“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

14 Jul 2010

Photo credit: Neumann Smith, Southfield MI

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will be among the first organizations in the State to participate in Detroit Edison’s pilot SolarCurrents program (that I blogged about here). Yesterday Detroit Edison and BCBSM announced the signing of a 20-year agreement providing for a 200-kilowatt, $1 million photovoltaic system to be installed on the roof of a BCBSM four-story parking structure at the corner of Congress and Beaubien in downtown Detroit.

The solar array will cover 31,000 square feet of the 42,000 square-foot roof. It should be operational next spring after design and construction is completed. The BCBSM photovoltaic system will generate power equivalent to the amount used by about 40 homes in a year. BCBSM expects it will produce about 20% of the base power for its Lafayette campus.

In 2006, BCBSM installed a green roof on its other parking structure located at Congress and I-375 (photo above).  The project was one of the first in the country to earn LEED certification for a structure whose primary function is a parking deck.  BCBSM has clearly decided to make green practices a priority in how they do business.

Leave a Comment to ““They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.””

  1. Arthur Siegal 15. Jul, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    While it’s true that green spaces are being developed, in this instance, these parking structures are in the heart of downtown Detroit, which has been developed for over 100 years and have been there for many years. This is a positive not a negative. You might be interested in following the Michigan Brownfield Legislation which is pending in the Michigan Senate and which we’ve been blogging on. Those bills are designed to direct building projects away from greenfield spaces.

  2. Arthur Siegal 20. Jul, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    you certainly can, with attribution please

  3. Mark Lichterman 29. Jul, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    I think this is great news. The less electricity that we need to generate in coal fired plants the better off we will all be. I assume BCBSM also found it to make economic sense.

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