City Of Ann Arbor Gets National Recognition For Its Commitment To Making Solar Energy Accessible

Mar 8, 2021

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Ann Arbor is receiving a silver designation from the national SolSmart program.  WEMU's Heather Irvine has more about what that means.


Solsmart is a program that recognizes and supports local units of government with advancing solar installations and making communities open for solar business.  Sustainability and Innovations manager Missy Stults believes as a Silver SolSmart designee, the City of Ann Arbor is helping solar companies reduce costs of installations to pass savings on to consumers. It also makes information and ideas more accessible.  

"It raises the community conversation for people to come and give us even more solutions that we haven't thought about to make it easier and better for constituents for businesses for others to move forward."

 This allows Ann Arbor to be a more solar friendly community.  And Stults is still looking up. 

"And actually we're only one action away from gold.  We had pre-COVID, we would have hit gold."

 Stultz urges everyone to hold the city accountable until the gold designation is achieved. 

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— Heather Irvine is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her studio@wemu.org