The Seebaldt Pilot

The Seebaldt Pilot


The Seebaldt Pilot (TSP) is one of 35 nationwide Solar in Your Community projects selected for full funding and technical assistance by the DoE SunShot initiative. TSP will implement a Net Zero Energy (NZE) district in Detroit/48204 serving Low and Moderate Income (LMI) households. Through a 3 year partnership between studio[Ci] and It Starts at Home, we first created a consensus neighborhood vision to “secure, stabilize and sustainably grow” 48204. The HEIRS Strategic Neighborhood Design Framework addresses infrastructure (energy, water, food, waste, and mobility) and renewable systems (workforce development, empowerment, education, culture, economic development). Eventually, the 48204 NZE district will be anchored by a Community Center providing needed services as the “seed” or epicenter of a larger NZE infrastructure and collectively owned distributed generation system.

The Seebaldt Pilot is based on acquisition and use of concentrations of vacant parcels along Maplewood, Ironwood, and Beechwood – the “Energy Avenues” – for solar and geothermal energy generation and water management. TSP goals include:

• Stabilization and Sustainability of Land and Housing Infrastructure;
• Reduction of Energy Costs;
• Water management;
• Food Production;
• Waste Reduction;
• Public Realm and Mobility Enhancements.

Our initial focus for TSP (2017-2018) is on Seebaldt Street between Firwood and Beechwood (and the 25 HHs and LMI residents living there!) as pilot beneficiaries for energy efficiency programs, subsidies, and energy generated from our unique “roofless solar” HNZE canopy infrastructure, which also creates a new public realm for 48204 and supports renewable systems for education, workforce development, culture, economic development, empowerment, and food systems. TSP/HNZE will also support rainwater collection for irrigation and other non-potable uses, and stormwater mitigation along Seebaldt and its N-S Alleyways. Once tested and proven at the “one block” 100 kW scale, the plan is to scale and replicate across the entire 48204 district.


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