The Seebaldt Pilot, Detroit MI

Ann Donner Consulting is pleased to be a member of a multi-sector team, led by studio[Ci] and the community organization, It Starts at Home 48204, that received a national grant from the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, Solar in Your Community Challenge, for a sustainable community building project, The Seebaldt Pilot (TSP). Located in Detroit’s 48204 community, TSP was chosen as one of 48 teams in 23 states and Washington D.C. to win $50,000 with the possibility of additional funding if all goals to support Low and Moderate Income (LMI) households are met.

The primary objective is to deliver the energy infrastructure to reach at least 50% LMI households, on one block, with 100kW by the end of 2018, then expand the project to the rest of 48204.  If TSP is successful in demonstrating a replicable and scalable model for low-income solar, the project could win the SunShot Challenge $500,000 Grand Prize. Teams are evaluated based on their innovation, impact, expertise, team composition, plan, and progress over the course of the 18-month performance period that started in May 2017.

The first step is to construct a Hybridized Net Zero Energy (HNZE) Canopy prototype that will provide solar electricity to two homes and collect rainwater for garden irrigation.  The HNZE solar/water harvesting prototype will provide critical data to inform and advance the TSP to the next phase of development.

The long-term vision is to create a sustainable future for the 48204 community that incorporates a unique solar technology creating an energy cooperative to deliver energy, education, and empowerment to LMI residents and implement a Net Zero Energy (NZE) district. TSP is part of a larger strategic neighborhood vision to leverage and deploy publicly owned, vacant properties to provide energy, water, food/waste, and mobility infrastructure which will support renewable systems of workforce development, education, economic development, culture and empowerment for youth and adults.

Project Update: The Seebaldt Pilot’s comprehensive, sustainable community plan was recently awarded the First Place prize for North America from the LefargeHolcom Foundation. The international Awards competition recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented concepts – and is the most significant global competition for sustainable design.

Project Video from the LefargeHolcim Foundation Awards

Rendering of The Seebaldt Pilot
It Starts At Home 48204 founders Darrel West, Will Bright and David Cross at June Seebaldt community event.


Community Investment Tax Credit Evaluation

Ann Donner Consulting in collaboration with Next Street was engaged by the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Boston LISC to conduct an evaluation of the Massachusetts Community Investment Tax Credit Program.   The program is designed to support high-impact community-led economic development initiatives through a strategic, market-based approach that leverages private contributions and builds strong local partnerships.  The report was released at a public presentation and panel discussion this past December.

Evaluation of the Community Investment Tax Credit Executive Summary