Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231.242.1400 / 1.866.652.5822

Environmental Services Program


  Renewable Energy

In 2005, LTBB developed Mno-Gwaashkweziwin (Good Energy) Plan: First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands. This plan contains information on different types of renewable energy, evaluates the renewable energy potential of certain LTBB properties, and lays out a Renewable Strategic Energy Plan.

In 2009, LTBB received a Department of Energy grant to develop two pilot renewable energy projects. The first project was to install a cold-weather biodiesel shed and produce biodiesel for LTBB vehicles. Biodiesel is made from used cooking oil and can be made for a fraction of the price of regular diesel fuel. The first batch of biodiesel was produced in June 2012. The second pilot project was to install a small-scale wind turbine. LTBB purchased and installed an anemometer to collect wind data beginning in late 2010. Although several sites were evaluated, the Mtigwaakiis Housing site was selected for this project. Construction of the wind turbine was completed on June 8, 2012. To date, the turbine has produced over 1,000 kilowatt hours (or about 15% of total monthly energy use) and reduced CO2 emissions by 0.70 metric tons. That’s the equivalent of saving 80 gallons of gas or planting 18 trees.


Mtigwaakiis Wind Turbine

Facilities staff Mark Givens shows off the new education sign at the turbine site.

 


 

Government Center
7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231.242.1400
1.866.652.5822
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