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Energy Fairs & Activities

Traverse City Regional Energy Fair

The Michigan Clean Energy Conference & Fair located in Traverse City, will bring together the top renewable energy leaders, businesses, investors, supporters and customers from northern Michigan to discuss ways to expand and accelerate Michigan’s new renewable energy economy.

The Michigan Clean Energy Conference & Fair, will kick off Friday, June 23 with an evening session from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the State Theater, located at 233 E. Front St, Traverse City, MI, with a panel discussion on "The Future of Electric Mobility."  On Saturday, June 24, the "Clean Energy Conference" will be held at Northwestern Michigan College Aero Park Laboratories located at 2525 Aero Park Dr, Traverse City.  This day long Conference consisting of keynote speeches, plenary sessions and workshops, will address issues and hurdles that is holding back the expansion of renewable energy in Michigan.  On Sunday, June 25, the GLREA Energy Fair will also be held at Aero Park Laboratories, where renewable energy businesses will set up their energy systems and mingle with the general public, so homeowners, farmers and business can learn how renewable energy can save owners money by lowering high electrical costs and promoting a cleaner environment.  Workshops will be held to explain how solar energy works, how investing in renewable energy is a sound financial investment and how renewable energy systems can be financed. 

All three events are open to the Public.  Individuals, Families, Kids and Students are all welcome!  If you (business, organization, individual) would like to be a Sponsor of this Conference & Fair and secure a booth, contact John Freeman at Jfreeman13@comcast.net or call (313) 655-7945.

Please save the dates of June 23, 24 and 25 and come to Traverse City to learn and discuss the future of renewable energy in Michigan and how your household, farm or business can save money by investing in a renewable energy system!

Regional Energy Fairs

Rather than holding one statewide Energy Fair every year, GLREA has decided that we will now be organizing and holding multiple ‘Regional Energy Fairs’ in different locations in Michigan. Our first Regional Energy Fair, that we are organizing with Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, will be held in Traverse City on June 23, 24 and 25.

Our second Regional Energy Fair will be held in southeast Michigan, in the city of Ferndale on September 8, 2017. Stay tuned for details. 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.