Traverse City took a leap toward its ambitious goal of powering 100 percent of city operations with clean energy with the opening of the M-72 Solar Project on Thursday, Oct. 26.
Traverse City is quickly transitioning from a fossil fuel-dependent city in a fossil fuel-dependent state and becoming a statewide leader on renewables and energy efficiency, as it supports jobs in the new energy economy.
When Gary Cozette and Joe Lada climb the ladder to the roof of their “Tower House” near Maple City, they behold a breathtaking view of the Glen Lakes, with the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan in the distance. In their immediate foreground is an array of recently installed, cutting-edge solar panels that harness the power of the sun, represent their commitment to the environment, and make them energy independent. Their solar investment represents both a moral statement and a smart utilitarian choice.
Crystal Mountain near Thompsonville is not your average four-season resort, and Jim MacInnes is not your average CEO. He is a former electrical power engineer and a well-respected environmentalist, known throughout the state as a renewable energy advocate-one who preaches “green,” not only for moral reasons but because clean energy makes economic sense.
Our nation, our economy and our world are transitioning toward renewable energy. The momentum appears unstoppable, despite the inertia in our federal government. Here in Michigan, clean energy advocate Skip Pruss has been a leading prophet both predicting and instigating this movement.
What better way to honor the Summer Solstice than with a celebration of the sun and its ability to power our society’s transition toward renewable energy? Groundwork hosts the Michigan Clean Energy Conference & Fair, June 23-25, in Traverse City.