Resolution to Encourage Community Solar Development in Ann Arbor
At its July 9, 2013 meeting the Energy Commission adopted a resolution (attached) to develop a pilot Community Solar project. Community Solar is an emerging practice allowing a group of people or businesses to purchase shares in a renewable energy system not located at the site of their electric meter. The participants receive a share of the value of the energy produced from the off-site renewable energy system as if the system were located at their home or business. Certain preclusions do not automatically allow this to happen within the territory of large public utilities. The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) is underway with a state-wide grant exploring feasibility and constraints facing Community Solar, and a pilot in Ann Arbor can inform, and be informed, by this effort.
The Cherryland Electric Cooperative in Traverse City is the first larger scale example in Michigan of Communi...Click here for full text