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MUSKEGON — Building off a successful effort in the Traverse City area to create a community-based solar energy collective, a group in the Muskegon and Grand Haven area wants to bring a similar approach to developing solar energy systems on the lakeshore.

While Grand Valley State University’s specialized research buoy collects data at a site in Lake Michigan about six miles offshore between Muskegon and Whitehall, the school has yet to identify further funding to keep the program running beyond this year.

A firm believer that Michigan can continue to see economic benefits from the advanced energy industry, Dan Scripps serves as president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) and the Institute for Energy Innovation.

Alternative energy jobs do exist, and they’re being created at companies in West Michigan.

A partnership involving the cities of Grand Rapids and Wyoming wants to double down on its past investments in wastewater treatment facilities to help get ahead of cost increases the partners see on the horizon.

Commercial growers pay great attention to the soils and nutrients they use with their plants, but until now, the lighting in growing operations has been mostly an afterthought.

As companies welcome lower utility costs thanks to cheap natural gas, some wonder whether the current energy situation could be doing a disservice to the development of renewable energy — and to the planet.

While the advanced battery industry has experienced a tepid start in West Michigan, one executive thinks the sector is just beginning to explore its market opportunities.

Despite the promise of a revolutionary new technology for small-scale wind energy, one local company has found the industry’s headwinds too stiff to stay in business.

TRAVERSE CITY — A Northern Michigan energy cooperative thinks it has a solution to lower cost barriers and help more people access renewable solar energy.

ANN ARBOR — State policy can be a larger impediment to renewable energy than overcast skies and a lack of wind.

MUSKEGON — Money for wind sentinel buoy research at the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center is running out.

The movement toward distributed power generation has not been easy, especially for companies in the renewable energy sector.

GRAND RAPIDS — The debate over Michigan’s energy future remains a charged discussion.

Those who would dismiss the solar energy industry in Michigan should think twice before they pull down the shade on what many see as a promising renewable energy sector.

As Grand Valley State University continues pushing the sustainability envelope, facilities engineers at the university expect to see larger upfront costs and longer payback periods for future energy efficiency projects. 

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