Jackson, MI; December 2, 2015 – It may be cloudy in Michigan in December – but at the Felt Estate in Laketown Township, they are gardening and dreaming of sunny skies.Their partner, Community Green Energy, working with Michigan-based, Harvest Energy Solutions, will design and build a 100 kilowatt solar garden system at the estate beginning December 2015.
Harvest Energy Solutions will design and install the solar garden, located just west of the Felt Estate.Upon completion, the Felt Estate Solar Garden will be fully operational and will generate enough electricity to power Felt Mansion and other estate buildings.
“We understand the importance of this project to the community and are proud to be associated with their goal in creating a sustainable energy resource,” stated Mark Olinyk, President and CEO of Harvest Energy Solutions.
The “power-up” event is planned for Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. at the Felt Mansion during Laketown Township’s Winterfest.The public is welcome to attend as we celebrate the start of our solar array.Community Green Energy will be on hand to answer questions about the solar garden and how residents can participate in this unique venture.
Winterfest is a family-fun, free day at the mansion that includes a visit from Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides past our new solar array, self-guided tours of the mansion decorated for the holidays, and a free lunch from Dokk’s Firehouse dogs. No tickets are necessary. The event begins at noon.
The building of the array requires no capital outlay from Laketown Township or the Felt Estate.Instead, Community Green Energy funds the project and sells “subscriptions” to the array.So, residents who cannot have solar on their home site can still participate in this renewable energy source by purchasing a subscription in the project.Subscribers can choose to buy as little as 1 panel or enough to power their own home. Also, for those residents who are interested in solar for their own homes, Community Green Energy also has cost savings options for private homeowners.
“My favorite aspect of the project is that it is true to the history of the estate. Dorr Felt was a man ahead of his time when it came to using wave, wind, and solar energies – so to have a solar garden on the estate is historically appropriate,” said Pat Hoezee Meyer, director of the Felt Estate. The solar garden is also in keeping with the Felt Estate’s LEED-EB Gold certification.
This unique project represents a partnership between two private businesses, a local unit of government, and a non-profit organization. “This is no small feat, and we are very proud to be a part of this cooperative project,” said Meyer. The Felt Estate Solar Garden is anticipated to have a life-span of 40+ years, and is virtually maintenance-free.