Solar Laundry Shows Detroit Area Spirit

Maybe we’re wrong, but is there a little buzz beginning that the Detroit area is coming back? There are signs popping up here and there. The car industry is certainly in better shape than it was a few years ago, and when you see a small operation like Big Bundle Solar Laundry starting up, well, that’s a good sign that hope and the entrepreneurial spirit still thrive despite the recent tough times.

Big Bundle is in the northeast suburb of Warren. It was founded “by Detroit locals, and sister-in-laws, Mary Fisher and Susan Payne” as “Michigan’s first solar laundry.” According to their website, eight solar thermal panels up on the roof provide hot water for the shop’s 20 washing machines, including a couple of “monster” 80-pound Speed Queens, and reduce natural gas consumption by at least 30 percent per load.

image via Mechanical Energy Systems

“Warren’s Big Bundle Solar Laundry shows how a fresh, sustainable approach can revitalize a former conventional family-owned and operated Laundromat,” say the owners, who celebrated a grand opening over the last weekend of October. “Going green and conserving energy are the primary objectives at Big Bundle Solar Laundry, all the while delivering exemplary customer service in a pleasant, clean and amiable environment.”

Mechanical Energy Systems, located in the western Metro suburb of Canton, did the solar installation, and has several photos posted on its Facebook page of the Big Bundle project going in. The one we’ve used above was taken before the wraps came off the panels.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

  • Big B

    Thanks for the great write-up! It’s much appreciated! We love to see buzz about our hot water solar system.nnThanks again,n-The Big Bundle Team