Colleen Otte – Michigan’s solar future is so bright that advocates say you might just have to wear shades. Assuming all goes as planned, Michigan may soon see a solar project nearly 50 times larger than its largest existing installation. The state’s biggest solar project now operating is a 1.1 megawatt generator owned by DTE Energy in Ann Arbor, said John Sarver, president of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association. “But there are much bigger projects planned, including 10 megawatts at Michigan State University and 20 megawatts with the Lansing Board of Water & Light,” Sarver said.
Mark Bashore – Globally, solar makes up only a miniscule portion of energy production, but that’s not dampening enthusiasm for solar on a local level, including in Lansing and East Lansing. It’s led to speculation that solar energy may be moving beyond growing pains.
Jane Wagner – The Lansing Board of Water and Light announced its plan to construct two community solar parks in its service area. East Lansing’s Burcham Park, a retired landfill site, has been designated for the first park. The second will be adjacent to the BWL Wise Road Water Treatment Plant in Lansing.
LSJ Editorial Board – The East Lansing “Go Green” mantra extends beyond Michigan State University athletics. Case in point: A collaboration with Lansing’s Board of Water & Light to build a solar array in Burcham Park that allows residents, businesses and organizations to buy into the long-term investment.
“This is something that you can take advantage of and make a difference.” Michigan Energy Options executive director John Kinch, speaks with Jack Robbins on WLNZ’s The Coffee Break about initial plans for community solar parks and how people can get involved.
Peter Nuttall – It seemed fitting to have the sun shining Tuesday afternoon as John Kinch, executive director of Michigan Energy Options, took to the podium behind the old landfill at Burcham Park. Standing next to Kinch was East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett, and other local officials. They announced the building of the first of two community solar parks in the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s (BWL) service territory.
The Lansing Board of Water and Light will create the first community solar parks in their service territory.
Dawn Parker – “Do you know the odds of a sunny day this time of year?” Michigan Energy Options Executive Director John Kinch joked Tuesday afternoon. The abundant sunshine over Burcham Park might have been read as a good omen. Kinch and other local officials were there to announce the first of two solar parks in the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s service area.
Haley Herzog – Lansing mayor Virg Bernero and East Lansing mayor Nathan Triplett are joining the Lansing Board of Water and Light to announce two new solar parks in an effort to continue to sustain mid-Michigan.
Officials from the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL), City of East Lansing and City of Lansing announced plans today to build the first community solar parks in BWL’s service territory. The announcement was held at East Lansing’s Burcham Park, a retired landfill site and the proposed location of the first of the two community solar developments. (news release from Lansing Board of Water & Light)