SolarYpsi is an all-volunteer group made up of people decided to the use of renewable energy sources. The group has developed a map of solar projects in the City of Ypsilanti, with the goal of providing information on how much solar power is being generated within the city at any moment.
SolarYpsi was launched in 2005 when the Ypsilanti Food Co-operative won a grant from the State of Michigan to install a small demonstration solar photovoltaic system on their roof. The group also created a traveling educational presentation to explain how solar power works in Michigan, and the advantages of tying solar installation into the local electricity grid. To date over a thousand people have attended these presentations, and the response has stimulated ideas and planning for new projects, along with new requests for presentations.
If you would like to schedule a presentation for your group of 15 or more, contact the Ypsi Food Coop at 734-483-1520. SolarYpsi welcomes your help to make Ypsilanti a "Solar Destination". If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about how solar power works in Michigan, please contact us and "get on the map."
Also, check out these great resources about Solar Ypsi:
- About Solar Ypsi (video)
- New Energy for Detroit (video)
- Solar Ypsi's Data Monitoring (article in Homepower)
- One Person, One Community: Making a Difference (article in Homepower)
- Understanding Solar Power in Ypsilanti: Dave Strenski at TEDxEMU (video)