Srinergy Installs Solar Roof-Mounts in Michigan Condominium Community

Residents of Great Oak Cohousing in Ann Arbor, Mich., are recognized for building a strong sense of community through shared resources and civic mindedness. With the recent installation of roof-mounted solar panels on nine of 37 condominiums in this close-knit community, homeowners are also demonstrating their commitment to conserving energy and protecting the environment.

246513_Twooftherooftopinstallations“During the past few years, we’ve researched various solar options,” said Elph Morgan, Great Oak resident who was involved in the community’s design and construction more than 10 years ago and helped to spearhead the solar installations. “A friend, who works for the non-profit EcoWorks, introduced us to Srinergy and its President Prasad Gullapalli. Srinergy’s team did an excellent job helping us through the entire process that included design, engineering, and installation.”

Headquartered in Novi, Mich., Srinergy is a full service provider of solar energy solutions with sales, design and engineering capabilities available for residential, commercial and non-profit organizations throughout the United States.

“We worked with each of the homeowners to design and install systems that met their budget and energy savings’ needs,” said Gullapalli. Each condominium has its own meter and inverter box that show how much energy is being saved. Residents also have access to a web login to track real-time energy savings.

Condominium owners at Great Oak selected from a variety of financing options though several elected to take advantage of the Michigan Saves’ Home Energy Loan program that provides affordable financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements.

Depending on the number of solar panels used, Great Oak condominium installations ranged from 10 to 12 thousand dollars per unit. Morgan estimates that each family will experience a utility savings of 50 to 75 dollars each month.

According to Gullapalli, the solar installations are warranted for 25 years though are expected to perform even longer. The nine systems at Great Oak are expected to make a 25-year environmental contribution by the community that is equal to the planting of 93 acres of forest.

To showcase the new solar installations, Srinergy is inviting the public to a “Community Solar Open House” in partnership with Great Oak Cohousing on Saturday, May 24, 2014. The event will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the community’s Common House located at 500 Little Lake Drive in Ann Arbor.

Srinergy team members will be on hand to answer questions about solar energy solutions, and walking tours will be available every 30 minutes. Visitors are also welcome to talk with community members about their projects. Light refreshments will be served.

Morgan added, “With the growing interest in co-housing, we’re also very pleased to talk with visitors about how residents of all ages at Great Oak work to create an inviting neighborhood with diverse talents and shared resources.”

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