Grant Program Overview
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 is hoping to begin the transformation of the community to a clean energy future through the education and understanding of renewable and energy efficiency technologies.
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.
- Energy Audit Program – This was a large endeavor to reach out to as many homes as possible to provide a Free Home Energy Audit and energy efficiency products. Many homeowners then had the opportunity to follow through with recommended upgrades and be rewarded with incentives and rebates.
- 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.
Energy Audit Program
The Save A Watt in Wyandotte Energy Audit Program has been running now since May 2011 and has been a tremendous success. Wyandotte residents and business owners should be proud of the advancement in energy efficiency that they have contributed to our community.
- Over 3000 Energy Audits have been performed. Customers can sign up online at saveawattwyandotte.com or call 1.855.674.9926.
- Over 500 residents have chosen to take further action and have advanced energy saving measures performed contributing over 1.7 million to the local economy.
- Over 65 residents have taken advantage of the 1.99% APR low interest loans through the Michigan Saves program.
The current program consists of having an independent Energy Advisor and a program participating contractor come to your home for a walk through audit where they will talk to you and perform various checks and tests. A written report is given to the homeowner with suggestions and recommendations for do-it-yourself and contractor performed energy saving measures.
History of LED/CFL Program – The beginning of the
Save a Watt in Wyandotte programs
- WMS wanted our community to “Save A Watt” by installing 100,000 Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) in our homes and businesses!
- WMS received a grant from the State of Michigan Public Services Commission to undertake a pilot project to distribute 100,000 CFLs throughout Wyandotte. The goal was to reduce WMS energy load by 1-3%.
- The key to this energy reduction was for everyone to change out incandescent for CFL bulbs and not wait for the incandescent bulbs to burn out. There are too many benefits of installing CFL bulbs to wait!
- 80,000 coupons were given out in 3 months – a huge success!
- The program has now transitioned to distribution of LED light bulbs with success continuing to grow.
Did you help us “Save a Watt in Wyandotte”?