The faciliites at the Eco Learning Center are powered entirely by a small solar array and a small wind generator. The system was upgraded in the summer of 2004 which has increased the groundwater pumping capacity for irrigation of crops. Plans are being developed to install a wind generator in 2005 that will power electrical needs for a new pump in the garden area, as well as all of the electrical needs for the future food building/demonstration center and caretaker's cabin. Solar hot water will also be utilized on these structures.
Solar and wind power united with designing for energy effciency can easily meet the needs of the Center. We invite those interested in alternative energy to visit the Center to see a demonstration of it's use.
See more information on alternative energy in Michigan by visiting the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, the list of Michigan energy alternative energy incentives programs and the NextEnergy an initiative to advance the use of alternative energy technologies.