MAREC receives grant to study solar thermal systems

Date: May 13, 2013

Story originally published on GVNow on May 13, 2013.
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Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center received a grant from the Michigan Energy Office to study solar thermal system costs and efficiency improvements for use in Michigan’s climate. 

Kim Walton, program director for MAREC, said some large solar energy systems that are being installed in West Michigan are based on design criteria that come from other parts of the country, and may or may not be optimal for the West Michigan region. 

“West Michigan is an area where very little solar research has been conducted,” she said. “Understanding how different factors work together can help installers of the solar systems design the most efficient systems and lower overall costs.” 

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