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Solar Bankruptcy Trustee Sues For $950 Million

The trustee in bankruptcy for Energy Conversion Devices, parent of United Solar of Greenville, is suing three Chinese solar panel companies. The allegations filed in Federal District Court in Detroit against Trina Solar Ltd,...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - September 2013

In This Issue: - Still Getting Ready to Make Good Energy Decisions - Net Metering Participation Increases - Methane–to-Methanol Plant Operational - Adopt-A-Watt Helps Library - Restrictive Wind Zoning...more

Solar Project Has Dual Axis Tracking

Crain Hill Vineyard, north of Traverse City, is Michigan’s first 100 percent solar powered winery. ...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - July 2013

In This Issue: - Gas Generating Plant Certificate of Necessity Sought - Natural Gas Generation to Cut Need for Coal - S.S. Badger Saves Diesel Fuel by Carrying Wind Towers - Albion Solar Company Growing -...more

Region Aims To Be First Solar-Ready Michigan Community

Clean Energy Coalition of Ann Arbor has been working with Williams Charter Township, the City of Midland, the City of Saginaw, and Thomas Township to streamline local permitting, planning and zoning processes for solar...more

Solar Panels At GM Tech Center

Empower Energies of Troy has completed four photovoltaic solar projects, including a groundmounted 49 kw solar array and three solar electric vehicle charging stations at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren....more

Community Solar Success

Individual customers have signed up to lease each panel for 25 years for a one-time fee of $470 per solar panel. A rebate of up to $150 will be given the customer to account for energy optimization credits. ...more

5/3/2013  /  Solar Energy , Solar Panels

World Trade Organization Rules Against Ontario’s “Buy Local” Program

The Province of Ontario has imposed a requirement that in order to participate in its feed in tariff program (FIT) for solar energy a project much source at least 60% of the solar project content from within the Province....more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: - Electric Choice Spreads to Two New Utilities - Torrification Plant to Supply Carbon for Pollution Control - Readying Michigan to Make Good Energy Decisions - New Leader for New Michigan Energy...more

Pure Michigan Solar Panel

Contractors Building Supply of Copemish has signed an agreement to produce solar panel in its facility. The joint venture agreement is with Sonali Energees USA LLC, the New Jersey based subsidiary of India-based Sonali...more

2/12/2013  /  Solar Energy , Solar Panels

Solar Array For Grand Rapids Superfund Site?!

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a grant to the City of Grand Rapids to do a feasibility study for a solar array at a former superfund site. The Butterworth Landfill was an unlined, 60 acre...more

Plastic Solar Cells On The Horizon?

One of the potential options for lowering the cost of solar energy would be the development of more efficient plastic solar cells. However, to increase the current low energy conversion efficiencies of plastics requires...more

Favorable Tax Decision On Solar Array

In December the Michigan Tax Tribunal ruled that a ground-mounded solar array is personal property and not real property for local taxing purposes. The 147 kW photovoltaic electric generating facility in question, built by...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - January 2013

In This Issue: - Another Baseload Natural Gas Plant for Consumers Energy - Favorable Tax Decision on Solar Array - Quackenbush/Bakkal to Prepare Energy Report - Plastic Solar Cells on the Horizon? - Law Suit...more

New Effort to Develop Better Solar And Wind-Powered Batteries

A multi-partner team, led by Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, has been awarded a five-year $120 Million federal Department of Energy grant to create the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. Secretary of Energy...more

Solar Shingles Come (Back) To Michigan

Dow Solar has announced an expansion of the availability of its Powerhouse Solar Shingles to areas that include Michigan. The product is manufactured at Dow’s Midland facility and has a 20 year performance warranty, both as a...more

1/3/2013  /  Manufacturers , Solar Energy

Renewable Energy Approvals For Detroit Edison

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has approved a 2 MW Phase II for Detroit Edison’s customer-owned SolarCurrents Program. Fifty percent of the renewable energy credit credits (RECs) will be purchased “up-front”...more

12/17/2012  /  Renewable Energy , Solar Energy

Reducing Total Lifetime System Costs For Solar Panels

Dow Chemical of Midland is marketing a new way to minimize delamination in solar panels. Using polyolefin technology, Dow has created its ENLIGHT™ product which combines the encapsulate and backsheet as one unit for solar...more

12/13/2012  /  Solar Energy

Patriot Solar Development Efforts Shine

Albion-based Patriot Solar has completed a number of solar projects in the 4th quarter of 2012. Having supplied the racking systems for a 3 MW array as Phase I of a 62 MW project in Rockford, Illinois, it has been the lead...more

12/13/2012  /  Solar Energy

Talking About Alternative Energy

Yesterday evening I was one-half of the program for the IEEE West Michigan Consultant’s Network. The meeting was held at DornerWorks in Grand Rapids and was well attended. It is always interesting when lawyer meets...more

12/4/2012  /  Solar Energy
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