Solar Thermal Hot Water
A solar thermal hot water system is extremely efficient and can reduce your hot water heating bills by up to 85% or more! Also, an evacuated tube solar collector is ideal for our northern climates, where we see more cloudy weather for a longer period during the year. Converting the sun’s energy to heat is the easiest transfer of power, which is why using this system to heat the water you use throughout your home or business is smart and it pays for itself in record time!
Wind Turbine Power
Michigan is ideally situated for stronger winds, being surrounded by the Great Lakes and higher elevated land, making wind an accessible and easily captured power source. Many of the wind turbines are designed for the wind speeds we get here in Michigan, producing 300-400 Kwh per month on the smaller side and upwards of 1,000 or more Kwh per month on a larger scale. Zoning and ordinances are the key – so be sure to check with your county and township to ensure you can put up the wind tower you desire.
Photovoltaic (PV) Power
Photovoltaic (PV) or better known as solar panels, collect the sun’s energy and converts it to electricity. While you may think that solar power is not very usable in northern Michigan, that is not the case. Especially when paired with a solar tracking system, solar power can provide a substantial amount of Kwh to your home. Even better, newer inverters make it possible to build your solar system one panel at a time, instead of having to pay the cost all at once for a multi-panel system.
The federal government has also initiated a 30% federal income tax credit for renewable energy systems. You can lessen your carbon footprint, lower your monthly utility bills and get 30% of the cost of your system back in your pocket!