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Clean Energy Coalition :: bridging needs. advancing change. :: Green Fleets

Clean Energy Coalition :: bridging needs. advancing change. :: Green Fleets.

Based on data drawn from an Argonne National Laboratory model, Green Fleets projects will displace at least 1.5 million gallons of petroleum per year, and more than 13 million gallons during the anticipated average 10-year equipment life cycle. The clean fuel vehicles that Green Fleets deploys won’t only displace imported petroleum; they’ll also reduce emissions of harmful compounds and greenhouse gases, such as:

  • 261,560 pounds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions annually – over 2.6 million pounds over the life cycle
  • 10,933,642 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions annually – over 109 million pounds over the life cycle
  • 156,859 pounds of particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions annually – over 1.5 million pounds over the life cycle
  • 102,611,815 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually – over 1.02 billion pounds over the life cycle
  • 2,360,232 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually – over 23.6 million pounds over the life cycle
  • Read full article here

Does solar work in Michigan? Customer video testimonial


Don’t believe us – watch our customers share their experiences with solar here in Michigan. We now have an indisputable source of real-time and historic metrics that the skeptics can’t deny anymore. Listen to our solar homeowners talk about zero utility bills and getting checks back from solar power generation.

Homeowners can Apply for Solar Energy Program through Consumers Energy « THE WMEAC BLOG

Homeowners can Apply for Solar Energy Program through Consumers Energy « THE WMEAC BLOG.

Consumers Energy is offering an opportunity to over 140 state residents, including some in Grand Rapids, to engage in a solar energy contract, as part of their Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (EARP). Eligible homeowners have until July 5 to apply to be a part of this pilot program, which is designed to highlight how renewable energy provides significant long-term savings for households. The program includes a fifteen-year contract that sets a fixed-price for electric customers to sell the output of their solar generating systems to Consumers Energy. Program candidate qualifications are the following:

  • Be a Consumers Energy customer account holder.
  • Have a satisfactory payment history on your account for the past 12 months.
  • Own or lease a solar photovoltaic system and have it installed on premises.
  • Be willing to have a separate meter installed.

EARP began in 2008 and now provides 3,250 kW of renewable energy with 1,635 kW of energy reserved for residential systems with the program’s expansion. The program expansion started in July 2011 after the Michigan Public Service Commission gave approval for Consumers Energy to expand its renewable energy options.

Other Consumers Energy renewable energy options include the Green Generation and SmartStreet technology programs. Green Generation lets customers pay a small premium on their monthly bill in order to use and support renewable energy sources. SmartStreet technology, on the other hand, collects energy usage data than can be analyzed so customers can better manage their energy usage practices.

Earth Day Solar Trolley Tour Loads of Fun!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Earth Day Solar Trolley Tour around Canton, MI this weekend.

The tour took place between 10 and 2 Saturday the 14th. We hold our earth-day before or after the actual date because there is just too many activities taking place, we don’t know how anyone can choose.

Mes Solar array

Our 5.1 kW solar electric array above our solar space heating wall.

There were a lot of families that took part this year and after a tour of the demonstration center we hopped on the bus around 11am.

Solar Tour Trolley

Everyone on the bus!

Everyone on the bus!

The tour consisted of solar pool  heating, solar water heating, solar space heating, solar photovoltaic (electricity) and natural daylighting systems.

Solar electric system

Home owner shares his experiences with his 8.28 kW system.

Back on the bus

Everyone back on the bus!

Solar Hot Water

Homeowner DIY solar hot water system, heats home and pool. Shares his Home Owners Association experience.

It was a fun tour. If enough people are interested we may do this again in October for the National Solar Tour. The weather looked ominous but cleared enough for us to be relaxed and take our time to hear their experiences and ask plenty of questions.

Join us for Earth Day Open House

Join us Saturday April 14th 10am-2pm and tour our solar showroom.

In-house we have:

  • 5.3 kW 21 panel SunPower plus Enphase micro-inverters. Watch this system live and compare to other systems around the country.
  • Two styles of solar space heating.
  • Solar water heating
  • Natural daylight office with various sized Solatubes

We also have:

  • Solar attic fans
  • Solar pool heating systems

Sign up by April 7th to ride the bus tour of local homes we have installed systems on and talk to the homeowner. Seats are limited.

Bring your energy bills and we can help you find the best system for your needs. Open to all – FREE, parking available.


Solar hot air video in snowy Michigan

A video demonstrating solar hot air system on an overcast snowy day here in Michigan. When the sun shines the system rocks, but even without direct shadow the house stays warm on this day.

We are installing ten of these systems in Oakland / Livingston county. Newer systems to add to our hundreds already in place for decades.

Solar space heating in the snowy north.

This is the system (except bigger panels 4′ x 8′) we use when retrofitting a building for solar hot air.

Green means go: How to add instant equity to your home

(Check out our solar panels and crew! – Val)

By: Matt Grocoff, Contributing Writer

What projects are the real appraisal boosters? Granite countertops? New floors? Both nice to brag about – but, as a general rule their costs outweigh the added value to the home. Investing in home energy efficiency and renewable energy helps raise a home\’s value and help it sell faster.

via Green means go: How to add instant equity to your home.

Jump Starting the Solar Economy Means Bringing Solar to Every Home, One Neighborhood at a Time

Jump Starting the Solar Economy Means Bringing Solar to Every Home, One Neighborhood at a Time.

By Daniel S. Hafetz, Esq.

Solar power, a long promoted antidote to the looming perfect storm of energy, environmental and economic crises, has been getting a drubbing in the press recently. Since Solyndra shuttered its doors in early September, many critics have asked whether the government should be “picking winners” through programs like low-interest loans to manufacturers of solar panels like Solyndra, and whether solar energy will (ever) be a source of green jobs.

Whether they are manufactured by companies in the US, Europe or China, solar panels will be a part of America’s future energy diet.  That is because the technology is a cost-effective and renewable energy source, capable of delivering direct savings to every household.

If every home in the US had a medium sized solar photovoltaic (solar pv) system on its roof, Americans could save over $140 billion annually in electricity costs.  And for each home powered by solar energy, the annual reduction in carbon emissions would be equal to taking 1.5 cars off the road per home.  Bringing solar to millions of homes would mean a jobs boost too, especially to the companies distributing and installing solar equipment.

These panels are a viable and convenient option for homeowners around the country because they are capable of generating enough electricity to cover a home’s entire electricity needs.  They are also dependable; through a program called Net Metering, available in most states, a home’s pv system hooks into the electricity grid and the owner gets a credit on his/her utility bill for the amount of electricity the system generates.

So the real question is how we can make solar power a reality for millions of Americans.  Community purchasing of solar, an innovative approach that mobilizes whole neighborhoods to go solar and cuts homeowner’s costs in the process, could bring the needed spark.  For full article.

Video of 8.3 hisoric home solar installation, Ann Arbor, MI

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