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We’re Number 18! Better than San Francisco in Watts per Capita

With all the recent solar installations going on in the City of Ypsilanti, I looked are our totals on the pie chart on the home page. We are currently sitting at 1,154,385 watts or 1.15MW. This is a bit conservative, since I know of a couple of solar installation that are not on SolarYpsi yet.

Looking at our current population on the Ypsilanti Wiki page, there are 21,076 people living in the city. Dividing 1,154,385 watts by 21,076 people we have 54.77 watts per capita.

Then looking at the 2018 Environment America Shining City report, page 7, I can see that San Francisco is ranked #18 with 54.1 watt/capita and Washington DC is ranked #17 with 69.4 watts/capita.

That makes Ypsilanti number #18 in the national for solar on a watts per capita basis. Woohoo!!

Granted we’re a small city, but something we can all be proud of achieving. Let’s install more solar power and shoot for over taking Honolulu and being #1. Call a solar contractor today and get a quote.

Ypsilanti Receives Two SolSmart Special Recognition Awards

Last summer Ypsilanti was recognized as a Gold SolSmart city. This made Ypsi the first and only city in Michigan to receive this award for their progress installing solar power throughout our community. The Gold award is achieved by accumulating points in different categories that makes your city “solar ready”. You need 60 points for Bronze, 100 points for Silver, and 200 points for Gold. The final point tally for Ypsi was 360 points! The SolSmart team also awards cities that excelled in specific categories. At last month’s ICMA (International City/County Management Association) annual conference in San Antonio, Ypsilanti was given awards for excelling in the “Planning, Zoning, and Development” and “Community Engagement” categories.

We have broken through the myth of “too cloudy, too costly”. Let’s keep the momentum going and put more solar power in Ypsilanti. A few more megawatts and we’ll be the national leader for solar power per capita.

Cake for the occasion.
Awards to be handed out.
Beth Ernat (Director of Economic Development) and Bonnie Wessler (City Planner) with Ypsi’s Gold SolSmart Award.

Open letter to Kalamazoo Anonymous Donors

Dear Kalamazoo Anonymous Donors,

Today I read about your generosity to donate $70M to the City of Kalamazoo to help out their finances. Kalamazoo officials weigh in on plan for partnership with $70M donors

May I suggest another idea for your donation? Consider turning that $70M into14,000 $5000 solar rebates and making them available to the residents, businesses, and non-profits in Kalamazoo. A typical Michigan home needs about 5000 watts of solar power to cover their annual electric bill. This typical installation would cost the owner about $15,000. With a solar rebate program and the 30% Federal Renewable Tax credit, a solar installation in Kalamazoo would cost the owner about $5000, with another $5000 coming from the rebate and $5000 coming for the tax credit.

Imagine the positive effect a solar rebate program like this would have on your city. With the matching tax credit and the home owners portion, it would inject $210M into the local economy. Imagine the solar contractors flocking to your city to compete for 14,000 solar installations. With Kalamazoo’s population of 75,000 people and approximately 29,000 households, this solar rebate program could give about HALF the people in Kalamazoo solar power. The result of which would be effectively paying their electric bills for the next 30 years! Imagine what those residents would do with that extra cash every month. Imagine a city government with no monthly electric bill. Imagine how this would effect the many non-profit organizations around town giving them the ability to direct more money towards their programs and not on electric bills.

SolarYpsi is trying to do exactly this in Ypsilanti. We’ve been working on building the number of solar installation in Ypsi and are currently around 50-watt per capita, making us one of the top cities in the nation for solar power per capita. We have a solar rebate plan in place with the City and some local organizations, but are still looking for a large donation to make it happen. If you’d like to test this idea, Ypsi would love to have a $5M donation to be a Kalamazoo prototype. Help Build a 5Megawatt Solar Power Plant on the Roofs of Ypsilanti

Let’s make Michigan a leader in solar power.