Watch our Community Solar Garden produce power!
this link opens a new window to Sunny Portal's page for our system.
(Sunny Portal makes the inverters that convert solar power to electricity.)
Click around to see current production as well as
the garden's production history, capacity, and more.
Download our fact sheet (small pdf file)
Community Solar Leases Now Available
Solar panels are available for lease now at the HomeWorks Community Solar Garden, located at our Portland office on Grand River Avenue.
Members can sign up for one or more Phase I panels on a 20-year lease, for a net cost of $425 each after instant rebates from Michigan Energy Optimization and Touchstone Energy.
In exchange for leasing a 275-watt panel, the leasing member will receive a monthly credit on their energy bill for their share of the project’s average monthly production, at the co-op’s prior-year wholesale rate. Payback is estimated at 17 to 18 years at current electric costs.
HomeWorks Tri-County’s Community Solar Garden is engineered by Cascade Renewable Energy of Grand Rapids, which has done a number of similar projects, including the solar arrays at several State of Michigan Welcome Centers, such as the one near Clare on US 127.
One key factor for us in choosing a partner was using American-made products where possible. The panels in our Community Solar Garden are assembled in California by SolarWorld-USA. The racks they’re attached to are built in New Mexico by DPW | Solar. (These links will open a new window for you to browse in. Simply close the new window to return here.)
For general information on solar energy (particularly in Michigan), the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association provides downloadable reports and a frequently-asked questions section under the Community Solar tab.