City of Ann Arbor Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Resilience Hub at Northside Community Center

. September 18, 2020.
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The city of Ann Arbor is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the installation of their 23kw solar system at the Northside Community Center. The system is part of Ann Arbor’s A2ZERO Carbon Neutrality Plan.

The City of Ann Arbor is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 18 at 3pm to celebrate the launch of the city’s first resilience hub at Northside Community Center. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at Northside Community center and will include remarks form Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor and Derrick Miller, executive director of Community Action Network. This is the first building to be a solar-powered, climate resilience hub.

The Northside Community Center and Resilience Hub features a 23kw solar system that includes both rooftop and ground-mounted solar, two lithium-ion batteries, and an informational kiosk that displays details about the system. Once operational, the system will provide nearly 100% of the electrical needs for the center, and the batteries will provide up to three days of power in the case of a power outage. Northside Community Center serves as the administrative building for the Community Action Network as well as a local community center where local food distribution and other services and activities take place. For those interested, tours of the facility so long as individuals are wearing masks and practicing appropriate social distancing. 

The work for this project was funded through a grant provided by the Solar Moonshot Program, funded by Left Coast Fund and managed by Hammond Climate Solutions along with support from the city through a Sustaining Ann Arbor Together Grant. This project is part of the city’s unanimously adopted A2ZERO Carbon Neutrality Plan, which outlines a path for how the entire Ann Arbor community can achieve a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality by the year 2030.

From November 2019 until March 2020, the City of Ann Arbor, in collaboration with more than 65 partner organizations, hosted dozen of public events, conducted online public engagement, worked with four technical advisory committees, administered three public surveys, reviewed dozens of peer reviewed and technical documents, and consulted with peers around the nation to develop the A2ZERO Carbon Neutrality PLan, which was unanimously adopted by City Council on Jun 1, 2020. To learn more about the city’s carbon neutrality work, visit here.

Northside Community Center. 809 Taylor St., Ann Arbor. 734-994-2985. canwashtenaw.org.

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