Chart House Energy joins GVSU energy center's business incubator

Date: November 27, 2013

Torresen Solar Cells

Chart House Energy in 2010 put this 150-kilowatt solar power installation on the roof of Torresen Marine in Muskegon. (Chart House Energy LLC, photo from

By Dave Alexander |
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MUSKEGON, MI – Grand Valley State University’s goal of supporting energy and advanced technology companies through its Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center continues.

MAREC has signed a lease to allow Chart House Energy LLC to join its business incubator in the alternative energy center in the Harbor 31 business park on Muskegon Lake.

Chart House Energy is an independent power producer “providing discounted, emission-free electricity to governmental, commercial and private customers.” It develops, owns and operates sustainable, clean, on-site energy generation systems such as solar panel installations, MAREC Director Arn Boezaart said.

To date, the former Chicago-area-based Chart House Energy has completed solar photovoltaic projects generating nearly 2 megawatts of power, including the largest such installations in Michigan and Iowa, according to company president and founder Robert Rafson.

Chart House Energy’s work can be seen on the roof of a boat storage building at Torresen Marine in Muskegon on Lakeshore Drive. In 2010, Chart House Energy built and owns the 150-kilowatt solar project on the maritime sailboat company’s facility. At the time of installation, it was the largest solar project in Michigan.

“He wants to do more of the same from Muskegon and at MAREC and we are glad to have him on board,” Boezaart said of Rafson.

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