Traverse City Commissioners Approve Solar Garden Deal

Monday night Traverse City Commissioners made a decision to take another step toward meeting their big renewable energy goal.

Commissioners already approved a resolution for all city buildings to run 100% off of renewable energy by 2020.

So Monday night they approved a deal with Heritage Sustainable Energy for a new solar garden next to their wind turbine on M-72.

The deal would cost the city around $25,000 a year for 20 years.

It won’t get them to 100%, but it’s a step in the right direction.

City manager Marty Colburn says, “This is working towards the city commission’s goal of 100% renewable and basically to be able to demonstrate that we’re not only reducing the carbon footprint of the city but trying to encourage the use of renewable energy.”

Heritage Sustainable Energy plans to break ground on the solar garden this month.