Development of on-line Energy Monitor for Renewable Generation

Leading-Edge Facility with Data Monitoring

The Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center is a self-sustaining energy facility focused on supporting economic growth in clean energy.  The facility has several power generating devices: a 30kW rooftop solar panel, a 30kW micro-turbine and a 1.8 kW wind turbine (see below). A recently installed data logging system allows users and visitors of MAREC to view real-time energy generation data.  In addition, the logging system can store data from the power meters for future use.  To view the MAREC Energy Monitor system, please click on the image below. 


MAREC Energy Monitor



MAREC:  A Fully Functional Distributed Energy Generation Center

MAREC is a "distributed energy generation" center, or one which produces the energy it needs to heat, cool, light, and power the building. Conversely, most energy used in homes and businesses today comes from "centralized generation" sources such as large electricity producing power plants. Futurists agree that energy use in the next century will mirror the "distributed generation" or self-sufficient example set by MAREC. The 25,000-square-foot MAREC facility is powered, in part, by a 30 kW micro-turbine, a 1.8 wind turbine, and photovoltaic solar roof tiles harness the solar power generated by the sun to create useful energy.

MAREC also incorporates energy-efficient features such as natural lighting, sensor-controlled interior lights, low-energy fluorescent light fixtures, under-floor air distribution, and zoned heating and cooling networks to achieve maximum energy efficiency. In addition, the building was constructed using many alternative and renewable building materials including flooring surfaces produced from fast-growing bamboo, recycled tires, and rigid wall surfaces made from pressed wheat. These materials were used to conserve and recycle valuable natural resources.

MAREC is also the first newly constructed facility in Michigan to receive "Gold Certification" as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building, and is only the tenth building in the country to receive this designation. Since receiving this certification, many other Grand Valley State University buildings have received certifications of their own, as well as many West Michigan businesses and organizations.

To find out more about LEED Certification, visit the State of Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality at or the U.S. Green Building Council at

A) 1.8 kW Wind Turbine

B) 30 kW PV Solar Roof

C) 30 kW Micro-turbine

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