MI Community SolarWKAR

Kevin Lavery – Community solar is hot, and more Americans are warming up to it. The Solar Energy Industries Association reports 25 states have at least one community solar project in operation. A dozen states have passed laws mandating its development.


MI Community SolarGreater Lansing Business Monthly

Greater Lansing is on the verge of converting its first sunbeams into energy, thanks to a new project announced by the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL), the city of East Lansing and the city of Lansing. Under the partnership, BWL will bring the first solar parks to its service territory.

In The News: Large solar dawns in Michigan, but residential incentives may sunset

MI Community SolarGreat Lakes Echo

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.

In The News: City to sprout solar-power parks

MI Community SolarSpartan Newsroom

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.

Editorial: East Lansing Goes Greener

MI Community SolarLansing State Journal

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.

On the Air: Community Solar is coming to East Lansing and Lansing

MI Community SolarWLNZ

“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.

In The News: Board of Water & Light announces first of two new solar projects in East Lansing and Lansing

MI Community SolarThe State News

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.