SolSmart Designees


SolSmart Gold
Population: 20,171
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2017
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Located about 38 miles east of Detroit, Ypsilanti, Michigan, is famous for “Rosie the Riveter” building B24 bombers for World War II and the city’s parts suppliers feeding the automotive industry. Today, as a post-industrial city, Ypsilanti is revitalizing its economy by becoming a solar destination. In April 2017, Ypsilanti earned a SolSmart Gold award, signaling to solar companies that the city is “open for solar business.”

Ypsilanti is proud of our work in creating a solar friendly environment. In 2017 the City of Ypsilanti was given a SolSmart Gold designation from the Solar Foundation, which has highlighted our solar progress going from zero to over 1.2MW of solar power in the past 14 years. Being the first SolSmart award in Michigan helps us continue our mission of a 1000 solar roofs and bringing solar power to non-profits and low income people.
- Beth C Bashert, Mayor of Ypsilanti