Michigan Proposition 3 – VOTE YES!

“Michigan is in the national spotlight when it comes to renewable energy because of this critical ballot initiative. Voters can make Michigan a leader in the clean energy sector by voting yes on Proposal 3,” said Melissa Harrison with the NRDC Action Fund in a recent press release.  “Investing in clean energy will help to make the air cleaner and protect the Great Lakes. We support Proposal 3 because investing in renewable energy will create jobs while ultimately protecting public health.

Jessica Lass, Senior Press Secretary for the Natural Resource Defense Council recently visited 723 Spring Street in Ann Arbor for a tour of the home and interview regarding the upcoming proposition 3 on Michigan’s Ballot.  I explained why I felt that  Michigan’s Prop 3 renewable energy ballot initiative will help homeowners achieve net zero energy bills for their homes.

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1st Year Solar Results

723 Spring Street just completed the first twelve months of solar photovoltaic energy generation.  The home is LEED Platinum Certified and was constructed to be extremely energy efficient with a geothermal ground source heat pump and engineered wall and roof systems.  The SunPower 8.64 kW system generated 12,711 kWhs over the first year of production and provided 44% of the of the total annual energy usage.  Based on BTU’s per square foot, 723 Spring Street uses 50% of similarly sized homes.  This annual energy reduction is the equivalent of 8 tons of carbon offset or 200 trees.   The net cost of the system was $57, 375 (invoice cost) – 15,552 (utility rebate) – $23,547 (federal tax credit) = $29,276 (net cost) or $3.39/watt.

The house also takes advantage of favorable electric usage rates for the geothermal ground source heat pump.  Total annual savings were $2,036 and the first year total utility cost was ($62).  Based on the solar PV production and electrical usage, the simple payback on the solar system was 11.3 years and the annual ROI equals 9%.

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Moving Beyond Energy Efficiency to Sustainability

Here is a great article from Michele Krueger of the NWI Times rerarding green home building and the different certifications that can be achieved.  The article references  LEED Certifications and HERS Ratings along with programs from NAHB, DOE and EPA.  These … Continue reading

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Photon Magazine

Scott Phillips and 723 Spring Street, Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home, were recently featured in the June Issue of Photon Magazine, authored by Melissa Bosworth.  The article discusses Michigans recent experience with Renewable Energy Standards (RES) legislation relative … Continue reading

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450 People Tour 723 Spring Street During Mission Zero Fest !!!

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About 450 people toured 723 Spring Street over June 9th and 10th as part of the second annual Mission Zero Fest in the Water Hill Neighborhood of Ann Arbor.  723 Spring Street is Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Home and … Continue reading

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Mission Zero Fest will educate and entertain while exploring sustainable living

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A big shout out to Bob Needham and Angela Cesere from AnnArbor.com for their WONDERFUL ARTICLE and coverage of the 2012 Mission Zero Fest taking place this Saturday and Sunday, June 9th & 10th on the 700 Block of Fountain … Continue reading

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Must See! 723 Spring Street Open to the Public June 9th & 10th

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723 Spring Street became the City of Ann Arbor’s first LEED Platinum house in 2008. This home was designed to weave into the surrounding neighborhood in style and function, while showcasing many different types of green building methods that make … Continue reading

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Mission Zero Fest Goes Net Zero

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Mission Zero Fest Goes Net Zero Mobile solar power units will provide clean, quiet solar power for this free two-day event showcasing sustainable living June 9 and 10 Ann Arbor, Mich., May 30, 2012 — Patriot Solar Group, a company … Continue reading

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Mission Zero Fest to Offer Fun for the Whole Family !!!

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From 3D chalk artwork by David Zinn and nationally acclaimed music acts to workshops on raising chickens, Mission Zero Fest promises to offer something for everyone! Join local artist David Zinn at Mission Zero Fest Saturday, June 9 between 2 … Continue reading

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This old house in Ann Arbor was cold, drafty and a real energy hog. That is, until Matt and Kelly Grocoff moved in and started finding ways to keep out the cold while reaping big-time energy savings. Check out the … Continue reading

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