The Township Manager has prepared the following information for residents interested in the recent green energy additions to the Township Hall property.
- Five solar panels were installed in August of 2010 on a hill behind the Genoa Charter Township Hall located at 2911 Dorr Road. The system has a total rated capacity of 9.5 kW. The
photovoltaic panels are rated for .7 kW each for a total of 3.5 kW. The system is expected to provide approximately 20% of the Township Hall's electrical needs.
- The Township was awarded an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Multi-Purpose Block Grant for $94,919 from the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth Bureau of Energy
Systems. The funding source for the grant was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Township's share of the project was $8,800 in personnel and contractual services.
- When the Township Hall is not in use and it is a very sunny day the energy conversion system may generate more power than the Hall needs. In these instances power will be actually fed back to
the electrical grid. A "net" meter has been installed that will spin backwards when this occurs in effect paying the Township for energy produced.
- A residential installation typically costs between $9,000 and $12,000 not including tax credits.
- The useful life for these systems is 20+ years.