Recently, the Spinal Column did an in depth analysis of local zoning ordinances with respect to the use of alternative energy throughout our area: They did an excellent job reporting on different companies that are gearing up to use alternative energy sources (such as the Ford plant) and looking at how various municipalities are dealing with regulations in this area. With costs continually rising, it is exciting to know that individuals and local institutions are starting to consider greener solutions. I was delighted to see there already are schools in Huron Valley such as Oxbow Community School that are already using solar panels (and Milford High which is in the process). Surprisingly, solar panels can be used to offset energy costs even in our part of the country. You don't have to live in sunny California. They are also very effective in Michigan. I think that legislators in Michigan should consider offering more incentives for individuals and companies to install solar panels and wind turbines. I hope Highland Township will consider going green and consider taking a leadership role in using alternative energy sources.
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