Second solar panel installation on North Campus to be discussed Wednesday
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the meeting would take place Tuesday, April 23. The meeting is set for Wednesday, April 24. AnnArbor.com regrets the error.
North Campus is expected to get its second solar panel array installed this construction season, and the University of Michigan will present and discuss the plans at a meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pierpont Commons, on the corner of Murfin and Bonisteel, in the Boulevard Room.
The panels will be installed on the north side of Fuller, midway between Bonisteel Boulevard and Beal Avenue, near the existing stormwater detention demonstration project.
There are 1,800 solar panels spanning 2.4 acres near the intersection of Plymouth Road and Huron Parkway on U-M's North Campus that were completed early this year. They were installed in fall 2012 and produce 430 kilowatts, generating enough energy to power 100 houses.
Reactions from residents have been mixed regarding the aesthetic of the solar panels.
The solar panels are part of what U-M President Mary Sue Coleman said is an ongoing sustainability initiative to reduce waste and energy. It's part of a $14 million initiative to enhance sustainability on the Ann Arbor campus.