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GLREA Announces New Executive Director

At the December 3, 2016 Annual Meeting, GLREA Board President Dave Konkle of announced that John Freeman will resign from the Board of Directors and become the new Executive Director. John is an attorney and former Michigan State Representative. He served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1993 to 1998 representing Royal Oak, Madison Heights and Hazel Park. John left the Legislature because of term limits.

Since 2013, John has been working with Homeland Solar as Projects and Outreach Director to install solar energy systems for homeowners, farmers and businesses. In 2014 John was elected to the Board of Directors of GLREA. John will work with and on behalf of GLREA business and individual members to educate, promote and expand renewable energy throughout Michigan.

2017 Michigan Solar Home and Sustainability Tour

The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association is pleased to announce the 2017 Michigan Solar Home and Sustainability Tour on October 7th or otherwise indicated below. Now in its 22nd year, this Event offers an opportunity for people not familiar with solar but potentially interested, to tour homes with solar to see how a solar energy system and energy efficiency meaasures, can reduce monthly utility bills, lessen our dependence on carbon based fuel and prevent climate change.

The Michigan Solar Home Tour is a part of the national solar home tour event orgnaized by the American Solar Energy Society. More than 150,000 participants will visit some 5,000 homes ans buildings across the United States.

Tours are being planned for eight communities in Michigan. All events are free to attend!

Ann Arbor - Saturday, Oct 14th. Go to www.AnnArborSolarTour.org for tour sites. Contact Karen Watanabe for more info KareneWatanabe@gmail.com

Chelsea - Tour starts at Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main. Contact Cary Church for more info cshurch@comcast.net

Commerce Twp - Visit a 100% solar energy home at 509 Sherbrooke St, Commerce. Contact Mark Hagerty for more info Mhagerty@michigansolarsolutions.com and visit a home featured by Sheri Margolis on FOX 2 News at 4522 Racewood Dr, Commerce. Contact Don King for more info 313 820-4526.

Clarkston - Visit a home that has solar and the all new LG Chem and STORedge battery. 8221 Foster Rd, Clarkston. Contact Jessie Smith for more info 734 478-8708

Detroit - www.detroitgreenmap.com/DetSolarTour Contact Ben Dueweke for more info duewekeb@gmail.com

Fowlerville - Saturday Oct. 14 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Home and business tour; solar, wind, biomass, rainwater collection and organic farming. 10192 Sargent Rd, Fowlerville. Contact Tom Reinke for more info selfreliantenergy@yahoo.com 517 256-2322

Grand Rapids - Contact Mike Linsea for more info solarmike@mei.net 269 664-8000

Mid-Michigan - Visit a "net zero" energy building at 11780 NW Monroe St in Riverdale, MI. Contact Mark Hagerty for more info Mhagerty@michigansolarsolutions.com

Ypsilanti - Visit up to 36 homes within Ypsilanti. Contact Dave Strenski for more info Dave@strenski.com 734 383-9077

Thank you to our GLREA Solar Home Tour Sponsors:

Art Toy - Four Elements Energy www.fourelements-energy.com

Mark Haggerty - MI Solar Solutions www.michigansolarsolutions.com

TJ Kanczuzewski - Inovateus Solar www.inovateussolar.com

Don King - Solar King www.solarkingmi.com

Mike & Roz Linsea - Solar Winds www.thesolarwinds.com

If you have any questions please contact John Freeman at Jfreeman13@comcast.net.

Michigan PSC has Begun the Process of Determining the Distributive Energy Tariff

The Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) held its first meeting of stakeholders on March 22 in Lansing to begin the yearlong process of studying and ultimately determining the amount of the so called ‘distributive energy tariff.’ The Public Service Commission was ordered to conduct this process by the Michigan State Legislature in Public Act 341 and 342 that were enacted in December 2016.

The key determination of this process is to decide whether renewable energy users are paying their fair share to maintain the ‘grid’ or network of electrical wires that distribute electricity, or not. This ‘distributive energy tariff’ is very important to the future of renewable energy in Michigan. If this tariff is set high it could undermine the economics of installing a solar or wind system. But if the benefits of solar and wind energy are appropriately valued, the tariff could be a very modest amount and it will facilitate the continued expansion of renewable in Michigan, which means more jobs will be created, less expensive electricity is generated and a cleaner environment will be developed.

GLREA will be an active participant in this PSC process and will keep you posted on developments. But if any Member would like to be added to the email distribution list that the PSC has orgnaized to send out notices and materials, just contact John Freeman at Jfreeman13@comcast.net.

GLREA Annual Membership Drive

Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association is launching its annual Membership Drive. For GLREA to carry out its mission of expanding renewable enegy in Michigan, we need all supporters to become a member. This organization is only as strong as its membership so we need all current members to renew their dues between now and December and the dues will cover the 2018 year. We also want past members and new people to join the organization.  Your dues money provides the funds for staff and for putting on events and activities. Please go to the membership link on this website and renew your dues or sign up as a member for the first time. Dues are tax deductible. If you have any questions please contact John Freeman Jfreeman13@comcast.net or call at 313 655-7945. Thank-you!