Ann Arbor, Michigan: Solar in Action (Brochure) Page: 2 of 8
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Ann Arbor was designated by the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) as a Solar America City on June 20, 2007.
Prior to that, Ann Arbor had a modest number of
installations by many standards and a number of
challenges. However, the city was gaining momentum from
municipal installations and supportive political leadership.
At the time of the award, Ann Arbor had:
" Approximately 86 kilowatts (kW) of photovoltaic (PV) and 19 solar
water heating (SWH) installations
" Highly visible public installations with strong educational content
available in multiple locations, including on the well-known Leslie
" Specific goals for renewable energy and solar endorsed by the mayor
" A state government actively promoting renewable energy and solar
" A dedicated city energy programs manager staff position
" A limited net metering program that was not a strong incentive-less
than 15% of known installed solar systems were enrolled.
While Michigan is not known for its sunshine, Ann Arbor receives 25%
more sunlight than Germany, a world leader in solar energy utilization.
Ann Arbor believed that its well-educated population could be brought to
understand the benefits and value of solar in Michigan.
and Setting Goals
Ann Arbor entered the Solar America Cities partnership with a limited
number of existing monitored installations that proved solar could work in
Michigan and visionary political leadership willing to set lofty goals for
renewable energy. The city set a goal to install 5,000 solar systems and
obtain 20% of the city's energy from renewable sources by 2015. To
achieve these goals, the Ann Arbor Solar America Cities partnership
identified the following activities:
" Develop an Ann Arbor Solar Plan to identify and remove barriers to
increased solar energy use
" Improve city regulations and building codes to help streamline the
installation of solar systems
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