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Despite being home to a robust solar supply chain, Michigan accounts for just two-tenths of 1 percent of national solar deployment. A number of communities across the country have initiated "solarization" programs to accelerate solar energy use by homeowners and small businesses through competitive contractor selection, community outreach, bulk purchasing, and similar measures. The Institute for Energy Innovation will initiate such a program in Michigan, beginning with at least three communities in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan that includes Bay, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw counties. In addition to a significant increase in residential solar deployment, the result will be a replicable model for use in other communities across Michigan.
Local government officials and other local leaders across Michigan are implementing clean energy projects and programs that save money and offer social and environmental benefits. The Michigan Green Communities Network, a project of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation, seeks to connect such local leaders and support their work through training, education, and communications. With partial support from Mott, the network will continue to promote the adoption of clean energy and expand network member participation.
Established in 1970, the Ecology Center works locally, statewide and nationally on a range of issues including clean energy, toxic-free materials, and sustainable food systems. With this grant, the Ecology Center will work with K-12 schools across Michigan to reduce energy use, adopt renewable energy systems, and integrate energy issues into related curriculum. The center will do so by strengthening and expanding an existing network of 67 schools, developing pilot projects in up to four schools, and exploring ways to evolve the work into a self-sustaining, social enterprise.
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