Posted August 25, 2010
United States Solar & Wind (USSW) officially launched their SolarXchange Program with a 20 kilowatt (kW) ballasted rooftop installation at their distibution headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan.
The solar system is designed to produce an average of 65 kilowatt hours (kWh) per day which will knock more than 50% of the energy cost off the facilities electric bill which they share with their neighbor, Speedy Litho.
The upfront cost for the installaton of the system was zero and will produce energy for the next 20 years thanks to DTE's SolarCurrents Program along with the Department of Treasury's Energy Property Grant (Section 1603).
Today also marks the beginning of USSW's venture towards installing over 1MW of solar in Southeast Michigan, significantly reducing the electric bills of many businesses, and saving our planet in over 20,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
The materials for the installation were supplied by Altronics Energy, based in Grand Rapids, MI. The system was installed by Howard Croft and Mid-Michigan Solar. Both companies entered into a Strategic Alliance with USSW in early 2010 to help bring Michigan to the forefront of solar developments in the United States. Special mention is also awarded to Michigan's own Applied Energy Technology (AET) who manufactured the ballasted racking components.
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