Community Solar Project Launches in East Lansing

The first community solar park in the Greater Lansing Region is now leasing panels to Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) electric customers. Once 80 percent of the 1,000 solar panels are leased, construction of the 300-kilowatt array will begin at East Lansing’s Burcham Park, a retired landfill. Construction is contingent on review and approval of a number of building permits required by the City of East Lansing.

“We’ve leased 200 panels out of 1,000 in a matter of a few days,” said John Kinch, Executive Director of Michigan Energy Options, one of the partners on the project that includes BWL and Patriot Solar Group.

The MI Community Solar project allows customers in the BWL electric service territory the opportunity to support solar energy without having to install panels on their property. Solar supporters will sign a 25-year lease and pay a single, upfront cost of $399 per panel. The BWL will provide a monthly on-bill credit to lessees, reflective of the amount of solar energy generated per panel.

The project team would like to see construction begin in time for the 300-kilowatt solar park to begin producing clean energy from the sun by Earth Day, April 22, 2017. “The faster people sign up for panels, the sooner we can begin building,” said Kinch.

It’s time to shine. Leases are limited. Reserve your panels now and support clean, local, renewable energy today at micommunitysolar.org/sign-up/

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