Mr. Great Lakes. As heard Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM Friday Edition, at 9 a.m. Eastern …
Dow Solar has announced a major expansion in the availability of its Powerhouse Solar Shingles.
Homeowners can now purchase the shingles through Kearns Bros., based in Dearborn, and Cobblestone Homes, based in Linwood, according to the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.
Powerhouse shingles protect like a standard shingle, but also have embedded solar cells to help power a home. They are made in Midland by Dow Solar, a business unit of the Dow Chemical Co.
Cobblestone is featuring the shingles on new model homes in the mid-Michigan region.
According to Dow, Kearns Bros. in Dearborn will service the re-roof market.
Homeowners who need a new roof can upgrade to a Powerhouse roof. The system costs more than a standard asphalt roof, but pays for itself over time through energy savings, and adds to the value of a home.
- See also, “Dow Making Solar Shingles“
BaySail in Bay City is nearing a milestone.
The nonprofit, which offers sailing and environmental education aboard to two Appledore schooners, has hosted nearly 40,000 students in 15 years of operation.
BaySail launched its Science Under Sail program in 1998, and since then has educated 37,969 students, according to leaders.
That amounts to 1,186 classes from elementary through high school that have come aboard two tall ships operated by program staff and volunteers.
The ships are docked on the Saginaw River and journey to Saginaw Bay and other parts of the Great Lakes.
A goal of BaySail is to activate the passion of the next generation by helping young people make direct connections to the natural world.
Students who come aboard the ships for science-based programs are often experiencing the Great Lakes for the first time.
BaySail also offers a regular schedule of public sails.
You can find out more at BaySailBayCity.org.
A new pump is giving new life to a large coastal wetland in Pinconning.
The pump replaces a failed pump structure at the Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in northern Bay County.
The new equipment can be used to manipulate water levels in a 298-acre marsh at the site.
Nayanquing Point consists of about 1,400 acres of coastal marsh and associated upland habitats along Saginaw Bay.
It provides habitat for thousands of migratory birds in the spring and fall. The 298-acre marsh area is managed to provide waterfowl hunting opportunities.
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