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MOCAP winds up SERC grant for renewable energy in Muskegon and Oceana The Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership (MOCAP) is winding up its Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers (SERC) grant from the US Department of Energy. The final phase includes the installation of 46 additional residential units, bringing the project total to 120 installations. In addition a 16 kW PV system and a large solar water heating system were recently installed on West Michigan Therapys transitional living facility in Muskegon. Kim Walton, MAREC program coordinator and project consultant, will continue to assist MOCAP with project follow-up. 6
Muskegon port has critical role in advancing Michigans wind industry On August 22, 2012 an ocean-going freighter arrived at the Muskegon Mart Dock carrying a load of German-manufactured wind blades for the Exelon Corporation Beebe Community Wind Farm in Ithaca, Michigan. Several photos in this gallery depict the first blade -- 59 meters (189 feet) long weighing 11 tons -- as it was being offloaded. This is the first of seven freighter shipments that are scheduled to arrive in Muskegon in the next 30-90 days. There will be four shipments of blades and three shipments of tower components. The blades are coming from Germany and the tower sections from Korea. The 2.4 MW turbines are being manufactured by Nordex USA. When completed, the Beebe Community Wind Farm will feature 34 turbines and be able to produce 81.6 MW of electricity  enough to power more than 27,000 homes, according to Nordex USA. The components are being staged at the Mart Dock facility and will begin to move by road to Ithaca--some 45 miles north of Lansing-- beginning September 10. 6
Longer Days settles into MAREC Longer Days, a virtual assistance company founded by Muskegon native Chad Lawie, finds a new home in the MAREC incubator space after moving in July 1, 2012. The 2-year-old company provides outsourcing services such as Web design, copy writing and administrative support to more than 80 clients worldwide, including companies in Montreal, South Africa, Alaska, U.K. and Costa Rica. Longer Days moved in with more than a dozen full-time employees. LongerDays.com | News Release 10
WindSentinel: Spring & Summer Voyages of 2012 The deployment of the WindSentinel research buoy during the spring and summer periods in 2012. 7
WindSentinel is Dedicated, Deployed and on Duty for Offshore Wind Research From its dedication on October 7, 2011 to its deployment November 4 in Lake Michigan four miles offshore from Muskegon, MAREC's WindSentinel has had quite a journey...with more to come. To see photos of the buoy's construction in Vancouver and delivery to Muskegon, click here. For more about the AXYS WindSentinel and the Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Assessment Program, click here. 26
MOCAP and MAREC showcase solar installations for citizens On November 28, 2011 officials from Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership, Inc. (MOCAP) held a community presentation to celebrate progress towards implementing the Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers grant (SERC), awarded to the organization earlier this year. With technical assistance from MAREC, the MOCAP organization is using this grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to bring renewable energy technology to income-qualified home owners and qualified residential facilities. Following the event, guests took a tour of two residential facilities served by the project, Every Woman's Place and the Muskegon Rescue Mission Men's Shelter. More at Read more 34
Incubate, pack up, launch expansion! Smart Vision Lights completes MAREC incubator stay Smart Vision Lights, a MAREC incubator tenant, launches a business expansion after exceeding its start-up goals and doubling sales every year since entering the incubator program. SVL employees took time to visit with MAREC staff as they did their final packing, preparing to open in their own building on August 22. 10
WindSentinel From Vancouver to Muskegon Grand Valley State University MAREC and the University of Michigan have worked hard in collaboration to conduct a feasibility study on wind energy in Michigan's Great Lakes. The centerpiece of the project is the WindSentinel offshore wind research buoy, shown here being built at AXYS Technologies headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, and then delivered to Muskegon in late September, 2011. See the WindSentinel dedicated, deployed and on duty by clicking here. Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Assessment Program website 19
Made in Michigan: Renewable Energy Technology Show 2012 The 2012 edition of our annual alternative and renewable energy technology trade show. 6
Made in Michigan: Renewable Energy Technology Show 2011 MAREC showcases "green" businesses by hosting our first ever technology show. 63
MAREC Facility and Technology The Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center and the energy technologies it showcases. 28