By Chris Hung
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter
In Meridian Township’s ongoing effort to become a more environmentally-friendly community, the township is investigating the solar alternative for energy production. With numbers provided by the Solar Energy Industries Association, almost 784,000 residents and businesses in the United States have switched to the usage of solar energy in some degree during the first half of 2015 alone. Meridian Township is among those considering the growing trend of alternative energy usage. In early February, David Gard, a senior consultant with 5 Lakes Energy, gave a presentation at the township’s board meeting about the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s plan to implement more solar energy options for electricity customers in the form of community solar parks. Customers will be able to lease solar panels in these parks to contribute in their energy usage.