Go Green! In 2011 metro Detroit municipalities increasingly saw a win-win in implementing energy-saving practices and policies. Businesses, schools and homeowners got in on the alternative energy game too, in large part inspired by grants, tax breaks and incentives offered by the federal and state governments and DTE. The result: saving money and possibly the earth.
It was a year that saw the landscape changed by green rooftops, solar installations, wind farms, geothermal-powered facilities, electric car charging stations and in Auburn Hills, for example, a plan to assist builders in building alternative-energy-based homes and businesses of the future.
Auburn Hills prepares for wave of electric vehicles
Auburn Hills makes energy efficiency a priority
Rochester Fire Department goes solar-powered
DTE adds 16 new electric car-charging stations to growing network
Macomb County breaks 100-mark in schools state certified as green
State grants enable dozens of Michigan schools to turn up solar and wind power
The story at Ferndale library is about going green
Metro Detroit's institutes of greener learning
Oakland County Airport first LEED-certified terminal in Michigan
Propane vehicles deliver for Wright & Fillippis
Interest in DTE's Solar Currents program so hot it's reached its goal
Downtown Royal Oak parking meters go solar
Sign of the times: Southgate hotel goes solar
By Kim North Shine