The Seebaldt Pilot
The Seebaldt Pilot
The Seebaldt Pilot

The Seebaldt Pilot



Secure, Stablize, Sustainably Grow 48204!

Awarded:: Seed Funds, TA Voucher, Participant

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Team Lead
Constance Bodurow
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Project Description

Project / Program Description

The Seebaldt Pilot (TSP) will implement a Net Zero Energy (NZE) district in Detroit/48204 serving Low and Moderate Income (LMI) households. Through a 4-year partnership between studio[Ci] and It Starts at Home (IS@H), 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 in the study area - for solar and geothermal energy generation and water management. TSP goals include:
•    Stabilization and Sustainability of Land and Housing Infrastructure;
•    Reduction of Energy Costs and Energy Waste;
•    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 75 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, our intent is to scale and replicate across the entire district: 11,000 households and 28,000 residents of 48204!

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Project Updates

TSP Team has completed our first milestone (site acquisition/permitting), and we have recently completed from our initial planning and design activities. We have identified our study area, LMI Households to be served, secured our sites, and are moving past prototyping into testing and monitoring of HnZE Canopies. We are also advancing our goal of renovation and weatherization of 11 additional homes in our study area. 

We are now focusing on our second milestone: financing our 100kW system, and welcome inquiries from the TA Marketplace from those with proven expertise in community solar customer acquisition, project design/engineering, financial and operating models, and legal, regulatory and policy matters. 

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