Michigan Energy Demonstration Centers

MAREC has been named as a Michigan Energy Demonstration Center by the state's energy department.  Energy Demonstration Centers are chosen based on their ability to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, and sustainable living solutions for Michigan residents and to help grow businesses in the alternative and renewable energy sectors. 

These centers are recognized because the technologies and practices they illustrate help homeowners and business owners reduce energy use, save money, and protect the environment.  Links to other Energy Demonstration Centers may be found below.

MAREC at Sunset

Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center

Anchoring the Muskegon Lakeshore SmartZone and partnered with Grand Valley State University, MAREC serves as an economic development catalyst and business accelerator, as well as a center for technology development, with emphasis on alternative and renewable energy.

MAREC offers business start-up and incubation opportunities in partnership with the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). Efforts also include education and outreach programs for energy professionals, educators, citizen groups, and industry. Technology initiatives include collaborative studies regarding off-shore wind development. MAREC's LEED-certified facility demonstrates wind and solar energy, a micro-turbine, and other clean energy technology.

More Demonstration Centers in Michigan

Click a logo to be taken to the respective facility's homepage.

Alliance logo Alliance for Environmental Sustainability

949 Wealthy St, #201
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Alliance became the first energy demonstration organization in Western Michigan, the State Energy Office recognized the importance of establishing a site in the Grand Rapids area that, when linked to other state energy demonstration centers, provided information on ENERGYSTAR appliances, energy efficient mortgages and green building practices.

Clean Energy Coalition logo

Clean Energy Coalition

44 East Cross Street
Ypsilanti, MI, 48198

Clean Energy Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting clean energy technologies as a way to create healthier, energy independent communities.

GLREA logoGreat Lakes Renewable Energy Association

257 South Bridge Street
Dimondale, MI 48821



GLREA's demonstration center features an energy efficient renovation of a historic 1897 Civil War Memorial Hall with renewable energy applications. You can view the Traveling Renewable Energy Display, review our library, take a tour, attend the PV Certification Training Program, attend a seminar, and more.

Michigan Energy Options logoMichigan Energy Options

Main Office:
405 Grove Street
E. Lansing, MI 48823

Upper Peninsula Branch;
205 S. Front Street, Suite 2F
Marquette, MI 49855

For more than 30 years, Michigan Energy Options (formerly Urban and Northern Options) has delivered energy efficiency and sustainability solutions to households, businesses and public institutions throughout our state. Our two Energy Demonstration Centers, located in East Lansing and Marquette, enable visitors to see sustainable technologies at work.

Northwestern Michigan Community CollegeThe Energy Center at Northwestern Michigan College

1701 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49686
231 995-1701

Northwestern Michigan College was established and funded in part by the MI Energy Office and MI Public Service Commission; the Michigan Energy Demonstration Center at Northwestern Michigan College provides MI residents the opportunity to be at the forefront of using energy effectively. It also facilitates discussion, education, and outreach opportunities for regional residents.

Upland Hills logoUpland Hills Ecological Awareness Center

2375 Indian Lake Road
Oxford, MI 48370

Upland Hills Ecological Awareness Center was designed and built in the late 1970’s; the facility is a model of renewable energy and ecological design. Designed to embrace and blend in nature, the center offers programs and workshops on topics ranging from energy conservation and renewable energy to holistic health and indigenous wisdom. Visit to see a wide variety of energy efficiency options, from solar systems to wind generators.

Warm Training Center logoWARM Training Center

4835 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48210

WARM Training Center began in 1981 as a nonprofit organization training people in weatherization and construction related trades; now they incorporate green building and sustainable practices into their demonstration center. You can tour their office and see a working wind turbine, green building materials, daylights, recycled materials, and many other green demonstrations.



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