Do-It-Yourself Energy Sustainability

Michigan’s only known location with a trifecta of renewable generation technologies is just six miles from campus, at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor. The church’s three systems are:

  • 72 roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels,
  • a wind turbine on a 90 foot tower, and
  • a dual-axis sun-tracking array with 10 panels.

These systems have been in operation for approximately five years, and they have produced over 90,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity for the church building.

The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor ( has a long history of commitment to environmental concerns. Its seventh principle is “respect for the interdependent web of all existence”. This principle and the church’s legacy in Ann Arbor inspired congregants to work together and fund an ongoing “Wind and Solar Energy Project”.

This talk will describe details of the design, installation, operation and maintenance of these renewable energy systems. Bring your questions on solar and wind energy in Michigan(or elsewhere).


Don Winsor, computing services manager for University of Michigan EECS department, is lead UUAA congregant for instrumentation and monitoring of the systems

Dave Friedrichs,, is lead UUAA congregant for organizing and building the systems

The video of the meeting is below

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