February 20, 2018, Vol. 24, No. 12

An Array of Assistance

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A solar bank powers up at the former University presidential residence—with help from regional businesses and Husky alumni.

Michigan Technological University’s Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) will soon get energy from the sun. Generous donations from several sources supplied an 8,000-watt state-of-the-art solar-battery installation to provide renewable energy to the 5,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, six-bathroom, Kettle-Gundlach home on Woodland Drive. Built in 1953, transferred to Tech in 1992, it was home to two presidents, Dale Stein and Curt Tompkins.

“Since the house is on a wooded lot and the roof is flat, it’s not an ideal site for solar,” says Jay Meldrum, faculty advisor for Alternative Energy Enterprise (AEE) and sustainability house project leader. Read more.