|215 E. Washington, Suite 201
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Contact: Kelly Weger
Organization’s Social Mission
Description of Organization
The Michigan Renewable Schools Program, operated by Energy Works, assisted in the installation of 30 renewable energy systems at 28 school districts during 2009-2011, generating over 40,000 kiloWatt (kW) hours of emission-free solar and wind power. An additional 39 school districts received energy audits and technical assistance in implementing actions to reduce costs and increase energy efficiency, including improved lighting and more efficient heating and cooling.
The expansion of Energy Works services was be made possible by a $4.4 million grant awarded to Energy Works by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), in November 2010. All Michigan schools are eligible to participate, including public, private, parochial and post-secondary institutions.
Energy Works program offerings include:
• Renewable Energy (RE): Technical and financial assistance for renewable energy installations, including solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind power installations, and geothermal feasibility studies. Energy production data from these schools can be viewed online through a public website at EnergyWorksMichigan.PowerDash.com.
• Energy Efficiency (EE): Energy efficiency audits and technical and financial assistance to implement improvements in school buildings.
• K-12 Educational Resources and Training: Curriculum development and teacher training, aligned with the State of Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations, including lesson plans on energy efficiency, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, and geothermal energy.
• Post-secondary education: Education and training partnerships with Michigan community colleges, junior colleges and universities.
• Teacher and Student Led Green Initiatives: Classroom grants and contests to support classroom lessons and student projects on electricity generation, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
School officials who are interested in participating in any of the above programs can contact Energy Works at info@EnergyWorksMichigan.org, 734.369.9699.
Additional information, including real-time tracking of electricity produced by renewable energy installations in Michigan schools, is available at www.energyworksmichigan.org