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Are You Looking to Install a Solar Energy System?

Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) is a trade association of businesses that install solar, wind and geothermal renewable energy systems. If you are interested in a renewable energy system and would like to learn more about how they work and how you can save money for your home, business or place of worship, then contact us and we can have one or more of our energy contractors get in touch with you. These energy professionals will explain how solar works (or wind and geothermal) and what the process is to install a system. They can also help you get a low-interest loan, if need it, to pay for the system. If you want to save money and help protect the environment then consider installing your own renewable energy system and generate your own power! Contact John Freeman for more information at Jfreeman13@comcast.net or by calling (313) 655-7945.

2018 GLREA Solar Home Tour and Open House

GLREA and American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) held the 23rd Annual Solar Home Tour and Open House on October 6. Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association works with local volunteer coordinators to line up homes and businesses that members of the public can visit.

The purpose of this Tour and Open House is that it provides an opportunity for people to learn about solar by seeing a home or office with a solar system and by talking to the owner or the contractor that installed the solar system. The goal is to help homeowners and business learn how solar energy and energy efficiency can save money, lessen our dependence on fossil fuels and help prevent climate change.

Tours and Open Houses were held in the following communities:









Livingston County



Traverse City


Thank you to our local coodinators and 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

GLREA Membership

Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association's mission, is to expand renewable energy in Michigan. We do this by educating homeowners, farmers and business about the benefits of renewable energy, developing public policy that supports the expansion of renewable energy and working with the MI Piublic Service Commission to not allow the big utilities in Michigan to stop small scale solar. But for GLREA to do this work we need all supporters of renewable energy to become a member of this organization. GLREA is only as strong as its membership! We need all current members to renew their dues and we want new people to join the organization.

Your dues money pays for staff so we can fight the utilities and for putting on events and activities. Because we are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dues are tax deductible. Please go to the Membership page on this website or click here and renew your dues or sign up as a member for the first time.

If you have any questions please contact John Freeman Jfreeman13@comcast.net or call at 313 655-7945. Thank-you!

GLREA: 2018 Renewable Energy Photo Contest

GLREA is pleased to announce the 2018 Renewable Energy Photo Contest!

We are doing this for the simple reason that pictures of renewable energy systems are beautiful because they look serene and peaceful and we know by looking at them that they are generating clean electrical energy that doesn't pollute the environment or generate carbon dioxide that is causing climate change. It would be a major stretch to look at a picture of a coal operating powerplant and say that it is beautiful. But we can with solar systems and wind turbines. So we encourage all our Members or even Non-Members to submit pictures of your favorate renewable energy systems.

Here are the rules:

Photos must be taken in 2018 and they must be submitted by November 30, 2018. There are two categories of awards - Individual and Business. Each photo submitted must identify which category it falls under. Pictures submitted by an Individual must be of a renewable energy system, event or scene in Michigan. Pictures submitted by a Business must be of a renewable energy system they intalled or a renewable energy event they participated in. If submitted under the Business category, the business name must be included.

Each photo submitted must be indentified with the submitter's name, email address and a paragraph telling the story about the photo. Each contestant may submit up to 5 photo's in each category. Photo's should be submitted in a .jpg format and emailed to Dave Konkle at Konkle@toast.net.

Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the GLREA Annual Meeting in December. Prizes will include Public Recognition, winning Pictures posted on the GLREA Website and a Plaque.

We encourage all Members to participate! This is a fun event but we take it seriously as part of our Mission of educating the public about solar and other forms of renewable energy, because as the old adage says 'a picture is worth a thousand words'!

If you have any further questions or comments contact John Freeman at Jfreeman13@comcast.net. Thanks!