(October 30, 2020 10:11 AM) Thursday, Jackson Downtown Partners, developers of The 200, hosted a ceremony celebrating the installation of a rooftop solar array and the completion of the new next-generation commercial mixed-use residential building. The first residents of Downtown Jackson’s newest apartment building will begin moving in at the start of December.
The 200, at 200 North Jackson Street, anchors the first-of-its kind Jackson Smart Energy District. Consumers Energy topped the four-story complex with a solar array that will support The 200’s innovative energy management technology platform, part of Consumers Energy’s commitment to earn Jackson a preeminent position on the national map for energy leadership. The 200 incorporated innovations throughout the complex in Downtown Jackson to serve as a showcase for solutions that will assist Consumers Energy in the realization of its goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.
“Consumers Energy is thrilled to help bring the sustainable, renewable energy vision of our Smart Energy District to life with the example The 200 is setting,” said Patti Poppe, President and CEO of Consumers Energy. “We expect this project and many more will help our Smart Energy District provide the gold standard for the Midwest and the energy industry.”
The 200 was designed and built, utilizing Consumers Energy strategies aimed at achieving energy savings for the building and each apartment resident, CO2 emissions reduction, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their consequences of their impacts. The LEED framework served as the blueprint for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. THE 200 embraced LEED principles which are categorized in five basic areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.
William Deary of Jackson Downtown Partners said The 200 developers and Consumers Energy have worked together since the building’s design stage to integrate the latest in clean energy solutions, including a rooftop solar array, energy storage, electric vehicle chargers, smart thermostats and smart water heater devices.
“Simultaneously orchestrating these solutions at The 200 building to optimize the building’s overall demand will help Consumers Energy study how to maximize benefits to residents and the entire grid and provide enhanced resiliency,” said Deary.
Deary has worked with Consumers Energy leadership in the encouragement of their hometown to become the clean energy capital of the country. Jackson was honored for the third time in three years for its work to reduce energy waste as measured by the ENERGY STAR® Certified Program. This year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that in 2019 Jackson was the number one most ENERGY Star-certified Small City in the nation.
Speakers at the Thursday morning event included John Waldron, President of County National Bank, Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies, and Paul Gruber, representing Consumers Energy.
Members of Jackson Young Professionals assisted with the christening of the solar array with the traditional Champagne bottle and a confetti cannon launch.