Informational

The Power of Microgrids

A basic example of the structure of microgrids - Source

By Grant Faber, SEMREO Intern and UM Student Many people think of renewable energy, like residential solar PV, as a hedge against unreliability of utility-supplied power. In fact, though, most of the solar power (95%) installed in Michigan does not work when the electric grid goes down. This is a safety measure that prevents solar Read more…

Capturing BIG Energy Savings with Small Upfront Costs

A solar PV array at the police station in Brownstone, MI - Source

By Grant Faber, SEMREO Intern and UM Student Saving energy and generating renewable energy can be very expensive. Everybody knows these projects pay off over the long run, but high upfront costs act as a barrier. It usually costs more to buy energy-efficient equipment than more conventional choices (for example, LED lights are more expensive Read more…

The Intricacies of LED Streetlights and Financing

LED Streetlights in Ypsilanti, MI - Source

By Grant Faber, SEMREO Intern and UM Student The case for municipal conversion to LED streetlights in Southeast Michigan is more than clear; according to a University of Michigan study, conversion can save municipalities an average of 55% of their energy costs (“Creating a Plan”). Such a reduction in monthly expenses frees up operating funds Read more…