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Clean Energy in Michigan Series | Coldwater Solar Field Park (No. 6)
Fact Sheet

This case study describes a 1.3 MW solar energy installation located in Coldwater, Michigan, on the site of a demolished foundry. A prime example of brownfield redevelopment for renewable energy, it is a 7-acre project that deploys nearly 5,000 solar panels—generating enough electricity to power roughly 150 homes. The project became operational in February 2018. The case study is one of four produced by a 2019 Dow Fellows team.

April 2020
Clean Energy in Michigan Series | East Lansing Community Solar (No. 8)
Fact Sheet

This case study describes a 430,000 kW solar energy installation located in East Lansing, Michigan, on the site of a retired, capped landfill. A prime example of brownfield redevelopment for renewable energy, it is a 1-acre project on a 2.7-acre site that deploys 1,000 solar panels—generating enough electricity to power roughly 60 homes. The project became operational in December 2018. The case study is one of four produced by a 2019 Dow Fellows team.

April 2020
Clean Energy in Michigan Series | Cadillac Community Solar (No. 5)
Fact Sheet

This case study describes a ½ MW solar energy installation located in Cadillac, Michigan, on the site of a manufacturing facility destroyed by fire in 2013. A prime example of brownfield redevelopment for renewable energy, it is a 5-acre project on a 20-acre site that required remediation of rubble, lead, PCE, and asbestos. The project is expected to become operational in 2020. The case study is one of four produced by a 2019 Dow Fellows team.

April 2020
Clean Energy in Michigan Series | O’Shea Solar Park—Detroit (No. 7)
Fact Sheet

This case study describes a 2.44 MW solar energy installation located in O’Shea Park, in the Grandale neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. The site is a 20-acre park housing a 9.6-acre project. It will produce enough electricity to power roughly 450 homes. The case study is one of four produced by a 2019 Dow Fellows team.

April 2020
Clean Energy in Michigan Series | Comparing Solar and Wind Proposals (No. 4)
Fact Sheet

This fact sheet compares the impacts of two renewable energy projects—one solar, one wind—proposed for the same area: Shiawassee County, Michigan. The county ultimately developed zoning regulations that would permit the solar project as proposed, but would not allow the wind project as proposed. Some of the most important factors they took into consideration are presented in this fact sheet.

April 2020
Clean Energy in Michigan Series | Wind Turbine Economic Impact—Local Employment (No. 2)
Fact Sheet

This fact sheet addresses two questions about the impact of wind energy developments on local employment: 1) How many local jobs are created by wind turbines? 2) What kinds of jobs are created by wind turbines? The fact sheet compares and interprets the outcome of four wind development projects across Michigan.

April 2020
Clean Energy in Michigan Series | Collaborative Planning for Renewable Energy (No. 3)
Fact Sheet

This fact sheet uses a case study from Gratiot County, Michigan, to demonstrate how community engagement can lead to better outcomes for future energy development. The fact sheet describes the collaborative framework used to create the Gratiot Regional Excellence and Transformation (GREAT) plan, which includes proactive planning for renewable energy development and was the first in Michigan to establish collective goals across municipal boundaries.

April 2020
Clean Energy in Michigan Series | Wind Turbine Economic Impact—Landowner Payments (No. 3)
Fact Sheet

This fact sheet addresses two questions about the economic impact of wind energy developments on landowners: 1) How are local residents compensated for the use of their land for wind turbines? 2) Does the money from landowner payments stay in the local community? The fact sheet compares and interprets the outcome of four wind development projects across Michigan.

April 2020
Paper/Project Report

Michigan’s renewable portfolio standard requiring that 15 percent of retail electricity sales come from renewable energy sources by 2021 motivates an exploration of ways in which Michigan might best use its resources to achieve its renewable energy targets. Brownfield sites owned by the Michigan Land Bank are plentiful state-owned resources that have great potential to be used as solar development sites. However, several challenges exist that hinder this seemingly evident solution. This report primarily draws upon knowledge gained via interviews with a variety of stakeholders, aimed at both defining these barriers and proposing avenues forward.

March 2020
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Catalyst Grant 2020 Powerpoint Slide

January 2020

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