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Energy Fairs & Activities

Traverse City Regional Energy Fair

The Michigan Clean Energy Conference and Fair was in Traverse City on June 23-25. It brought together top renewable energy leaders, businesses, investors, supporters and customers from northern Michigan and across Michigan to discuss ways to expand renewable energy in Michigan.

The Confernence and Fair was a great success. We want to thank all the Sponsors of the Event. We could not have pout on this Event without their support!

The Event began on Friday, June 23 with an evening session on the "Future of Electric Mobility." Fomer Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and our own GLREA President Dave Konkle pariticpated on a Panel Discussion and discussed the current state of electric cars and future trends.

On Saturday, June 24, the Energy Conference was held at Aero Park Laboratories - Northwestern Michigan College.  This day long Conference consisted of great speeches by energy leaders and workshops discussing all aspects of renewable energy and what was needed to expand the market for renewable energy.

On Sunday, June 25, the GLREA Energy Fair was held at Aero Park Laboratories, where renewable energy businesses mingled with the general public on how renewable energy saves money by lowering high electrical costs and promoting a cleaner environment.  Workshops were held to explain how solar energy works and how renewable energy systems can be financed. 

Thanks to everyone that help organize this event especially our partner Groundwork Center for Resilient Communties. And again, thanks to our GLREA Business Members that Sponsored the Event.

If you have any feedback or suggestions on how we can do this Evnt better, please don't hesitate to contact John Freeman at Jfreeman13@comcast.net or call (313) 655-7945.


Regional Energy Fairs

Rather than holding one statewide Energy Fair every year, GLREA has decided that we will now be organizing more local regional Energy Fairs different locations in Michigan. Our first Regional Energy Fair, that we are organizing with Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, was held in Traverse City on June 23 - 25, 2017.

Stay tune for our announcement of future energy fair meetings and fairs. For more information contact John Freeman at Jfreeman13@comcast.net.

Michigan Solar Users Network

The Michigan Solar Users Network (MiSUN) is a network of solar owners who share information regarding their experience in owning solar in an effort to educate and expand solar to other homeowners and farmers. Members also discuss the various uses of solar, including hot water heaters and swimming pool solar heaters. GLREA provides support for MiSUN and is working to set up new local chapters. There are no additional membership dues for joining MiSUN.

Current chapters are operating in Ann Arbor (called A2 SUN), Lansing (LaSUN), Warren (WarrenSUN) and Ypsilanti (SolarYpsi). To join click on the MiSUN box and fill in your email address. For more information contact John Sarver at johnsarver3@gmail.com.

Michigan Solar Home and Sustainabilty Tour

American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) 21st National Solar Home Tour, the world's largest grassroots solar event, was held on October 1 in 8 Michigan communities. The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Assoc., the Michigan state chapter of ASES, assists volunteer coordinators who organize the community tours. While this year Lansing had a virtual solar tour which shared six solar stories with 28 participants, most communities had site tours of homes. Some communities had one or two homes and Ypsilanti had three dozen sites to visit.

One of the highlights of the Chelsea Area Solar Tour was the Trumpy house in Grass Lake. The Trumpy family, mom, dad and two young girls, live 100% off grid and grow over 95% of their own food. The large, beautiful home features post and beam and straw bale construction with mud based stucco finish. Electricity is supplied with a 3 kW tracker system - a dozen SunPower panels mounted 25' high on a 2 axis tracker, 60 golf cart battery storage and 8 kW inverter. There is also a 3’x6' solar thermal hot water panel system to boost hot water seasonally. Cows, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys and a large raised bed vegetable garden provide home grown food. Next year's Solar Home Tour will again be the first Saturday in October.

TEDx How Does Solar Work?

Virtual Tour Solar Ypsi

Other Regional Energy Fairs

We are in the planning stages for holding other Regional Energy Fairs, including possible events in southeast Michigan and in the Grand Rapids area. Stay tuned for more information.