23 May '11, 4pm

Bringing renewables home: it's happening in Michigan

Last week a study came out listing the top ten states in clean energy "leadership" and at first glance it was mostly what you might think: California, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado. But I was surprised to see Michigan listed as the leading state in clean energy patents. That led me to wonder, what's going on in Michigan? And that question led me to Dan Kuipers. Dan has no patents to his name as far as I know, but he's is not your average Michigan college student either. To begin with, when he graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale earlier this month, he was 35, with three kids, not 22 years-old and fancy-free. Here’s another thing that makes Dan Kuipers different: He’s got a good job in his home state, near the Great Lake that he loves. That’s no small feat. Among Kuipers’ classmates, a sizable number are still unemployed. (One-eighth of GVSU...

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