Solar Celebration Event | Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 pm

The Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is hosting a Solar Celebration event on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 pm at the Traverse Area Library on Woodmere Ave. in Traverse City to recognize successful solar projects from around the Grand Traverse region.

The program will feature Skip Pruss from 5 Lakes Energy presenting an update on the need to transition to wind and solar energy. Also included will be: Short’s Brewing, Traverse Heights Elementary, Light of Day Organic Tea Farm, Leelanau Solar, American Waste and much, much more. The program will also feature Groundwork Center’s new Clean Energy Specialist Dan Worth on goals and objectives focused on increasing solar production in the area.

For more information please call Greg Reisig at 231-264-8396 or visit NMEAC’s facebook page.

Background

NMEAC has been advocating for a transition to solar energy for over five years. During that time we have held numerous meetings and met extensively with Traverse City Light & Power board chairman John Taylor.

Last winter, NMEAC held three community stakeholder meetings at the Park Place Hotel to discuss our goal of 100% renewable energy by 2025. These meetings were very successful and included representatives from the city commission, Northwest Michigan College, Traverse City Area Schools, SEEDS, Groundwork Center, 5 Lakes Energy, Leelanau Solar as well as many other groups.

These meetings led to a recent luncheon at Stella’s Restaurant which was attended by several businesses to hear about corporate initiatives to go solar and use renewable energy as well as methods of financing which might be used.

While NMEAC remains committed to removing the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipelines at the Straits of Mackinac we also will continue to advocate for the much needed transition to wind and solar energy in our region. Greg Reisig

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