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Plan has Eaton Rapids Landfill Getting Makeover into Solar Farm

Lansing State Journal (May 2013)

HAMLIN TWP. — Can a 30-acre blight become a city asset? A recent move by Eaton Rapids city officials to lease a long-abandoned landfill for the creation of a new solar farm may prove that it can.

By the end of this summer the city-owned property in Hamlin Township that hasn’t been an active city landfill since the 1970s could be home to a solar farm, where panels convert sunlight into electricity. It would be operated by Kalamazoo-based company Helios Solar LLC.
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Solar panels planned for roof of People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo by August

Kalamazoo Gazette (April 2013)

KALAMAZOO, MI – The People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo plans to invest $100,000 to install solar panels on its rooftop during the summer.

Chris Dilley, general manager of the 43-year-old cooperative, announced that the store continues to be among the fasted growing in the nation, according to the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and plans to install the solar panels during the annual meeting on April 12.
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How One Undergrad Built the Largest Solar Farm in Michigan

Ars Technica (August 2011)

Building a solar farm isn't hard if you have the money; you just pay contractors to show up, install electrical service, build the solar panel support infrastructure, and truck in the panels. But if you want to do it cheap, you could buy some land from a friend and set up your own fabrication shop, spending an entire summer welding together 50,000 pounds of structural steel and pouring concrete around 20,000 pounds of rebar to save serious cash on the infrastructure.

Connor Field, a Michigan resident who built the largest solar farm in the state this way in late 2009, said drily, "I would not do that again."

"Do you know how to weld?" I asked him when we met recently in Ann Arbor to discuss the project.

"I do now."
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Galesburg Solar Farm is Largest Solar Project in the State

Detroit Free Press (January 2010)

GALESBURG, Mich. (DETROIT FREE PRESS) -- It might sound like a field of dreams, but Sam Field and his son Connor Field hope their new solar farm will soon bring a burst of sunshine-generated electricity to Michigan and a return on their million-dollar investment.

With two friends, the Fields built the 700-panel solar array from scratch, even digging the trenches. Currently, it's the biggest solar project in the state, providing enough electricity to Consumers Energy to power 20 to 25 homes.
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Thought Leader in Energy Connor Field:
Here comes the Sun

Kalamazoo Gazette (May 2010)

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."
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Connor Field - Growing Energy on a Solar Farm

University of Michigan (April 2011)

Connor Field, his family, and best friend have been "growing" the latest in modern commodities – energy, at their solar energy farm in Charleston Township, Michigan. It's the largest of its kind in Michigan, and Connor is already known as a leader in the West Michigan industry.

In early 2009, Connor was working to complete his bachelor's degree in Economics from U-M. He was also working with his father, attorney Sam Field, on an out-of-state wind energy project. When his father learned at a wind conference that Consumer's Energy was going to offer a feed-in-tariff program, in which the utility company agrees to buy renewable energy at a fixed price, they decided to build the largest project allowed under the rules of the program, a 150kW array.
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A Harvest of Sunshine

Secondwave Media (April 2010)

Anyone who thinks of Michigan as a land of ice and snow may be surprised to learn even in sun-starved winter there's enough sunshine to produce solar energy.

To capture that energy, a father and son team has built a 1.5 acre solar energy farm, called a solar array, between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

As you walk the property, it's an other-worldly sight and it was quite a gamble economically -- think around $1 million, out of private pockets.
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