DEARBORN — The city will launch the nation’s first Adopt-A-Watt program, an evergy saving initiative, at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 in the east parking structure on West Village Drive.
The launch will recognize the program’s charter sponsors for their “adoption” of new, energy-efficient lights in the structure. Sponsors’ pledges pay for the lights as well as their installation within the first year of operation.
In subsequent years, the program is anticipated to support the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and, as resources allow, the conversion to electric vehicles, said officials at Royal Oak-based Adopt-A-Watt Inc, which is running the program.
The public and private partnership will allow the city to move forward with energy saving programs without a cost to taxpayers.
Collectively, sponsors contribution will save the city 612,512 kilowatt-hours in electricity costs and thousands of dollars more in fewer lamp replacements, officials said. Their combined action also will eliminate the burning of an estimated 128 tons of coal.
Sponsors’ names and logos, prominently displayed on signage throughout the parking structures, will provide year-round recognition of their participation and community support.
Dearborn’s program, has attracted community support from individuals, non-profits, foundations and business. Of its 27 sponsors, the top are: Auto Tech Clinic, Central Michigan University – Dearborn campus, Oakwood Healthcare, Nickel and Saph Inc., Roma Bakery, and Severstal North America.
Sponsorships are available. For information, call 866-643-5724 or go to www.adopt-a-watt.com.