14 W. Forest, and Washtenaw International High School at 510 Emerick St (www.wihi.org).
By coordinating these projects as one job, SolarYpsi was able to collect bids with lower overall pricing, than the cost of six separate projects. The winning contractor is S.U.R Energy of Ann
Arbor, which offered an average install price of under $3 per watt. All work is expected to be completed this year.
Donating money for renewable energy is a great way to support an organization. By giving funds directly to the organization, with quotes already in place, there is zero administration overhead. The solar power will significantly reduce their operating budgets, so the organization can focus more resources on the good work they do for the community. It’s the gift that keeps on giving–for30 years!
These installations also help Ypsilanti move closer to its goal of 1000 solar roofs by 2020. To date Ypsilanti has about two dozen solar installations, with at least another dozen installations happening this year, including these six.
Since 2005 SolarYpsi has been working to make Ypsilanti a “Solar Destination”, shining the way to a future filled with renewable energies. Hopefully this donation, which comes from outside the community, will inspire more residents and businesses in Ypsilanti to consider solar power.