Community-driven Detroit neighborhood solar pilot wins 3rd Place in the international competition

Community-driven Detroit neighborhood solar pilot wins 3rd Place in the international competition

• Representatives from Switzerland of competition to visit Detroit on Saturday, July 14th to present an award to winning team at a project site in Tireman/96 Neighborhood

The Seebaldt Pilot, following their LafargeHolcim Foundation Awards Gold 2017 North America, was chosen by the 2018 global awards jury to receive an additional prize: Global LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze for sustainable construction projects.

Members of the media are encouraged to cover this positive story for the Tireman/96 neighborhood.

When: Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 11am-3pm (Program and remarks expected at 1:00 pm).
Location: 5005 Seebaldt Street, Detroit, 48204.

Join us for this midday event featuring food, soft drinks, music, games, prizes, TSP project overview, and fun for all ages! Street parking available.

About the Award Winning Project
The community-driven neighborhood planning project introduces multifunctional canopies on several empty plots of land to produce solar power for the houses in Seebaldt Street and collect rainwater for urban gardening projects.
A first small-scale prototype canopy has been installed to demonstrate the positive effect of solar power and to familiarize local residents with the idea behind it. The solar panels will supply 33 houses on 40 plots of land along Seebaldt Street with electricity at lower cost.

By increasing the quality of life, the project aims to trigger interest in renting or buying vacant houses that will contribute to rejuvenating the area. In a later phase of the project, a former schoolhouse along the street is to be converted into a local community center. The project’s long-term vision is to create a fully functional, cooperatively owned “micro-grid” that will deliver both reduced energy and water costs and a revenue stream for community services, initiatives, and investments within an enhanced public realm.

You will find updates including photos and videos at:
https://www.lafargeholcim-foundation.org/projects/grassroots-microgrid

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