Saginaw is using solar panel technology on the roof of its Public Services building. The technology also incorporates some local businesses.
The city is participating in a renewable energy program through Consumers Energy. Consumers will purchase energy generated by Saginaw's 96 panels for up to 15 years.
"The energy produced by the solar energy system is expected to equal up to 10 percent of the building's total current energy use," said Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley.
Nexteer Automotive, Dow Corning, The Dow Chemical Company and Hemlock Semiconductor are all part of the supply chain needed to make the solar technology possible.
Solar panels used by Saginaw contain polycrystalline silicon from Hemlock Semiconductor for its 20 kilowatt array.
"In the process we are supporting regional companies that develop key products and services," said Earley.
Saginaw will also install a smaller display next to city hall with a new tracker system from SunSteer, it was developed at Nexteer Automotive's world headquarters.
Saginaw Future is administering a $100,000 loan from Saginaw County to fund part of the city's solar project.
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