After years of talking about adding solar panels atop city buildings to meet its climate action goals, Ann Arbor is investing roughly $74,000 to take a step forward.
City Council approved a contract last week with Jackson-based Harvest Solar LLC to cover a fire station roof with solar panels. Fire Station 6 near Briarwood Mall is poised to become the first city facility in Ann Arbor to come close to being “net zero,” meaning the array will meet almost all of the building’s energy needs, said Missy Stults, the city’s sustainability office manager.
“This has been a herculean effort of a lot of people to try to move this forward and we’re really excited,” Stults said.
It’s looking like the panels will be installed next month, Stults said.
It’s something the sustainability office and Energy Commission have been working on together for a while, said Council Member Jack Eaton, D-4th Ward, one of the proposal’s sponsors.