DCG

The Dewitt Creativity Group is a united effort on behalf of the creatively-minded students at DHS to ensure continued innovation and expression in all forms.

Proposal for Solar Panel Installation at DPS

 The DeWitt Creativity Group is proud to assist DeWitt High School students Addie Henning and Elena DeLaCruz with their work in getting multiple solar panel arrays installed on several buildings thoughout the DeWitt Public School district. The students have attended multiple events centered on on alternative energy, specifically solar power at West Bloomfield High School (thanks to the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association). Additionally, a partnership has been formed with Consumers Energy and Lansing Board of Water and Light to teach students how to conduct energy audits for district facilities. Currently, the solar panel proposal is being considered by the DPS Board for approval. Many thanks to DHS teacher Fred Hingst and ChartHouse Energy in helping to support/lead this effort.

The following is a copy of the proposal:

DeWitt Schools Solar Energy Proposal

Chart House Energy (CHE) is excited for the opportunity to partner with DeWitt Schools in
pursuing the installation and implementation of a solar energy production array at five
educational facilities. The project would include the Early Childhood Center, two Elementary
Schools, Middle School, and High School. Solar PV projects provide power for the building,
offsetting both energy usage and some peak power usage. The system consists of solar panels,
non-penetrating racking, inverters, and wiring. They can also include roof membrane (solar
platform), and electrical infrastructure related to the installation of the system. The proposed
system details are:


• 1.3MW rooftop solar energy system utilizing 3,707 solar panels.
• The total investment to be made by Chart House Energy is $3,366,856.
• Annual energy savings for DeWitt Schools in excess of $20,000 per year.
• Clean, renewable solar energy will provide 43% of DeWitt Schools electricity at
these 5 locations.
• Training for DeWitt Schools students to help with project installation and system
operations.
• Environmental stewardship marketing to surrounding communities, schools, and
state representatives.
• CHE designs, builds, installs, owns, monetizes the tax benefits, operates and
maintains the roof and solar system. All panels and parts will be American-made and
Michigan-made where possible. All engineering and labor will come from Michigan
and be as local as possible.
• A solar installation will demonstrate DeWitt Schools’ dedication to community and
clean, renewable solar energy.
• In this option DeWitt Schools has no responsibility for operations and maintenance of
the solar system and if there ever is a need to maintain the roof CHE will remove panels at no cost.