solar power en BWL looks to solar energy <p>The Lansing Board of Water and Light wants to build Michigan’s largest solar power facility.</p><p></p><p>BWL officials say they want to contract with companies or organizations to build a solar power facility to generate up to five megawatts of electricity. Altogether the project could potentially be five times bigger than the next largest solar array in the state.</p><p></p><p>BWL’s proposal is a little vague on specifics, including where a facility would be located.</p><p></p><p>A utility spokesman says the project could provide enough electricity to power 2500 homes.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:43:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 17895 at BWL looks to solar energy Solar power in the not-so-sunny UP <p>When we think solar power and solar panels, what comes to mind?&nbsp;</p><p>The sun, of course. So what are the prospects for solar power in areas that tend to be cloudy, snowy, and cold? Places with short days and long nights? Places like Michigan's Upper Peninsula?</p><p>Upper Peninsula Second Wave writer Sam Eggleston&nbsp;joins us from Marquette to discuss what might happen when solar power meets the UP.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp; Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:11:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 16475 at Solar power in the not-so-sunny UP Two stories of Michigan solar power ambitions <p>First up, a Michigan man who’s trying to win millions of dollars with solar power.</p><p>He’s trying to put solar panels on as many Michigan homes and businesses as he possibly can.</p><p>Prasad Gullapalli’s Novi-based Srinergy wants you to invest in solar panels – for your home, for your business – doesn’t matter. He’s <a href="">looking for anybody in Michigan to go solar</a>.</p><p>He’s making the offer with no upfront costs.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16203 at Two stories of Michigan solar power ambitions Michigan Tech tests if solar power works up North <p>HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) - Researchers at Michigan Technological University are trying to figure out if solar power generation that works in the sunny South can function in the snowy North.<br /><br />A two-year-study underway at the Houghton school's Keweenaw Research Center seeks to measure how snow affects solar panels' power generation.<br /><br />The international engineering company DNV GL is helping underwrite the project. Michigan Tech spokeswoman Marcia Goodrich says the company specializes in "large energy and sustainability related projects."<br /> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 19:13:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15315 at Michigan Tech tests if solar power works up North How much solar energy does it take to cross Australia? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cars running on solar energy might not be in every driveway in the country, but a group of students at the University of Michigan are helping keep the solar power dream alive.</span></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:46:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 14723 at How much solar energy does it take to cross Australia? Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater marquee to run on sun power <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Ann Arbor's historic Michigan Theater is going solar. Or at least its marquee is.<br><br>The Ann Arbor News reports that the solar energy installation marks the first renewable energy project by XSeed Energy. The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America Cities program provided initial funding for XSeed.<br><br>The project is expected to generate enough electricity to power the marquee when light-emitting diode lamps are installed. The LEDs will replace incandescent bulbs and should use up to 95 percent less energy.<br> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:18:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14425 at Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater marquee to run on sun power 25 x '25: Creating a new renewable energy standard for Michigan <p>The <a href="">Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs</a> coalition wants to increase the state&rsquo;s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025.</p><p>That would mean that a quarter of all the energy used in Michigan would come from <a href="">renewable sources</a> like the wind and sun.</p><p>The coalition is trying to collect enough signatures to<a href=""> put the issue before voters</a> in November. They&#39;ll need to collect a minimum of 322,609 valid signatures by July 9th, 2012. Organizers say their goal is to turn in 500,000 signatures.</p><p>And, interestingly enough, the proposal is getting support from both Democrats and Republicans.</p><p>Steve Linder is President of <a href="">Sterling Corporation</a>, a Republican consulting firm. He says his organization is behind the proposal for business reasons. &ldquo;While we don&rsquo;t like government mandates, this allows us to use manufacturing capacity in Michigan rather than bringing in $1.6 billion worth of coal from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. So, this is really a business to business ballot initiative and we are very comfortable in making the business and economic case that this keeps dollars in our state and it keeps us at the cutting age of new types of manufacturing technology,&rdquo; Linder says.</p><p>Mark Fisk, a Democrat, is co-partner of <a href="">Byrum &amp; Fisk</a>, a political consulting firm. He says he&rsquo;s working on behalf of the initiative because of the jobs it&rsquo;ll bring to the state and the environmental benefits of renewable energy. &ldquo;This initiative will create thousands of new Michigan jobs and help boost Michigan&rsquo;s economy by building a clean energy industry right here in our state. And, it gives Michigan cleaner and healthier air and water. It&rsquo;ll protect our Great Lakes, reduce asthma and lung disease, and ultimately save lives,&rdquo; Fisk says. Tue, 22 May 2012 10:39:41 +0000 Zoe Clark 7559 at 25 x '25: Creating a new renewable energy standard for Michigan Consumers Energy to expand solar energy program <p>Consumers Energy is expanding a very popular solar energy program in Michigan. The program allows people with solar panels on their homes or businesses to sell some of the power they generate to the power company.&nbsp;</p><p>State regulators are directing the utility giant to expand the program.</p><p>Consumers Energy will double the amount of power it will pay people for. All utility providers in Michigan are investing in more renewable energy. State law requires them to get at least 10% of their power from renewable sources by 2015.</p> Tue, 17 May 2011 14:54:28 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2530 at Enviros want to replace Ohio nuclear plant with wind, solar energy <p>A <a href="">coalition of environmental groups</a> wants to stop a nuclear power plant in Ohio from renewing its license.</p><p>The operating license for the <a href="">Davis Besse Nuclear Power Plant</a> in Ohio runs out in 2017. By that point, the plant will be 40 years old. First Energy, the company that owns the plant, wants to renew the license for another twenty years.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the last thing Michael Keegan wants. He&rsquo;s with the environmental group, <a href="">Don&rsquo;t Waste Michigan</a>. Keegan and others went before a panel to challenge the license renewal:</p><p>&quot;We have solar, wind and in combination we have replacement power available now which can be put in place prior to 2017.&quot;</p><p>Reporter Tom Henry with the <a href="">Toledo Blade</a> was at the proceeding and filed a story. Here&#39;s an excerpt:</p><blockquote><p>The first half of the proceeding was focused on projections for wind power, solar power, and a combination of the two as possible offsets for nuclear power. The afternoon was devoted to a FirstEnergy document known as a Severe Accident Mitigation Analysis, one in which utilities are obligated to show how they would respond to dangerous nuclear scenarios.</p><p>Arguments in favor of renewables appear to rely on the viability of harnessing wind, solar, and other sources for later use through a technology known as compressed air energy storage, judges said. [Adam] Polonsky [of Washington-based Morgan Lewis Counselors at Law, which has represented FirstEnergy on nuclear issues for years]&nbsp; conceded it has potential and should be explored.</p><p>&quot;But that doesn&#39;t mean it is a reasonable alternative to a 908-megawatt reactor,&quot; he said, referring to Davis-Besse&#39;s generating capacity.</p></blockquote><p>The panel now has to decide whether the environmental groups can move forward with their petition to intervene.</p><p>To date the <a href="">Nuclear Regulatory Commission</a> has yet to deny a license renewal, though several applications are still <a href="">pending</a>.</p><p>In Michigan, the license for the <a href="">Fermi II Nuclear Plant</a> is good through 2025. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:12:21 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1495 at Enviros want to replace Ohio nuclear plant with wind, solar energy