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Meridian Township Constructs New Solar Array
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In October of 2018 the new Township Solar Panel Array was constructed. The Meridian Township Board agreed to invest in a renewable energy system, reflecting a commitment to a Climate Action Plan they adopted in 2017.
Over its lifetime, this 20KW solar array will well help reduce Meridian Township's carbon footprint by 548 tons. This is equivalent to..
Planting 12,768 Trees
Driving reduced by 1,096,000 auto miles, or 55,896 gallons of gasoline
Recycling 1,732 tons of waste instead of sending it to a landfill
Displacing CO2 emissions from the annual electric use of 62 homes
533,983 pounds (267.0 tons) of coal burned
Help avoid the use of up to 13,358,000 gallos of water by Thermoelectric Powerplants.
The system consists of 56 photovoltaic panels. The array will produce approximately 20 kilowatts (KW) of energy in full sunlight or 20 kilowatt-hours (KWH) in an hour of full sun).
In an average Michigan year, it will produce 26,716 KWHs of electricity. CBS Solar, the contractor, estimates that it will supply approximately 8% of the energy used in the Municipal Building…. (this amount could go up substantially as we improve the efficiency (lighting, computers, heating, air conditioning, etc.).
The total cost of the system was $50,323. According to CBS Solar, the utility savings over 25 years will be $143,227.
The panels began producing electricity on October 12, 2018. See photos of the installation here.
Meridian is exploring some finishing touches on the landscape. The team from Absolute Environmental Solutions will provide a proposal for some landscaping
The Project Team is also exploring ideas for a sign and other educational tools.
The Meridian Energy Team is researching next steps for achieving Meridan's 100% renewable energy goal.
In the Spring, we plan on landscaping around the area with a rain garden and plantings.