WHAT WE DO
  NORTHPORT                          ENERGY
OUR MISSION AND GOAL
 
To transform the Leelanau Peninsula
into a community 100 percent powered by efficient and sustainable energy sources.


 
WHAT WE DO
 
- Implement energy conservation and efficiency 
- Conceive, support and promote community green projects

- Advise and advocate for progressive renewable energy policy 
- Inform and educate individuals, households and communities

 

SOME ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2008    
- Initial formation of Northport Energy Action Task Force

2009    
- First monthly meeting held in January

- First energy audits conducted for low-income families

- Northport Energy website goes on line

2010    
- Registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit with the State of Michigan
- Leelanau Community Energy LLC formed as a for-profit partner to establish eligibility for funding opportunities
- Members made multiple presentations to village, township and county government boards
and committees proposing renewable energy projects, including a wind turbine
​at the Northport wastewater treatment facility

2011
- Conducted 12-month wind feasibility study at the proposed Wastewater Treatment plant turbine site
and completed avian study that concluded bird kills would be highly unlikely
- Held day-long Energy Expo at Leelanau Township Library

- Partnered with Leelanau Community Energy to purchase and install a Vesta V20 120 kW wind turbine
​at the Northport Wastewater Treatment Facility.  The wind turbine was officially commissioned November 14, 2012 via a net metering contract with Consumers Energy. The Village of Northport receives income based on a portion of the annual revenues generated.

2013
- Sponsored free Solar Workshop at Leelanau Township Fire Hall.

2014

- Assisted with installation of solar electric systems for Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region’s Depot project

2015
- Partnered with Leelanau Community Energy to purchase and install a 30 kW solar array at the
Northport Wastewater Treatment Facility
- Northport Creek Golf Course solar project phase-2 completed with two ground mounted, solar tracking arrays
​The system provides 100% golf course and club house energy requirements
- Informational booth at Leelanau Uncaged
- Leelanau Township Renewable Energy Study Completed by University of Michigan
School of Natural Resources and the Environment graduate students

2016 
- Northport Energy updates internal branding components and plan
- Second project with University of Michigan graduate students approved
- Northport Energy Logo and Website updated
- Assisted with approval and funding for Northport School senior project installing a solar array at the school
- Partnered with League of Women Voters to host the first Leelanau County Solar Harvest Tour
- Led a successful campaign to pressure Cherryland Electric Cooperative to expand its renewable energy offerings


2017
- Membership in the Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce
- Membership on the Northport Leadership Team
- Sponsorship of two Music-In-The-Park events
- Participation at Leelanau Uncaged
- Wrote & received Leelanau Township Community Foundation Grant for Public Education Initiatives
- Design and installation of educational signage at major wind and solar sites
- Doubled our paid memberships
- Assisted the Village of Northport with the installation of the first free public EV chargers on the peninsula
- Successfully interved in behalf of local solar owners at the State Tax Office changing solar system treatedment

2018
- Northport Energy hosted a highly successful tour of both residential and commercial solar installations, along with a documentary film and panel discussion at the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay.

- For the first time ever, Northport Energy hosted an electric vehicle "Island" at the Northport,
​Cars-In-The-Park festival. 

- Northport Energy has improved and expanded our Home Energy Audit program by training more inspectors, improving our educational materials, and performing more audits.

- Northport Energy partnered with local supporters of the Dark Sky Movement adding this initiative as an official arm of Northport Energy. 

- The Public Policy Committee of Northport Energy is actively working with officials from both the Village of Northport and Leelanau Township to adopt renewable-energy-friendly zoning language.

- Northport Energy membership partnered with other local organizations to raise over $1,300 towards a new recycling center for our community.



NORTHPORT ENERGY - WE GET THINGS DONE!