Wires II Grant!
Back in 2006 and 2008 Wyandotte Municipal Services received two earmark grants for ‘Wind on Brownfields’. After several years of investigation, it was concluded that utility size wind was not possible in Wyandotte (please see the Wind page for details). The grants were thought to be lost until the end of 2012 when new DOE project management was assigned to our account and have proceeded to work with WMS to redevelop the scope of the project and allow a much broader use of these funds. The new grant is called Wyandotte Integrated Energy Strategy II (WIRES II) and the project scope will include the following:
- Task 1 is the evaluation and installation of energy-efficient and low-maintenance LED streetlights, park and stadium lights in prominent downtown areas, major thoroughfares, and parks to create significant energy and labor savings.
- Task 2 is the planning and installation of micro-wind turbine demonstration sites.The approved site near Grove St. and the train tracks is awaiting final DOE approval of the selected wind turbines prior to installation.
- Task 3 was the evaluation, engineering, plan development, and installation of a geothermal infrastructure to support an expanding district energy system in Wyandotte. The buildings that are part of this geothermal energy infrastructure include: Bacon Memorial District Library, Wyandotte Water Department and BASF Phase I and II.
- Task 4 is the Renewable Energy Job Training Program and the School & Public Outreach Program, which will use the technology deployments to gain support and participation of local businesses and homeowners for deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Wyandotte will seek to create a training program in partnership with the Wyandotte School System and an education/business training consultant. This program will teach Wyandotte residents, WMS employees, and elementary through high school and community college students, the skills they need to understand energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Skill sets will include engineering fundamentals (math, physics and general science), evaluation, planning, design, installation and maintenance of systems.
WMS has created a “Save A Watt in Wyandotte” Info project that provides public and educational outreach on its renewable energy projects, with information on how others can adopt them.
EECBG (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant) - Wires I
Called WIRES, Wyandotte Integrated Renewable Energy Strategy – In 2010, Wyandotte Municipal Services was awarded 3.807 million in grant funds from the Department of Energy (DOE) to cover several areas of energy improvements.
- Solar Panel installation – 212.6 kW were installed at the water settling basin and the adjacent tennis court area.
- Geothermal installations – Multiple systems were installed in city/municipal owned buildings including the water filtration plant and office facility, and the American Legion.
- 1.99% APR Low Interest Loan Program – this program has allowed many homeowners and business owners to make the necessary upgrades needed to their facility while taking advantage of low cost capital funds that they may not have had access to.
State of Michigan Grant
$100,000 for the installation retrofits of LED streetlights along Eureka Road from Roosevelt High to Biddle Avenue north to the Bacon Memorial District Library.