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Senators' Clean Energy Summer School: Lesson No. 2

Senators' Clean Energy Summer School: Lesson No. 2

Clean Energy | June 30, 2016 | By Jim Dulzo

It's time for another lesson here at our tuition-free, unaccredited, but completely credible MI Senators' Clean Energy Summer School! We're training you up to convince your state senator to transform SB 437 and 438 from their current, flat-out flunkiness into Best In Class clean energy legislation when lawmakers get back to Lansing in September. So...let's get to it!

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Groundwork Shines: Solar Power Heads North

Groundwork Shines: Solar Power Heads North

Clean Energy | April 22, 2016 | By Jim Dulzo

To most people, “going solar” looks daunting. That’s because, unless you’re an expert, it is. And that’s why today—Earth Day 2016, exactly 21 years after Groundwork was founded as the Michigan Land Use Institute—we are launching Groundwork Shines to help homeowners choose a right-sized, quality solar system for their house; get it expertly installed at a fair price; start protecting the air, water, and climate; and see modest but steady returns from their smart investments.

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Phony Energy ‘Markets’ Need Mandates from Lansing

Phony Energy ‘Markets’ Need Mandates from Lansing

Clean Energy, Groundwork News | June 23, 2015 | By Jim Dulzo

The debate among state lawmakers over how best to update Michigan’s renewable energy policies reveals a stark difference. Some in Lansing are loath to actually require our monopoly utilities to add more renewables or help customers cut energy waste. But others insist that only strong legislation that forces utilities to provide additional clean energy will get the job done. History favors the pragmatists.

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Crowdfunding Could Brighten Michigan’s Clouded Solar Future

Clean Energy | February 24, 2015 | By Jim Dulzo

Want to invest in a hot technology, earn a decent rate of return, create Michigan jobs, and battle climate change—all at the same time? Thanks to an innovative state law that allows “crowdfunded” investments by state residents in new or existing businesses, Michiganders could soon do exactly that by crowd-investing in clean energy projects, particularly solar power systems, located at certain kinds of businesses and institutions.

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Peter Boogaart: On-bill financing key to Holland's home retrofits

Clean Energy | February 3, 2015 | By Jim Dulzo

Peter Boogaart knows exactly what he’ll do when he retires later this month. The longtime Holland-area resident is leaving the Ottawa County Community Action Agency after six years of helping low-income families tighten up their homes to cut their often budget-crushing energy bills. Now the 66-year-old home efficiency veteran will ramp up his already strong volunteer involvement in the Holland Community Energy Plan’s home efficiency retrofit project, which aims to cut gas and electric consumption of each of the city’s 7,000-plus homes by up to 50 percent over 40 years.

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