A nonprofit that has been operating in Grant Township in northeast Keweenaw County has received a grant from Michigan State’s Regional Economic Innovation Center. Managing Director Melissa Davis says the award will allow New Power to expand its work into the rest of the county.
New Power works with remote areas to help devise projects that can generate power for specific uses that happen off the grid. Even Keweenaw County, with barely 2,100 residents, has needs for two megawatts of power. Given that kind of demand, a utility is sensitive to even small developments, especially if it is difficult to hook into the existing infrastructure.
New Power is trying to fill that gap by helping create self-sufficient alternative power solutions for these unique situations. It also explains how to structure local financing for the projects. Everything is done to work in conjunction with area utilities, rather than as a direct competitor.
The full press release is below. You can learn more about New Power’s work in Grant Township last year here.