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Sustainable Technology, Made In Michigan, In Muskegon This Week

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Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center on the Lake Muskegon shoreline. Grand Valley State University photo.

Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center on the Lake Muskegon shoreline. Grand Valley State University photo.

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MUSKEGON — Renewable energy technologies and sustainable products that are produced by Michigan-based companies will be highlighted at Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center’s second annual Made in Michigan Show.

The Made in Michigan Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology Show will be held Thursday, March 22 from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MAREC, 200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon

The show is open to the public. A $5 donation is requested and will go toward supporting the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.

Vendors such as Flint-based solar thermal manufacturer Sunsiaray and Saginaw-based Global Watt will be on display to highlight technologies and products produced by Michigan-based companies. (Vendor booths are still available; for more information, contact Kim Walton, MAREC program coordinator, and (616) 331-6907 or waltonk@gvsu.edu.)

Targeted for installers, dealers, distributors, contractors and other businesses as well as the general public, Made in Michigan seeks to bridge the gap between vendors and customers. It also seeks to raise awareness about Michigan’s growing role in building and supplying the “green” economy.

Other activities during Made in Michigan:
* Great Lakes Energy Association membership meeting: March 22, 4-5 p.m., open to the public.
* 25/25 Energy Forum: March 22, 6-7 p.m., a discussion about the pros and cons of a survey to introduce a Renewable Energy Portfolio for 25 percent of Michigan power to come from renewable sources by 2025. Douglas Jester from 5 Lakes Energy and Charles Conlen, director of renewable energy for DTE Energy, will be speakers. A reception will follow.
* Photovoltaics and Wind Workshop: March 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a workshop for business and homeowners. Bruce Lowstuter, president of Clean Energy Systems, will be the guest speaker.

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