KALAMAZOO, MI – At 22, Connor Field is younger than the alternative energy market, but his ambitious solar projects already have established him as a leader in the West Michigan industry.
The solar farm in Charleston Township he completed with his father, Sam, last year could produce energy throughout the young Field's life. The Fields cut, welded and drilled holes in 38,000 pounds of steel to build the 126 racks for the 756 solar panels that make up the farm, the largest of its kind in Michigan.
The array produces 150 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power more than 25 homes.
"In my mind, it's the first step toward sustainability," Field said after finishing the project. "It's a small step on a world scale. The first step always has to be small."